Flugelhornist and Brazilian jazz composer Matt Finley fronts Rio JAZZ , the Hudson Valley's premier Brazilian/American concert jazz band. Our concerts feature the music of Brazil, jazz standards, and original compositions.
A professional musician for over forty-five years, multi-instrumentalist Matt Finley is a native of Lake George, New York. He graduated from Union College, where he led a combined Union/SUNY Albany/RPI Jazz Workshop to the finals of the American College Jazz Festival. Matt earned his master's degree from the College of Saint Rose and is permanently certified to teach music in New York State. He performed for many years with Grammy-winning baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola and was a featured trumpet soloist and arranger with the Albany Jazz Workshop. Matt studied composition with Edgar Curtis, Founding Director of the Albany Symphony Orchestra.
A long-time member of American Federation of Musicians Local 238, Matt is a retired professor of computer information systems and was academic dean at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, New York. For many years, Matt accomplished his goal of learning to play a new instrument every year to improve his composing and arranging abilities. Not only a multi-instrumentalist, he is in demand as a composer, arranger, sound engineer and studio sideman., Matt's new CD, features Romero Lubambo, Mark Egan, Warren Bernhardt, Jon Werking, Joel Rosenblatt, Jeff Ciampa, Dave Finck, Jeff Siegel, Tomas Martin Lopez, Dan Levine, Barry Danielian, and David Mann. Preview all the tracks or purchase Matt's CD, at CD Baby. To purchase individual tracks, go to .