pianist, organist, vocalist, composer, arranger
Matt King began his piano studies when he was 5, and was playing professionally by age 14.
He attended the University of Illinois as a classical music major before relocating to the New York area, where he earned his degree in Jazz Studies & Performance from William Paterson University in NJ.
A Composition Fellowship recipient from the NJ State Council on the Arts, he has garnered numerous awards for his playing, composing, and arranging. Matt was a Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition semi-finalist, and the winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in 2000.
He has performed with many renowned jazz artists including Chris Potter, Rufus Reid, Billy Hart, Vic Juris, and Joe Morello; noted Brasilian musicians Nilson Matta and Claudio Roditi; iconic groups such as Blood, Sweat & Tears and The Shirelles; pop vocalists Phoebe Snow and Curtis Stigers; blues great Earl King, bluegrass master Tony Trischka, and many other artists across a broad stylistic spectrum.
Matt is also currently keyboardist and musical director for the distinguished jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb.
He has performed with four symphony orchestras in the US, appeared on The Today Show and Good Morning America, and played Holland?s renowned North Sea Jazz Festival, the New Orleans
Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Vermont Mozart Festival, and at numerous other venues throughout the US and 18 other countries.
King has appeared at Lincoln Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the Beacon Theater, the Rainbow Room, the Waldorf-Astoria, Tavern on the Green, the United Nations, Rockefeller Center, and the Empire State Building; at venues in the Catskills, the Poconos, Atlantic City, and Las Vegas; and at regional jazz meccas including The Blue Note, Birdland, Smoke, Sweet Rhythm, Shanghai Jazz, and Trumpets.
Currently free-lancing as a pianist, Hammond organist, and vocalist in a variety of musical genres, King also teaches piano and music theory privately, and in residencies through NJPAC, the
Paper Mill Playhouse, and the Morristown Community Theatre Performing Arts School.
Matt King?s NO FUN IS BAD
Matt King ? keyboards
Rob Reich ? guitar
Brian Killeen ? bass
Josh Dion ? drums
ORIGINAL, FUNKY JAZZ FUSION ala Herbie Hancock?s Headhunters, Weather Report, Tony Williams? Lifetime, The Yellowjackets, etc!
to videos (on my Facebook) which were shot at Trumpets, incidentally: