During my "wandering" years, the music of James Taylor was the thing that comforted me most and made me feel most at home. I spent many late nights walking the streets of mysterious towns listening to his Hourglass album.
Ever since I was in high school I wanted to do what Paul Shaffer did. I liked how his presence was understated and his sunglasses made him appear enigmatic. On the Late Night with David Letterman show he didn't always say much but he sure set the tone of the show with that music.
Upon meeting Quincy Jones I could understand why people speak of him so highly. His presence immediately made me feel at ease.
Playing with Stevie Wonder for Muhammad Ali's 70th Birthday was an electrifying experience. The Power of Love Gala was presented on ABC TV and raised money for Parkinsons Disease research.
I spent a winter working for Ram Dass at his Maui Home- but you'll have to read my blog to hear more about that.
My Physical Form
here is the body that I incarnated into
As a young boy I used to watch Showtime at The Apollo on NBC after Saturday Night Live. I never imagined that I would be on the stage playing for Amateur Night at The Apollo. Its funny how what was once surreal to me can become my reality.
with musical magician Chick Corea
backstage at Town Hall
Summerstage with Diddy
With the great Apollo Theater Amateur Night Band
Matt at Work
Matt with Danilo Perez
Danilo was one of my teachers during college. He is a musical and spiritual powerhouse.
Matt and Joe Gray
Joe Gray and myself are cofounders of the non-profit Your Time To Shine, Inc. that brings music education, inspiration, and career development to in-need communities and teaches music as a force that creates community, confidence, and crosses all divides. Joe is also Head of Stage at the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY.
Matt with Nile Rogers
Matt with Senator Cory Booker
I appreciate an honest and caring politician
Matt with Krishna Das and Arjun
Krishna Das is one of my favorite musicians
Matt with Mike Stoller
In 2015 and 2016 I worked with a fabulous team on the Broadway revival of Smokey Joe's Cafe. It features the music of Jerry Lieber and this wonderful man Mike Stoller.
Matt Music Directing the 2017 Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Show
a rare moment of glory
Matt on set for FOXs reboot of Showtime At The Apollo