Trumpeter, Composer, Educator, and 2019 Guggenheim Fellow in Music Composition Dr. Matthew White is currently Professor of Music, Coordinator of Ensembles and Commercial Music and Jazz, and Director of the MA in Music Technology at Coastal Carolina University (Conway, SC), where he teaches trumpet lessons, music production, directs the CCU Jazz Ensemble and Combo 1, and manages the Wheelwright Recording Studio.
Matt was previously a first call freelance and session musician in Nashville and Miami. He holds degrees from the University of North Florida and The University of Miami and has appeared on numerous albums, radio broadcasts, and television shows, performing with: Bob Mintzer, Jeff Coffin, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Liebman, Rihanna, Oscar DeLeon, Brian Setzer, the Mavericks, Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten, and various other artists, ensembles, symphonies, and big bands.
In 2013, Matt released his first album as a leader, The Super Villain Jazz Band, on ARC. The album has gained widespread critical acclaim, including 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine.
“It heralds the arrival of a new major voice in jazz, one whose name belongs in the pantheon of its true heroes.” – Russ Musto, New York Jazz Record
“In The Super Villain Jazz Band, Matt White validates himself as a legitimate jazz composer assisted by a group of outstanding jazz sidemen in an exceptional collection of jazz compositions.” – Jeffrey Uhrich, AllAboutJazz.com
In late June 2017, Matt released his second album as a leader, Worlds Wide, on EarUp Records. Press includes:
“That concept makes for a fascinating journey... with technical precision and a knack for sweeping, cinematic statements..." - Brian Zimmerman, Downbeat Magazine (4-stars)
“White’s musical imagination is unbounded, and translates into an exhilarating listening experience.” - Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz Journal
In addition to a an active performing and teaching schedule, Matt is involved in a number of music research topics, including the preservation and archiving of traditional Gullah Spirituals, Visualization and Improvisation, and Brass Performance Fundamentals and Techniques. He edited Augie Haas’ Build Your Range method book, which has international distribution and is used in over 25 Collegiate Trumpet Studios. He manages the CCU Recording Studio and has engineered and produced recordings for Dave Douglas, the Athenaeum Press, and Ron Daise.
Matt is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow in music composition and has been a member of the IASJ and Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residencies. He was the recipient of the CCU Edwards College 2014 and 2019 John Durrell Award for excellence in Scholarship, Teaching and Service. He was a presenter at the 2017 ISJAC Conference for his St. Helena Island Suite, and keynote speaker at the 2017 National Association of Leadership Educators Conference, and finals judge for the Jazz Competition at the 2019 International Trumpet Guild Conference. He is a member of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, the Quentin Baxter Quintet, and leads a variety of ensembles in the Southeast.
Matt is a Bach Trumpet, Patrick Mouthpiece, and Aston Microphones performing artist.