"The Trumpet" is out!
It's officially out. A lot of trumpets. Check it out on the music page!
I'm a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow in Music Composition! Thank you to the Selection Committee, Staff, and Board of Trustees of this amazing institution. I'm honored and humbled. Sabbatical, here I come!
Matt The Super Villain Jazz Band - Worlds Wide
Matt and the Super Villain Jazz Band returned to the Historic Castle Studios in Nashville to record his second album as a leader, Worlds Wide. It will be released on Ear Up records June 30th.
The Album feaures all new orginal compositions inspired by places, both real and imaginary, evoking beautiful valleys, desolate planets, and prisms of light.
With the assistance of a professonal development grant generously donated by the Provost of CCU, Matt composed a Suite of music based on the hymns and spirituals of St. Helena Island. Each movement was arranged for a guest artist, including Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, and Roy Agee.
Click the button below to go to the music page where you can purchase the album or find it on Bandcamp, iTunes, and CDBaby.
Worlds Wide reviewed in Downbeat!
Worlds Wide received a 4-star review by Brian Zimmerman in the October 2017 issue of Downbeat Magazine!
Matt White included in How Jazz Trumpeters Play Music today: Twelve Interviews on Technique, Style, and Aesthetic by Thomas Erdmann
Matt is one of twelve trumpet players interviewed in this book, covering brass pedagogy, improvisational approach, teaching, and visualization. Other trumpeters interviewed include Christian Scott, Cuong Vu, Wadada Leo Smith, and Pharez Whitted, you can read more at the link below.
In 2019 I will be officially be out of big band retirement, joining the Charleston Jazz Orchestra as a full-time member of the trumpet section. I'll also be writing and arranging charts for the ensemble. The CJO is an incredible organization with a wonderful audience base. I'm excited to make some music with these wonderful people and spend more time in my favorite city!
My colleagues Alli Crandell and Eric Crawford (both of whom I worked with on Gullah:The Voice of an Island) are recipients of a half a million dollar grant from the National Archive to create a digital database of Gullah Materials. I will be contributing to this project by restoring over 90 hours of audio! Congrats to Alli and Eric in putting this together. I'm excited to start this vital work!
Check out practice and recording session clips on Instagram!
I'm finding Instagram is a social media platform I can actually keep up on while keeping my wits, so I've been fairly active on there posting clips of remote session work (which I've thankfully been doing a lot of this year) and short clips of concepts I'm practicing. Please feel free to follow me at mattwhitejazz and keep me honest! If you're interested in collaborating on a track and getting some tasty trumpet sounds, please check out the 'Recording' tab on this site.