Bio

Pianist and Vibraphonist Matt Williams has been praised for his "ear-catching" improvisation (Jazz Society of Oregon), and is quickly establishing himself as an important voice in creative music. His latest projects since relocating to Seattle include performing and recording with bands Fig and February. Matt has also continued performing with his Quintet and exploring the endless world of Solo Piano. He has quickly worked his way into the Seattle Jazz Scene performing with John Bishop, Michael Glynn, Paul Gabrielson, Brian Kirk, Jay Thomas, Levi Gillis, Ray Larsen, Neil Welch, Remy Morritt, Rex Gregory, Abbey Blackwell, Thomas Campbell, Jose Martinez, Geoff Harper, Marc Fendel, Kevin Nortness, Bren Plummer, Skyler Floe, Xavier Lecouturier, Stuart MacDonald, Phil Sparks, D’Vonne Lewis, Ronan Delisle, Jared Hall and many others.

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After relocating to Phoenix from Kansas City, Matt quickly became a first-call pianist, vibraphonist and instructor in the Phoenix jazz scene for almost a decade. Performing professionally with artists such as Michael Kocour, Brice Winston, Eric Rasmussen, Will Goble, Chloe Rowlands, Jacques Lesure, Keith Kelly, Jeff Libman and Micah Hummel among others. 

Matt also continues to be an in-demand musician in the Kansas City jazz scene appearing with artists Peter Schlamb, Ryan Lee, Matt Villinger, Karl McComas Reichl, Hermon Mehari and many others.

 

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In addition to his work as an artist and performer, Matt is a dedicated educator who provides master classes, clinics, small and large group coachings, and private instruction. He has also served as an adjunct course instructor and teaching assistant at Arizona State University. Matt has instructed alongside legendary jazz drummer Lewis Nash, and served as the jazz education and workshops program coordinator at "one of the world's greatest jazz venues" (Downbeat Magizine), The Nash.

 

Matt Williams earned his BM and MM in Jazz Piano Performance from Arizona State University.

Other highlight performances include the Paradise Valley Jazz Party, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Tempe Center for the Arts, private events for former chief justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Kenny Barron, and the Steinway Piano Company. Additionally, Matt has performed at a number of venues across the US, including Green Lady Lounge, Orion Room, The Blue Room, The Nash, Bobby C's, The Lost LeafValley Bar and The Jazz Showcase.

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