BIOGRAPHY

Internationally acclaimed, award-winning Los Angeles-based jazz trumpeter and vocalist Matthew Von Roderick has been hailed as  "A top-drawer trumpeter who also sings like an angel obscured by a storm cloud" by JazzTimes Magazine, as “a post-millennial Chet Baker” by The New York Times, and 1st Place Winner of the Independent Music Awards Jazz Category as judged by the late icon Lou Reed. Downbeat Magazine calls Matt's approach "Zen-like". Having collaborated with many of today's most respected names in jazz, and possessing a one-of-a-kind virtuosity, Matt has been a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and earned his Bachelor’s of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory and Master’s from New York University via the coveted Vilar Global Fellowship in the Performing Arts, dubbed the "Rhodes Scholarship" of the performing arts by The New York Times. Matt received stripes in jazz early on, being named a finalist in the second highly prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition, as well as winning 1st Place in the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Trumpet Competition, and 1st Place in the National Jazz Trumpet Competition. Matt's musical foundation runs deep and broad, having released four full-length solo albums to-date and having performed with fellow artists Brad Mehldau, Kenny Werner, Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Mike Posner, Dionne Warwick, the SNL Band and as featured soloist on the Grammy-Nominated Album "Soul Call" with Nneena Freelon. While Matt is known for embodying and extending the musical lineage of transcendent trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker perhaps more than any other artist working today, he is not one content to simply recreate the music of jazz's storied past -- Matt can often be found pairing his NYC classic jazz roots with his rarefied extended techniques, cutting-edge electronic production and visceral, spoken word-style storytelling. His viral jazz/rap/dubstep hybrid song Let The Trumpet Talk has garnered over 4.5 million views on YouTube, and received coverage from CBSnews.com. Perceiving life as a creative act in and of itself, in 2009 Matt changed his professional name from Matt Shulman to include his middle and family names as Matt Von Roderick, expanding his relationship to possibility. Downbeat Magazine declares that Matt is ”Taking Jazz Into The Future", while AXS describes Matt's signature sound as "brilliant originality" and "musical greatness”.