Matt Langley, Advisory Board Member
Matt Langley had a great band director at Rundlett Junior High School in Concord, New Hampshire, that opened the doors to the paradoxical joy of improvisation at an early age. Thus began a largely self-guided musical journey that has also included a brief period of lessons with saxophonist Stan Strickland, an Aebersold Jazz Camp encounter with “Blue Lou” Marini, David Baker and a visit to UNH’s Summer Youth Music School.
Since beginning his professional career directly out of high school, Matt’s love of music has taken him from blues bars in Maine, to the famous Green Mill in Chicago, Illinois. From the Boston Globe Jazz Festival to Sunday Services at the Second Congregational Church in Kittery, Maine. Matt has recorded with the Charlie Kohlhase Quintet, with his group, “Color,” with pianist Pandelis Karayorgis’s ”System of 5,” with Pianist Ted Brancato whose CD “The Next Step” features Matt extensively on Soprano and Tenor Saxophone. Ted and Matt toured the Pacific Northwest in the Fall of 2013 performing music from the CD in concert halls, colleges and night clubs with some of the finest jazz musicians from the Seattle area.
Recent recordings include Weird Turn Pro’s Let Me Be Unwound (https://weirdturnpro.bandcamp.com/album/wtp-002-let-me-be-unwound) and Sojoy’s The Adventures of Oliver Z Wanderkook (https://sojoy.bandcamp.com/album/the-adventures-of-oliver-z-wanderkook). Matt has collaborated with visual jazz artist Roger Goldenberg on the audiovisual feast, In Ears ’n Eyes, since 2011, producing multiple live shows often involving large ensembles and compositions created specifically for each event. In Ears n’ Eyes visited Epping, NH Elementary School in March (2019) and worked with the entire student body on a collaborative composition to be added to the school’s collection of artwork.
Matt performs with groups in the New England area as well as teaching saxophone, improvisation and coaching ensembles at Concord Community Music School, the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, the Shaker Road School in Concord, New Hampshire, and at his home studio in Eliot, Maine. Matt has shared the stage and recording studio with Ron Carter, Richie Cole, Fred Hersch, John Tchicai, John Medeski, Billy Martin, Chris Wood, Dave Fiuczynski, Matt Wilson, Charlie Kohlhase, Tiger Okoshi, Roswell Rudd, Gene MacDaniels, Dave Douglas and many others.
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Photo by Nate Hastings