Matt Finders

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Matt Finders
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Matt Finders at the 2011 Reno Jazz Festival
Background information
Born (1960-02-12) February 12, 1960 (age 54)
Livermore, California United States
Genres Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Pop, R&B, Classical
Occupation(s) Musician, Composer, Arranger
Instruments Trombone, Piano, Euphonium, Double Bass, Tuba
Years active 1969–present
Associated acts Kevin Eubanks and The Tonight Show Band

Matt Finders (born February 12, 1960) is an American trombonist based in Southern California. A former member of The Tonight Show Band, he has played with various big bands and in major musical productions on Broadway. Though Finders has worked in many genres, his primary focus is on jazz. He works on various projects in the Los Angeles area and has traveled as a clinician and guest artist to various schools around the nation.


Early years[edit]

Finders was born and grew up in Livermore, California. At age nine, he chose to begin studying trombone while attending Fifth Street Elementary because his brother already had one.[1] He began playing jazz at East Avenue Middle School and later played in the Livermore High School Jazz Band[2] and went on to study at San Jose State University.

Matt Finders as a member of the Livermore High School Jazz Band


Finders has recorded with the big bands of Toshiko Akiyoshi, Bob Mintzer and Bill Warfield[3] among others, and was the trombonist with Tonight Show with Jay Leno Band led by Kevin Eubanks. He has also played with Natalie Cole, Harry Connick, Jr., Sting, Benny Goodman's Orchestra, Branford Marsalis, the Woody Herman Big Band and others.[4] He joined Clark Terry's big band, where he played alongside Marsalis. He also played for a number of successful Broadway musicals, including Cats, 42nd Street, City of Angels, The Secret Garden and Starlight Express. He also played at venues all across New York, ranging from Latin gigs to big band to disco. He was a frequent player at the Red Parrot club, a popular disco club, and played with Benny Goodman on October 7, 1985 at The New York Marriott Marquis.

Recent activities[edit]

Finders currently lives in Agoura Hills, California, with his wife, Terilyn Finders, and two daughters, Beth and Hannah. He leads high school and middle school bands in the area and is the creator and leader of JazzLabb. He is the leader of the Westlake High School jazz combo program and the Lindero Canyon Middle School B band and combos.[5] Many of the tunes played by the groups are Finders's own originals. He currently plays and records with an octet, which has featured various players, including Chuck Findley, Big Phat Band's Brian Scanlon, and many others.


As sideman[edit]


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