Matt Lavelle

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Matt Lavelle (born 1970 in Paterson, New Jersey) is a jazz trumpet, flugelhorn, alto clarinet, and bass clarinet player.[1][2]


Matt Lavelle is a trumpet, flugelhorn, bass and alto clarinet player based in New York City. He began his music career with Hildred Humphries, a swing era veteran who played with Count Basie and Billie Holiday. He has played in ensembles led by Sabir Mateen since 2002. In 2005, He began study with Ornette Coleman. Lavelle was a member of the Bern Nix quartet since 2010. He recorded with Giuseppi Logan in 2010. In 2011 he created the 12 Houses Orchestra.

Lavelle has played and collaborated with Ornette Coleman, William Parker, Warren Smith, Henry Grimes, Eric Mingus, Sabir Mateen, Roy Campbell, Daniel Carter, Jemeel Moondoc, Mat Maneri, Ras Moshe, Hilliard Greene, Steve Swell, Matana Roberts, Bern Nix, Jack DeSalvo, Charles Downs, Tom Cabrera, Francois Grillot, Giuseppi Logan, William Hooker and many others.

Lavelle published a book titled New York City Subway Drama and Beyond, in 2011.[3] In 2013 he published a short story titled The Jazz Musician's Tarot Deck.[4] Lavelle is a jazz history teacher, historian, and writer.


As a leader[5]

  • Hope (Unseen Rain,2019)
  • Retrograde (ESP,2018)
  • The Matt Lavelle Quartet (Unseen Rain,2017)
  • Matt Lavelle and the 12 Houses - End Times (Unseen rain,2017)
  • Harmolodic Monk (Unseen Rain,2016)
  • Matt Lavelle and the 12 Houses - Solidarity (Unseen Rain,2013)
  • Goodbye New York, Hello World (Spiritual Power,2010)
  • Matt Lavelle and Morcilla, the Manifestation Drama (Spiritual Power,2008)
  • Cuica In The Third House (KMB Jazz,2007)
  • Matt Lavelle Trio-Spiritual Power" Silkheart, 2006
  • Trumpet Rising, Bass Clarinet Moon (Spiritual Power,2003)
  • Handling The Moment (CIMP,2002)

With Sumari[6]

  • Sumari (Unseen Rain,2014)
  • Sumari II" (Unseen Rain,2016)
  • Sumari III (Unseen Rain, 2019)
  • Before Testo (Unseen Rain,2020)

With Eye Contact[7]

  • Embracing the Tide (Utech,2005)
  • Making Eye Contact With God (Utech,2005)
  • War Rug (KMB Jazz, 2006)

With Daniel Carter

  • Daniel Carter and Matt Lavelle live at Tower Records (Antnimara, 2006)[8]
  • Daniel Carter and Matt Lavelle (Spiritual Power, 2004)[9]

With Bern Nix

  • [Negative Capability] (Kitchen Records,2013)[10]

With Giussepi Logan

  • The Giuseppi Logan Quintet (Tompkins Square, 2010)[11]

With Steve Swell

  • This Now! (Cadence, 2005)[12]
  • Live at the Bowery Poetry Club (Ayler, 2006)[13]
  • Business of Here (Cadence, 2012)

With Sabir Mateen[14]

  • Prophecies Come To Pass (577 records,2006)[15]
  • The Jubilee ensemble (Not Two, 2007)

With Ras Moshe[16]

  • Into the Openess (Music Now, 2002)
  • Schematic (Jump Arts, 2002)
  • Live Spirits (Utech,2005)
  • Sparks Trio- Short Stories In Sound (Utech,2006)

With Assif Tsahar[17]

  • The Labyrinth (Hopscotch,2003)
  • Embracing the void (Hopscotch,2003)

With William Parker[18]

With Charles Waters

  • Peace Forms One (Nurecords,2017)
  • Brass Mass (Nurecords,2002)

With Barry Chabala[19]

  • I Like to Play (Roeba Records,2007)

With Earth People

  • Waking the living (Undivided vision, 2001)

With Allen Lowe

  • We Will Gather When We Gather, featuring Hamiet Bluiett (Constant Sorrow, 2015)[20]

With D3

  • D3 + 1.1 (Unseen Rain, 2019)

With Julie Lyon

  • Moonflower (Unseen Rain, 2016)
  • Julie (Unseen Rain, 2017)


  1. ^ Bouchard, Fred (2009-06-06). "Multiple reviews: Bass Clarinetists: Rudi Mahall, Matt Lavelle & Jacques Foschia". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-08-14.
  2. ^ Stockton, Jeff (2007-04-07). "Multiple reviews: Matt Lavelle: Spiritual Power and War Rug". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-08-14.
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  15. ^ Prophecies Come To Pass 2006/577
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  19. ^ Matt Lavelle/Barry Chabala - I Like To Play 2007/Roeba Records
  20. ^ We Will Gather When We Gather, Allen Lowe.