A Fort Lauderdale, Florida native Matt Parker began playing
music at the age of 14, starting on alto saxophone and moved
to the tenor saxophone in high school. At 17 Matt visited New
Orleans, LA for the first time and took a job playing six days a
week at The Gazebo, a restaurant next to the French Market.
While there, he meets such musical luminaries as Al Hirt, Pete
Fountain, and Ellis Marsalis. After returning to Miami, Fl to finish
his senior year of high school at New Worlds School of the Arts,
he began studying with Gary Cambell.
In 1999, Matt left for New York, where he attended the New
School, having studied and played with Phil Woods, Jane Ira
Bloom, Reggie Workman, Mike Karn, Charlie Persip, and Junior
Before graduating, he left college to join Maynard Ferguson and
his Big Bop Nouveau Band, touring in the U.S. and abroad for
two years. Over the past 20 years living in Brooklyn, Matt has
also performed and recorded with Hess Is More, Reggie
Watkins, Postmodern Jukebox, Reggie Quinerly, Enoch Smith
Jr., Cape Town Youth Choir and can be seen and heard in John
Wick. In addition to these, Matt has released two albums,
Worlds Put Together (BYNK 2013) and Present Time (BYNK
2016). These recordings received great reviews in the press,
including being selected in the "Best Albums of the Year" by
DownBeat Magazine in 2014 and 2016.
Currently, Matt is the musical director for Duane Park, a New
York City supper club that specializes in live music and
burlesque. As a composer and producer, I'm a featured
composer for Shutterstock Music and Premiumbeat Music.