Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Brubeck, Matt (Matthew)
Brubeck, Matt (Matthew), cello; b. Norwalk, CT, 9 May 1961. The tallest son of Dave Brubeck, Matt grew up in Wilton, CT. Matt received both his undergraduate and Master's degrees in music from Yale. Although he studied classical cello at Yale with renowned cellist Aldo Parisot, Matt is at ease with a wide range of musical genres. He has performed and recorded with Tom Waits, spent the summer of 1997 playing the Lilith Fair with Jewel, and is touring extensively with Sheryl Crow in 1999. Matt also plays bass and keyboards, composes, and arranges.
Recruiting fellow Waits henchmen Ralph Carney and Joe Gore, Matt founded Oranj Symphonette in 1994. Oranj Symphonette has become one of San Francisco's favorite club bands and played the New York, Montreal, and Monterey Jazz festivals. They received first place in Downbeat Magazine's 1997 critics poll for "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition."
After moving to San Francisco in 1987, Matt has been very involved in the SF Bay Area creative and improvisational music scene. In addition to his work with Oranj Symphonette, Matt has played and composed for Club Foot Orchestra, the wildly eclectic ensemble responsible for the scores for Pandora's Box and the 1995 CBS cartoon series The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat.
He leads the Matt Brubeck Quartet which plays his original compositions as well as jazz standards, and performs with local musicians such as Scott Amendola, John Schott, and Will Bernard among
Among Matt's other composing and arranging credits are a California Meet the Composer grant to write for the Bay Area Jazz Composers Orchestra and his arrangement of the music of Zimbabwe's Thomas Mapfumo for the Kronos Quartet. Additionally, he remains involved with classical music as a member of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Kent Nagano.
The Yale Cellos: Bach Bachianas (1986); Dave Brubeck: Quiet as the Moon (1991); Brubeck/ Widelock Duo: Really (1991); Tom Waits: Night on Earth (1992), The Black Rider (1993); Berkeley Symphony: William Kraft: Three Concerti (1993); Darius Brubeck and Deepak Ram: Gathering Forces (1994); Brubeck/ Widelock Duo: Giraffes In A Hurry (1995); Oranj Symphonette: Plays Mancini (1996); The Grassy Knoll: Positive (1996); The Club Foot Orchestra: Plays Nino Rota (1997); Dave Brubeck: In Their Own Sweet Way (1997); Oranj Symphonette: The Oranj Album (1998)
Dan Ouellette: Matt Brubeck. A New Generation of Jazz, in: Strings (Nov/Dec.1992)