A Tasteful Arrangement by Matt Finders
Since moving to the Bay Area, Karen has had the opportunity to work with educator, composer, and arranger Matt Finders. Recently he invited her to sing on this recording of his arrangement of the Charlie Chaplin tune, “Smile,” in Berkeley’s Fantasy Studio.
Featured are Matt Finders on bass, Danny Janklow on sax, Matt Clark on piano, and Kelly Fasman on drums.
Matt Finders spent 17 years as a member of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno Band (on trombone). During that period, Matt started his Jazz Labb programs to keep his students playing during the summer. On the Tonight Show, Matt wrote over 400 arrangements for the band and continues to write for the Jazz Labb groups and school bands which he leads. Besides local instruction, Matt works as a guest clinician/adjudicator.
Highlights of his career include:
Benny Goodman Big Band, 1985-86
Bob Mintzer Big Band, 1987-1992
Mel Lewis Big Band, 1983-1989
Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band, 1983-1992
Buck Clayton Big Band, 1988-1992
Natalie Cole, 1991
Harry Connick Jr. 1990
Marian and Jimmy McPartland, 1989-90
Clark Terry Big Bad Band, 1981
Blood, Sweat and Tears, 1987
The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Band, 1992-2009
Bill Holman Big Band, 2007-2010
Woody Herman Big Band, 2008-2010
Count Basie Orchestra, 2008
Jack Sheldon Big Band, 2003-2008
Bill Cunliffe Sextet, 2000-2010
Michael Bublé, 2000
Pancho Sanchez, 1996
Broadway: Cats, My One And Only, The Tap Dance Kid, Starlight Express, Secret Garden, Rags, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes, 42nd Street, Grand Hotel