Trombonist Matt McDonald has performed at numerous jazz festivals and venues around the world, including North Sea, Montreux, Umbria, Spoleto, Montreal, and Ottawa Jazz Festivals, as well as, The Blue Note, Birdland, The Vanguard, Carnegie Hall, The Jazz Standard, and many others.
Since moving to New York in 2003, he has performed with countless ensembles including the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, Steven Van Zandt's "Disciples of Soul", Shaggy, Michael Buble', The Max Weinberg Big Band, Mambo Legends Orchestra, Danny Seraphine’s “CTA”, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Gregorio Uribe, The Filmharmonic Brass, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, The Christian McBride Big Band, and the Jimmy Heath Big Band, among others.
In 2007, he was invited to travel to Manizales and Medellin, Colombia to perform as one of the “Promising Artists of the 21st Century.” Starting January of 2014, Matt began curating a jazz series in Harlem at “Silvana”, featuring some of the most versatile musicians in New York City.
Matt received his Bachelors of Music in Jazz Trombone from DePaul University in Chicago, his Masters of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, as well as receiving his Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School, studying Trombone with Wycliffe Gordon. He maintains a busy schedule as a leader and sideman for many of New York’s finest ensembles.