Trumpet player Matt Cappy has always striven for musical excellence. He was recognized for this desire early on, while playing in the highly-regarded Pine Hill, NJ Overbrook High School music program. In Matt’s senior year, the young horn player received the New Jersey Governor’s Award for the Arts. He was off to a good start.
A little over a decade later, his talent has taken him around the world, into network TV studios, concert halls and clubs, performing and recording with musical giants like Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin and Earth, Wind and Fire. The recognition now comes in the form of a very busy schedule.
When he’s not on the road, the hard-working New Jersey native stays busy with gigs and recording sessions in NYC and Philadelphia, particularly in the “Neo-Soul” R&B scene centered out of Larry Gold’s The Studio. Matt’s reputation as a soulful trumpet player has led to touring, performing and cutting tracks with Grammy-winning acts such as Jill Scott, the Roots and gospel superstar Kirk Franklin.
Recording credits: -Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Wyclef Jean, Floetry, Jaheim, Faith Evans, Kindred, Vikter Duplaix, Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, Gerald Veasley, Bubba Sparxx, Marah, K’Naan, Slo-Mo, John-Train
Toured/Performed With: -Jill Scott, Maxwell, The Roots, Kirk Franklin, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Bilal, Mos Def, Common, Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, Leela James, Jeff Bradshaw, Gerald Levert, Fred Hammond, Mary Mary, Yolanda Adams, The O’Jays, The Moody Blues, Gerald Veasley, Marah, Slo-Mo, John Train
Television credits: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Dave Letterman Show, Conan O’Brien Show, The View, Regis and Kelly, Much Music Toronto, The Jewells Holland Show London, Soul Train, Soul Train Music Awards, Image Awards, VH1 Hip-Hop Honors Show, Emeril Live……
Performed With Jazz Greats: Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Arturo Sandoval, Wallace Roney, Stanley Clarke
Education: attended the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA and received a BA in trumpet performance in 1996 and a MA in Music Education in 1997
Board Govenor since 2003, The Recording Academy, Philadelphia Chapter
Matt is currently on the trumpet faculty at The Conservatory of Musical Arts, Haddonfield, NJ.
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~ Mike Brenner