Drummer Matt has been on the New York City music scene since 1994. He has performed with some of the best in the business, including Grammy winner, Vincent Herring, David Williams, Teri Thornton, Gary Versace, Ron McLure, Ben Monder, Ratzo Harris, John Stetch, Jeremy Pelt, Steve Slagle and Jerome Richardson, among others.
Matt attended William Paterson College’s jazz studies program in the early nineties. He has studied with renowned performers/ educators John Riley, Horacee Arnold, Rufus Reid, Harold Mabern, Carl Allen, Bill Goodwin, and Ed Shaughnessy, among others.
Matt has performed in notable New York venues such as The Blue Note, Birdland, Smalls, Smoke, Minton’s Playhouse, The Jazz Standard, The Kitano Hotel, and The Knitting Factory. He has also toured the U.S. including Northwest tours with pianist, Clay Giberson, a summer jazz series at The Baltimore Museum of Art with Grammy winner, Vincent Herring’s Quartet, Midwest shows with master Brand X bassist, Percy Jones and West Coast tours with the prolific pianist and composer, Joel Forrester.
Matt has been a full time member of pianist/composer Joel Forrester’s working trio and quintet for close to 20 years. Forrester, who was recently featured in Downbeat Magazine, composed the theme for National Public Radio’s “FRESH AIR” with Terry Gross and is also a founding member of The Microscopic Septet. Matt has recorded three albums with Forrester on The Ride Symbol Record label.
Garrity is also featured on pianist Clay Giberson’s recording, “Spaceton’s Approach” on Origin Records. In addition to national radio play, ALL ABOUT JAZZ calls it “One of the top piano trio efforts of the year.”
Matt is also involved in education. He has worked for The National Music Workshop, Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, The Turtle Bay Music School, and The Henry Street Settlement in Manhattan. He teaches private lessons at his studio and online.
Since 2017, Garrity has been producing Barnstock, a monthly jazz series featuring recording and live streaming from his studio in Woodstock, NY. The space is set in the top floor of a renovated 1911 barn. It’s a warm, intimate setting for hearing some of the best musicians on the scene. New outdoor stages under the tall pine trees have added a whole new magical element to this series, which has been quickly gaining popularity.
Matt is a proud endorser of SABIAN CYMBALS since 2009.
“Matt is a swinging drummer and true keeper of the flame.” -Vincent Herring, saxophonist
“Matt is one of the best young drummers on the New York Jazz scene today.” -Teri Thornton, singer/ pianist
“A high level of three-way spontaneity reigns, with Ambrosio in the groove and Garrity sizzling behind Giberson’s keyboard.” -All About Jazz
“A swinging drummer. And he plays the tune!!” -Joel Forrester, pianist/ composer
“Delicious!” -Steve Brown, guitarist
“A low thunder rumble of drums punctuated by cymbal lightning flashes as the intensity level builds before a fade into a restrained yet rollicking Garrity drum solo.” -All About Jazz
“Drummer Matt Garrity, always fluidly shifting from staccato fill patterns to soft accompaniments in just the way the composition seems to need.” -All Music Guide
“Forrester’s lyrical “Il Pleut” represents a rainy day in Paris and has a semi-classical air, well supported by subtle bass and adept cymbal work.” -Ken Dryden, NYC Jazz Record
“Matt has abundant talent. He has a spirit of enthusiasm and an outstanding emphasis on quality in his performances.” -Ed Shaughnessy, Drummer for Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show”