March 19, 2013 – Musical group Matt Finley & Rio Jazz will perform at Dutchess Community College on April 2 at 7:30 p.m. in its 26th annual concert that will include original compositions as well as classics and Brazilian jazz. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Louis Greenspan Cafeteria in Drumlin Hall on DCC’s main campus. Refreshments will be served.
Finley plays trumpet, flugelhorn, flute and soprano saxophone. Joining Finley at the DCC performance will be Bill O’Connell (piano), Jeff Ciampa (guitar), Don Miller (acoustic bass), Joel Rosenblatt (drums) and Tomas Martin Lopez (Latin percussion). Christopher Brellochs, chair of DCC’s Music Program, will join the band on saxophone.
Finley performed for many years with Grammy-winning saxophonist Nick Brignola, and studied composition with Edgar Curtis, founding director of the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Two songs from his “Brazilian Wish” CD were honored as finalists in the 2007 Los Angeles Music Awards.
Rosenblatt played drums with acclaimed jazz group Spyro Gyra for 13 years. He also has played with artists such as Randy Brecker and Bill Evans. O’Connell teaches jazz composition and arranging at Rutgers University and has performed with artists such as Dave Valentin, Paquito D’Rivera, Chet Baker and Sonny Rollins. Ciampa has recorded with Dave Matthews, Mark Egan and Harry Belafonte, among others. Miller has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett and George Benson, along with other jazz greats. He also has performed with pop acts such as N’ Sync and Enrique Iglesias.
For more information, call the DCC Office of Student Activities at (845) 431-8050. For more about the band, visit www.riojazz.com or www.mattfinley.com. Visitors are encouraged to park in Lot D on Cottage Road.