March 21, 2014 – Musical group Matt Finley & Rio Jazz will perform at Dutchess Community College on April 1 at 7:30 p.m. in its 27th 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 Peter Tomlinson (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. Tomlinson teaches jazz piano at Western Connecticut State College and Vassar College and has performed with Ron Carter, Kenny Washington and Jimmy Cobb. 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.