Matt Zebley - Club Jazz Director
Dr. Matt Zebley is an educator, composer, jazz artist and multi-instrumentalist in the east San Francisco Bay area. He graduated magna cum laude from Berklee College of Music in 1993 where he studied composition, arranging and jazz performance. In 2003, he returned to academia to attend the University of Southern California. He graduated in 2006 with a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies, and received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in December of 2010. His major emphasis at USC was in music technology and its application to music education, wherein he outlined strategies for implementing electronic wind controllers into both public schools and universities. His outstanding academic achievements granted him entrance into the prestigious Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
As a performing artist, Dr. Zebley’s list of credits is both broad and diverse. He released his first solo CD in 1999 entitled Live at Moondog. It features original compositions and arrangements for three horns, bass and drums. The band continues to perform and provides an outlet for Zebley’s acoustic jazz compositions. He remains active performing with Anthony Wilson, John Daversa, Billy Childs and Joey Sellers. Over the years, he has collaborated with a host of major jazz figures including Tony Bennet, Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Yusef Lateef, Bobby McFerrin, Wayne Shorter and Dave Douglas. Beginning in 1999, Matt has performed with the Brian Setzer Orchestra. This high profile, rock and roll big band enjoys continued commercial success and Matt received a Grammy (Best Instrumental) for his work on "Caravan" from their 2000 release entitled Vavoom. With this group, Zebley has participated in numerous world tours, TV appearances and recorded a variety of movie soundtracks. Their association continues to this day.
In 2013, Dr. Zebley joined the faculty at Diablo Valley College as the Director of Jazz Studies. He leads the Jazz Ensemble, Night Jazz Band and Jazz Combos. Additionally, he lectures in History of Jazz and Jazz Theory and Improvisation. In his short tenure, he has doubled enrollment in his ensembles, reinstated the Night Jazz Band and is now working to add new Commercial Music ensembles.
In 1995, Matt created a home-based, private lesson studio where he continues to reach local communities by sharing his musical experiences. In that same year he started Vibrant Productions, a business entity that administers every aspect of his expanding career. Playing, recording, teaching and touring with such diverse and wonderful musicians has enabled deep and sincere artistic growth. He now resides in Concord, owns a digital recording studio and works diligently towards his personal and artistic goals.