311 E Congress St
Tucson, AZ 85701
Hailed by the New York Times as a “conscientious” and “perceptive young trumpeter,” and by the great Fred Hersch as “a creative and thoughtful improviser with a world-class sound,” trumpeter Matt Holman has distinguished himself as a composer, conductor, bandleader and top-tier soloist in many of the leading jazz ensembles. Along with his adventurous chamber-jazz recordings, Holman has performed and/or recorded with Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, Hersch’s Leaves of Grass, Bang on a Can’s Asphalt Orchestra, New York Voice and more. Matt grew up in Tucson and went to Canyon Del Oro High School and received a scholarship award from the Tucson Jazz Society. Matt has composed and arranged works for Stefon Harris, Jane Monheit, Marvin Stamm and university ensembles worldwide. Matt’s 2013 debut When Flooded, an ambitious and evocative project with his five-piece Diversion Ensemble, was awarded four stars by Down Beat. His 2017 follow-up, The Tenth Muse, finds contemporary relevance in the ancient Greek love poetry of Sappho. Matt has earned numerous awards including the International Trumpet Guild’s Jazz Improvisation Competition, the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, and the BMI Foundation’s 13th annual Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize/Manny Albam Commission. An emerging scholar, he received the Institute of Jazz Studies’ Morroe Berger-Benny Carter Jazz Research Fellowship to research Jimmy Giuffre. Holman served as Artistic Director of New York Youth Symphony Jazz for six seasons and teaches as adjunct faculty at Manhattan School of Music and Hunter College.