Matt Newton is a Toronto based pianist, composer and educator. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto Jazz Program (2004) and has attended the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music (2006) where he studied with world renowned trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas, and Deron Johnson, Miles Davis’ last pianist.
Matt has performed with such respected musicians as Kevin Turcotte, Jim Vivian, Pat Collins, Kevin Brow, Rob Mosher, Rob Frayne, Petr Cancura, Sienna Dahlen, Mike Milligan, and Norman Marshall Villeneuve, and Dave Young.
Matt’s critically acclaimed debut CD Push is featured in Paul J. Youngman’s list of Favorite Jazz CD’s of 2009.
Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Matt began studying classical piano at the age of seven with pianist Claudia Mack, later studying jazz with pianist David Hildinger. He was accepted at Canterbury High School for the Arts and by seventeen was performing jazz piano professionally in the Ottawa area.
While attending high school Matt was twice chosen to be part of the Yamaha Allstar Band at Musicfest Canada. In his graduating year he was the recipient of the Bill Shutleworth Scholarship associated with the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. Shortly after he was the recipient of the 2000 Spirit of the Capital Youth Award for Arts.
In 1999 he was one of 3 pianists chosen for the University of Toronto Jazz Program. There he studied privately with world-class pianist Gary Williamson, and in his final year studied with Juno Award Winner, David Braid.
Matt has appeared numerous times in all the top Toronto venues such as The Rex, The Montreal Bistro, Chalker’s Pub, Jeff Healy’s, Gate 403, Ottawa’s Café Paradiso, Avante-Garde Bar, and Rainbow Bistro, Guelph’s Manhattan’s, The Fallsview Casino (solo piano opening for Burton Cummings), and an array of jazz festivals: Ottawa International Jazz Festival, TD Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival, Toronto Distillery Jazz Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival, and the Art of Jazz festival.
As a sideman, Matt is featured on a few recent recordings of note: guitarist Harley Card’s Non-Fiction, Jazz-Folk group Hobson’s Choice’s The Farm EP, and singer song writer Jessica Stuart’s Kid Dream.