Faculty

Matt Endahl

Adjunct, Jazz Piano

Matt Endahl
Wright Music Building (WMB)
MTSU Box 47, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Biography

Matt Endahl is a jazz pianist, composer, and educator. He is one of Nashville’s most in-demand pianists, performing in groups led by Jeff Coffin, Chester Thompson, Imer Santiago, Duffy Jackson, Christina Watson, Marcus Finnie, and many others. He also plays regularly with the Dara Tucker Band, Joshua Carswell, the Tyler Mire Big Band, Rahsaan Barber’s Everyday Magic, and the Jason Eskridge Band. Endahl also has shared the stage with legendary figures like Arthur Blythe, Jimmy Heat...

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Matt Endahl is a jazz pianist, composer, and educator. He is one of Nashville’s most in-demand pianists, performing in groups led by Jeff Coffin, Chester Thompson, Imer Santiago, Duffy Jackson, Christina Watson, Marcus Finnie, and many others. He also plays regularly with the Dara Tucker Band, Joshua Carswell, the Tyler Mire Big Band, Rahsaan Barber’s Everyday Magic, and the Jason Eskridge Band. Endahl also has shared the stage with legendary figures like Arthur Blythe, Jimmy Heath, Henry Grimes, David Liebman, Steve Coleman, Jane Ira Bloom, and the late Marcus Belgrave.
During 2003–2013, Endahl lived and worked in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he was a student of Geri Allen, Ellen Rowe, Stephen Rush, Edward Parmentier, Donald Walden, and Edward Sarath at the University of Michigan. He played with many groups, including the James Hughes/Jimmy Smith Quintet, Liquid Street, the Legendary Wings, and Balkan-jazz band Ornamatik. He also led his own group, Symbology (2006–2008), and was the leader of Canterbury House band Quartex (2009–2013).
In 2008, Endahl was a Bösendorfer Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition semifinalist, and he served on the music faculty at Hillsdale College during 2008–2013. He has presented performances, compositions, and research at the annual meetings of the International Society for Improvised Music. He also has performed at the International Association for Jazz Educators conference, Jazzanooga, the International Association for Schools of Jazz meeting, the Detroit International Jazz Festival, and Ann Arbor’s avant-garde music festival Edgefest.
Endahl teaches at Middle Tennessee State University, Belmont University, and the Nashville Jazz Workshop and also maintains a private teaching studio.

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