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 where he studied composition, arranging and jazz performance. While working in the Los Angeles area, he returned to academia to attend the University of Southern California where he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree with an emphasis in music technology and its application to music education. His 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. 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 rock and roll big band Brian Setzer Orchestra. 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. Currently in California, Matt performs with Anthony Wilson, John Daversa, Billy Childs, Joey Sellers, Alan Ferber and Tim Messina.
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 and lectures in History of Jazz and Jazz Theory and Improvisation.
In 1995, Matt created a home-based, private lesson studio where he continues to reach local communities by sharing his musical experiences.