Matt Endahl is a pianist, composer and educator, currently based in Nashville TN. Since moving there in 2013 he has performed in groups led by Jeff Coffin, Chester Thompson, Imer Santiago, Duffy Jackson, Christina Watson, Marcus Finnie, and many others. He plays regularly with the Dara Tucker Band, Joshua Carswell, and Rahsaan Barber’s Everyday Magic, and has shared the stage with legendary figures like Jimmy Heath, Henry Grimes, David Liebman, Jane Ira Bloom, and the late Arthur Blythe and Marcus Belgrave.
From 2003-2013, Matt lived and worked in Ann Arbor, MI where he was a student of Ellen Rowe, Stephen Rush, Edward Parmentier, Donald Walden, Edward Sarath, and the late Geri Allen at the University of Michigan. During that time he played with many groups, including the James Hughes/Jimmy Smith Quintet, Liquid Street, the Legendary Wings, and Balkan-jazz band Ornamatik. He led his own group, Symbology (2006-2008) and was the leader of the Canterbury House Band, Quartex (2009-2013), acting as musical director for the weekly Jazz Mass.
He has presented performances, compositions and research at the several meetings of the International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM), and performed at the International Association for Jazz Educators conference (IAJE), the Jazz Educator’s Network (JEN), Jazzanooga, the International Association for Schools of Jazz meeting (IASJ), the Detroit International Jazz Festival and Ann Arbor’s avant-garde music festival Edgefest.
In 2008 he was selected as a Bösendorfer Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition semi-finalist, and from 2008-2013, was on the music faculty at Hillsdale College. Matt currently teaches at Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State University, the Nashville Jazz Workshop, and also maintains a private teaching studio. He’s the music director at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Nashville.