|From the CD "I Got It Bad"||
Since taking up the piano at the age of five, and growing up in a household filled with music, Matt’s love for Jazz music and performing was evident, and even before leaving school, he was out playing gigs at the age of 15. In the early years, he won a number of talent quests, including the Australian Youth in Jazz competition, and in 1999 completed the 4 year Bachelor of Music Jazz Studies degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Since then, Matt’s career in Jazz has taken him many places. He has performed many engagements around Australia, such as Jazz Festivals in Brisbane, Mackay, Darwin, Newcastle, Wollongong, Kiama and Darling Harbour, and has held extended performance residencies in both Port Douglas and Lord Howe Island. He now works regularly with his Trio around Sydney, being a monthly feature at the ‘Soup Plus’ Jazz club.
Matt has also held countless residencies at various other Jazz clubs, cafés and hotels in Sydney, including the Nikko, the Hotel Intercontinental and the Regent. In 1999, Matt was invited to join John Morrison’s “Swing City Big Band”. Since then he has gained the experience and exposure performing with the band at events such as the 1999 Sydney Fox Studios grand opening, the televised Annual SBS Ethnic Business Awards, the 1999 ‘Big Bold and Brassy’ Jazz in the Park concert to an audience of 10,000, and three consecutive sell-out concerts at Taronga Park Zoo, as part of the ‘Twilight at Taronga’ series. As well, the band has played at countless corporate and private events, charity balls and dinners. He has performed several times with James Morrison and Don Burrows, and works as the accompanist for television’s Monica Trapaga. He has played for crooner Harry Connick Jnr. and trumpet virtuoso Wynton Marsalis, and has also been the support act for Jazz legends Tony Bennett and Al Jarreau.
Matt has recently just returned home from his second trip to the Jazz capital of the world, New York, having spent a few months there entertaining at various venues both solo and also with a trio. He also spent some time studying with some of the great pianists, such as Benny Green, James Williams, Mulgrew Miller, Jacky Terrasson, Ralph Sutton, and Ella Fitzgerald’s life-long accompanist Paul Smith. March 2000 then saw the release of his first album, “I Got It Bad” – Matt with his Jazz Trio, recorded live at Sydney’s Soup Plus Jazz club, also featuring guest artist John Morrison on drums. Matt Baker provides only the highest quality entertainment for any occasion. Whether your needs are for solo piano, the Jazz trio, or even a larger band, his commitment to professionalism and genuine service to any client is as high as his dedication to giving the finest quality music…