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Matt Endahl

endahl picMatt Endahl is a pianist, composer and educator working in Nashville. He has performed in groups led by Jeff Coffin, Rahsaan Barber, Duffy Jackson, Christina Watson, Marcus Finnie, Dara Tucker, and many others. He has also shared the stage with legendary figures such as Jimmy Heath, Arthur Blythe, Marcus Belgrave, Jane Ira Bloom, and Dave Liebman.

Matt studied piano with Geri Allen at the University of Michigan, where he earned his master's degree in improvisation in 2012. In 2008 Matt was a Bösendorfer Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition semi-finalist, and from 2008-2013, he was on the music faculty at Hillsdale College. He has presented performances, compositions and research at the annual meetings of the International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM). He has also performed at the International Association for Jazz Educators conference (IAJE), Jazzanooga, the International Association for Schools of Jazz meeting (IASJ), the Detroit International Jazz Festival and Ann Arbor's avant-garde music festival Edgefest.

From 2010-2013, Matt broadcast regularly on WCBN-FM Ann Arbor, hosting jazz and experimental music radio programs. In that capacity he interviewed music legends Henry Grimes, Mayo Thompson, and Larry Austin. Since 2008 he has managed Sound Mansion Recordings, an outlet for his experimental music. He also operates A Shot in the Dark, a blog devoted to his jazz and improvised music research.