Pianist Matt DeChamplain grew up in Wethersfield, Connecticut. He originally learned about music from a player piano.
“My grandparents had a player piano, and I spent hours studying classic compositions, arrangements and solos by by Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, Jelly Roll Morton and others. These were masterful pianists, composers and arrangers & I was fascinated by their musicality. They showed remarkable creativity and innovation. They laid the foundation for a lifetime of studying stride and jazz piano.” He furthered his education, first attending The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, a performing arts magnet school in Hartford, CT. It was here that he met his wife, vocalist Atla DeChamplain. They’ve been performing together since Matt was 16 years old.
“Matt DeChamplain plays with amazing dexterity and superb taste while covering the history of jazz piano from ragtime and stride to modern.”
-HARTFORD JAZZ SOCIETY
“Matt's insatiable thirst for knowledge and improvement combines with his innate pianistic talents to create a formidable artistic force in the world of jazz piano. ..He is a first-rate musician and his level of musicality is matched only by his high level of humanity and his desire to share what
he loves, whether it be with audience, student or colleague. ”
Matt DeChamplain is an amazing study in advanced piano styles with the ability to demonstrate a major contribution to the Stride style of many years of early jazz history and more recent jazz
Willing to teach
Matt currently teaches at the Hartt School of Music, Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz (West Hartford, CT)