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Matthew F. Vacanti

A highly accomplished bass player, Matt's training in classical bass has helped him become a first-call bassist in Central New York for string, fretless and fretted bass. He can bow a beautiful solo on an upright, then turn around and slap a funky backbeat on electric. Over the years he has worked with Joey DeFrancisco, Ron Jackson, Kevin Mahagony, Willie and Lobo and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas to name a few.

Matt is a skilled recording engineer and record producer as well. He started Spider Records back in 1990 and has produced many Sammy (Syracuse Area Music) award-winning records for CNY musicians. In this respect, Matt is the driving force behind all the E.S.P. records since the creation of the band.

As a composer and arranger, Matt has penned a sizable catalogue of music for jazz as well as educational compositions for school orchestras.

Matt is a 20 year veteran public school educator, clinician and orchestra conductor with experience teaching orchestra and jazz ensembles from beginners to college level.

Gear

1989 Pedulla Buzz Bass
1930 Jagar flat back String Bass
Underwood Transducers
Gallien Kruger bass amps

Primary Instrument

Bass

Location

Syracuse

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Matt has been an orchestra director at the Fulton N.Y. public school for twenty years, and earned the title of "Teacher of the Year" for his outstanding work with the kids in Fulton. He has also taught at the college level at Oswego State University as an adjunct professor and clinician.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Matt has served as a jazz clinician, bass clinician, and guest conductor at the high school and college level, in both orchestral and jazz studies

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Discography

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Spider Records
2017

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Spider Records
2011

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