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Matt Smiley is a bassist and composer currently living in Fort Collins Colorado. He has performed in a variety of musical situations including classical music, gospel, rock, funk, bluegrass, jazz, free improvisation, and 20th/21st century music. Smiley has performed internationally at the Montreux, North Sea and Montreal Jazz festivals and premièred John Hilliard’s 2nd Piano Concerto at the Kennedy Center. Smiley relocated from Virginia to Colorado where he received a master's degree in music with an emphasis in jazz studies at the University of Northern Colorado. While at UNC Smiley won the UNC Jazz Composer’s Award for an original composition titled “Double Quartet.” In Colorado Smiley performs funk music with the band Soul Proprietor, and jazz music with The Mark Sloniker Trio/Quartet, and Square Peg, and is currently performing three nights a week with the Subterranean Jazz Trio/Quartet
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