About Matt

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The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Band, 1992-2009
The Matt Finders Octet, 2005-2013 (leader)
Re-Birth of the Cool Band, 2009-2010 (leader)
Bill Holman Big Band, 2007-2010
Woody Herman Big Band, 2008-2010
Count Basie Orchestra, 2008
Jack Sheldon Big Band, 2003-2008
Bill Cunliffe Sextet, 2000-2010
Michael Bublé, 2000
Pancho Sanchez, 1996


Benny Goodman Big Band, 1985-86
Bob Mintzer Big Band, 1987-1992
Mel Lewis Big Band, 1983-1989
Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band, 1983-1992
Buck Clayton Big Band, 1988-1992
Natalie Cole, 1991
Harry Connick Jr. 1990
Marian and Jimmy McPartland, 1989-90
Clark Terry Big Bad Band, 1981
Blood, Sweat and Tears, 1987

Broadway: Cats, My One And Only, The Tap Dance Kid, Starlight Express, Secret Garden, Rags, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes, 42nd Street, Grand Hotel

Matt Finders

is a bassist, composer/arranger and educator living in Livermore, CA. He spent 17 years as a member of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno Band (on trombone). During that period, Matt started his Jazz Labb programs to keep his students playing during the summer. On the Tonight Show, Matt wrote over 400 arrangements for the band and continues to write for the Jazz Labb groups each session. Besides local instruction, Matt works as a guest clinician/adjudicator. Recent venues include San Ramon Valley, Campana, and Reno Jazz Festivals.


Director of Jazz Band, East Avenue Middle School, 2014-present
Director of Combo program, Hart Middle School, 2014-present
Director of Combo program, Amador High School, 2015-present
Director of Jazz Band, Mendenhall Middle School, Livermore, 2013-present
Director of Combo program, Calabasas High School, 2010-2013
Director of Combo program, Westlake High School, 2009-2011
Director of Jazz B big band, A and B combos, Lindero Canyon M.S., 1999-2013
Director of Jazz Labb camps, 2004-present
Private trombone, tuba and jazz improvisation students, 1992-present


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