MATT RAY is a New York-based pianist, singer, songwriter, arranger, and music director. His arrangements have been called “wizardly” (Time Out NY) and “ingenious” (NY Times), and his piano playing referred to as “classic, well-oiled swing” (NY Times) and “to cry for” (Ebony). For his work on Taylor Mac’s show A 24-Decade History of Popular Music he won the 2017 Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired By American History. Notable live performances include playing at Carnegie Hall with Kat Edmonson, the Hollywood Bowl with reggae legend Burning Spear, headlining his own shows at Joe’s Pub, performing at Lincoln Center with Joey Arias, and shows in Paris and the UK with Justin Vivian Bond. He co-wrote songs for and performed in Bridget Everett’s one-hour Comedy Central special Gynecological Wonder as well as Everett’s hit show Rock Bottom. Other work includes music directing The Billie Holiday Project at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, penning a string and piano arrangement for the fifth season finale of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, a month of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe with Lady Rizo, and music directing Taylor Mac’s Obie award winning play The Lily’s Revenge at the HERE Arts Center in New York. Matt has released two jazz albums as a leader: We Got It! (2001) and Lost In New York (2006); and one album of original pop/folk material called Songs For the Anonymous (2013).He also music directed Taylor Mac’s Obie award winning play The Lily’s Revenge. 

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Performances with:
Burning Spear
Taylor Mac
Justin Vivian Bond
Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments
Joey Arias
Lady Rizo
Amber Martin
Bridget Barkan
Joseph Keckler
Erin Markey
Neal Medlyn
Spencer Day
Kat Edmonson
Matt Munisteri
Paul Brill
The Flying Change
Danielia Cotton
Citizens Band
Todd Londagin
Ron Sunshine
Joe Lovano
Anita O’Day
Queen Esther
Bobby Hutcherson
Marcus Belgrave
Jeremy Pelt
Jamie Leonhart

Songwriting Collaborations:
Bridget Everett
Yair Evnine
Lady Rizo
Spencer Day

Film & TV:
Bored to Death (Season 3) — piano
Nurse Jackie — (Season 5, Ep. 10) — piano, string arrangement
Charlotte (2011) — piano
Give Up Tomorrow (2011) — piano
Better This World (2011) — piano
Paper Man (2009) — piano
What’s On Your Plate (2009) — piano
Pindemonium (2008) — piano

Matt Ray — Songs for the Anonymous 2013 (Scarlet Shame Records)
Matt Ray — Lost In New York 2006 (Consolidated Artists Productions (CAP))
Matt Ray — We Got It! 2001 (CAP)

Eva Dahlgren — Jag Sjunger Ljuset 2016 (Sony Music/Years of Charlotte)
Justin Mullens — Cornucopiad 2016 (Brooklyn Jazz Underground)
Ron Sunshine — Bring It Home 2015 (Rondette Jazz)
Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments — Pound It! 2013 (Beavertails Music)
Lady Rizo — Violet 2013 (Lady Rizo Entertainment)
Spencer Day — The Mystery of You 2013 (Concord Records)
Todd Londagin — Look Out For Love 2013
Dutch — Dutch Kills 2012 (Gro-beak)
Matt Munisteri — The Lost Music of Willard Robison: Volume One 2012 (Old Cow Music)
Kat Edmonson — Way Down Low 2012 (Spinnerette Records)
Jonathan Dalin — W 2012 (digital only)
Jonathan Dalin — M 2011 (digital only)
Paul Brill — Breezy 2011 (Scarlet Shame Records)
Lynn Stein — Softly 2011 (jbQ Media)
Arlyn Valencia — Secret Love 2011 (jbQ Media)
Taylor Mac & Rachelle Garniez — The Lily’s Revenge 2011 (Ethyl Crisp Productions)
Queen Esther — What Is Love? 2010 (EL Recordings)
Dutch – Last Stand At The Havemeyer Ranch 2009 (BJURecords)
The Flying Change — Pain Is a Reliable Signal 2009 (Scarlet Shame Records)
Paul Brill — Harpooner 2007 (Scarlet Shame Records)
Dave Rave — In the Blue of My Dreams 2007 (Bongo Beat Records)
Sonido Isleño — Vive Jazz 2005 (Tresero Productions)
Paul Brill — New Pagan Love Song 2004 (Scarlet Shame Records)
Reiko Aoki — Dreaming on a Carousel 2004
Lauren Agnelli – Love Always Follows Me 2004 (Bongo Beat Records)
Todd Londagin — Introducing Todd londagin 2003 (Artists Only Records)
Ron Sunshine — Deluxe 2003 (Golden Bug Records)
Mike Lee — My Backyard 2000 (Omnitone)
Sonido Isleño — El Asunto 1999 (Tresero Productions)
Mike Lee — Above the Battleground 1997 (CAP)


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