Matt graduated from Harvard University, and received a Masters from Manhattan School of Music. In the early 1990s, he taught jazz history at Harvard while maintaining a freelance music career in Boston. Hong has lived in NYC since 1993, and has played around the world with many bands including Guillermo Klein, Illinois Jacquet, and David Berger's Sultans of Swing. He has worked in the orchestras of many hit Broadway musicals, and currently appears nightly in the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys. He continues to lead his own projects as well.