In addition to his work as a jazz pianist, Matt Ray is known in New York as an extremely versatile artist. He has worked for many years as a jazz vocalist, recording artist and producer, music director for theater and cabaret shows, a sideman for singer-songwriters, as well as an accompanist for some of the city’s best vocalists.
Matt has worked with a diverse group of musicians including jazz artists Joe Lovano, Jeremy Pelt, Anita O’Day, Queen Esther, Bobby Hutcherson, and Marcus Belgrave; singer/songwriters Paul Brill, Kat Edmonson, The Flying Change, and Danielia Cotton; and theater artists like Taylor Mac and the cabaret troupe The Citizens Band. In 2009 Matt played piano in, and music directed Taylor Mac’s Obie Award winning theater production The Lily’s Revenge, and in 2010 and 2011 toured with Mac’s hit show Comparison Is Violence: Or the Ziggy Stardust Meets Tiny Tim Songbook. In the spring of 2012 Matt music directed The Billie Holiday Project at the Apollo Theater starring Queen Esther.