About Matt

Matthew Stubbs, clarinet, was born in San Jose, CA, and grew up in nearby Mountain View.

He began playing clarinet at age 9. Throughout his teens, he was involved with both the San Jose and San Francisco High School All-Star programs and toured Eastern Europe with the El Camino Senior Symphony.

Stubbs graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Performance and Jazz Composition from the Berklee College of Music and later received a M.M. in Contemporary Performance from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. He has studied with Terri Lyne Carrington and George Garzone, among many others, and has performed with Danilo Pérez, Kenny Werner and Rakalam Bob Moses. Stubbs was the last clarinetist to be featured in the late Ralph Peterson’s Fo’tet.

""My fellowship with the Herbie Hancock Institute and the Global Jazz Institute have allowed me to mentor musicians of every proficiency in schools around the world. As a professional jazz musician with classical training, my pedagogy prioritizes instrument mastery as a path to self expression. Through supplemental lessons in music theory and its applications, fluid improvisation becomes an attainable goal for any student."

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