Matt Perrine is a sousaphonist, bassist, composer, arranger and bandleader based in New Orleans, LA. Called a "virtuoso sousaphone player" by Downbeat Magazine, Matt has been seen at nearly every major jazz festival in the US and Europe. In the last 2 decades, Matt has recorded and/or performed with people like Eric Clapton, Bill Kreutzman, The Neville Brothers, Papa Mali, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Lillian Boutte, OK-Go, The Indigo Girls, Judith Owen, Harry Shearer, Pete Fountain, Dr. John, Kermit Ruffins, Ani DiFranco, Maryanne Faithful, Florence and the Machine, Alex McMurray, Better Than Ezra, Stanton Moore, Leigh "Li'l Queenie" Harris, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, John “Papa” Gros, Paul Sanchez, and Bruce Hornsby. He has also lent his unique musical voice to some of New Orleans more high-profile and visionary local musical projects: most recently Bonerama, John Ellis and Double Wide, Ray Anderson’s Pocket Brass Band, the Tin Men, Panorama Jazz Band, Fatien Ensemble, Magentic Ear, Neslort, and Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers. He is co-founder of one of the city's premier brass bands, the New Orleans Nightcrawlers, and was the recipient of Offbeat Magazine's award for best tuba player for 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012.
Matt is also an accomplished composer and arranger having written and arranged for projects by The Dukes of Dixieland and the Boston Pops, Ingrid Lucia, The Indigo Girls, The BOSE Big Band, The US Army Orchestra and First Brass Ensemble, Lillian Boutte, The New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Wooden Nickel Jass Band, The Esberg Music Conservatory Ensemble and others. His original compositions have been featured on the critically acclaimed HBO series, TREME, (and the corresponding Grammy nominated soundtrack), the credit music for NPR’s “The Reading Life” and as the theme music for the HBO/TBS broadcast of Comic Relief 2006 starring Robin Williams. Matt is also the musical director, orchestrator and arranger for NINE LIVES - A Musical Witness of New Orleans. Based on the New York Times Bestselling Novel, Nine Lives, this musical theater piece is in development with Tony Award Winner, Michael Cerveris (Assassins, Sweeney Todd) and the Public Theater.
Matt has taken his knowledge and ability of jazz, brass band and american roots music to the classroom, domestically and abroad. As a clinician, his services have been included in the course study at the Copenhagen and Aahus Rhythmik Conservatories in Denmark, Esberg Music Conservatory, The Copenhagen World Music Summit, and the Villeurbanne School of Music. He has appeared as a guest lecturer with the St. Barts Jazz Music Festival, The US Army First Brass Ensemble and has taught on staff at the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Camp, New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp and New Orleans Jazz Celebration/Music in our Schools. Matt is also an adjunct faculty member of the University of New Orleans Jazz Studies Program.
Currently, Matt can be seen performing, locally, nationally and internationally with Bonerama, Tin Men, John Ellis and Doublewide, Ray Andersson, and Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers.