Originally from Gansevoort, NY, Matthew Niedbalski began to show interest in the drums at a very early age. At age 8 he began taking lessons with Ted Mackenize, a well respected drummer and author. By age 13 he was performing with local musicians in the Capital region. Matt participated in the Empire State Youth Orchestra jazz ensemble and attended the Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute in 2011. While at Skidmore he studied with renowned drummers Matt Wilson and Dennis Mackrel. Matt was accepted into the William Paterson jazz studies program and began studying there in 2012 under the direction of Mulgrew Miller and in 2016 received a B.M. in Jazz Performance. While at William Paterson he was fortunate enough to study with Bill Goodwin, Kevin Norton and Steve LaSpina and participate in ensembles coached by Mulgrew Miller, Bill Charlap, Christian McBride and others.
Matt has performed at various venues including the Lake George Jazz Festival, the Final Stretch Music Festival, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Joe’s Pub, the Harlem Tavern and One Caroline Street Bistro. Matt can be heard playing with the Nate Giroux Trio every month at Speakeasy 518 in Albany, NY. He currently offers private lessons and teaches at Vanguard Music Studio in Denville, NJ.