Matthew Niedbalski is a drummer known for bringing musicality and energy to the bandstand. Born and raised in New York’s Capital District, Matt was exposed to music at a very early age. While in high school he took private drum lessons with drummer/author Ted Mackenzie and participated in the Empire State Youth Orchestra as well as the Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute. Before graduating high school Matt played with many local musicians, performing at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, the Final Stretch Music Festival and the Lake George Jazz Festival where he opened for Rudresh Manthappa and Bunky Green.
In 2012, Matt was accepted into the jazz studies program at William Paterson University under the direction of Mulgrew Miller. While at William Paterson he studied privately with Bill Goodwin, Kevin Norton and Steve LaSpina. Matt participated in ensembles directed by Mulgrew Miller, Bill Charlap, Christian McBride and others. Matt performed as a member of the university ensembles at the William Paterson Jazz Room Series and Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola.
Since graduating William Paterson in 2016, Matt has remained active in both the Albany jazz scene and New York City. He was recently featured on pianist Sam Javitch’s debut recording “People and Places” which also features saxophonist Rich Perry. Matt is a member of the Charles Cornell Trio, the Giroux Brothers Quartet, Joel Cotton’s Consequence and the Dylan Perrillo Orchestra. In addition to an active performance schedule he also teaches privately and has taught drum classes for younger musicians. Matt is on faculty at Vanguard Music Studio in Denville NJ.