17-year-old Matthew Sorley has been playing music since the age of 6, first on piano, then at age 12, he developed a love for the sax. He enjoys playing various musical genres, including classical, R&B, soul, funk, blues and rock, but his main focus is jazz.
Matthew has studied jazz and improv at Humber College in Toronto with Berklee alumni Lucian Gray, Juno Award nominee Adrean Farrugia, and internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist Lorne Lofsky. He has also studied with Juno Award-winning jazz saxophonists, Kelly Jefferson and Kirk MacDonald. He is currently enrolled in advanced studies at Alexander Mackenzie High, where he performs in the school’s orchestra, wind ensemble, musical theater pit, and as well as in his own Generation Jazz combo. He also leads and conducts the Alex Mac Senior Jazz Band, and despite his busy schedule, still manages to maintain his grades in the high-90 range.
Matthew Sorley is the youngest player of The George Lake Big Band where he doubles on flute and clarinet, and is also active with Mississauga’s Shades of Blue Revue funk & soul band. He is a regular sub in other bands, including Toronto’s Swing Shift Big Band. Previously, he was a member of the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band, the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, and was a finalist in the Niagara Jazz Festival’s youth competition, where he played with legendary jazz drummer and Order of Canada recipient Terry Clarke. He has also sat in on multiple occasions with Toronto’s cult band, The Shuffle Demons.
In May, Matthew is looking forward to being a part of Musicfest Conn-Selmer Big Band in Niagara Falls, Ontario.