Matthew Jamal, a New York-based instrumentalist, model, singer-songwriter, composer, and arranger, is known for his versatile style of playing and genre-bending compositions. Matthew picked up the bass at age 11 and has since performed and worked alongside conductors Leonard Slatkin, Gerard Schwarz, and Mariss Jansons; pianist and composer Billy Childs; pianist, composer, arranger and multi-genre recording artist Damien Sneed; jazz trombonist, arranger, and composer Wycliffe Gordon; acclaimed violinists Ezinma and Lee England Jr.; leading female DJ and presenter Natasha Diggs; and pop vocalist Oyinda. He is a member of the Soulful Symphony, and the alternative/indie group Quiet Luke. He is also the band leader of his own trio and larger ensemble. In 2017, Matthew competed in the Sphinx Competition and placed as a semi-finalist. The following year he was invited to perform one of his original compositions at the Sphinx Artist Showcase. He has been honored with a number of different scholarships and awards including: First Place Award in the Master Players International Music Festival Solo Competition, Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship, Gonzaga Freshman Award for Musical Excellence, and the Gonzaga John Philip Sousa Scholars Award.
In 2018 Matthew signed with St. Claire Modeling Agency and modeled in campaigns for Zara, Nike, Converse, Billionaire Boys Club, FDMTL, American Crew, and Barragán. He has shot with many photographers including Boo George, Peter Devito, and Aria Herbst, and director Phillip Youmans.
A Washington D.C Native, Matthew currently attends Manhattan School of Music. He studies Classical and Jazz bass under Jeremy McCoy and Buster Williams. Matthew just released his first jazz single titled “Organic Sounds of the Black Mind.” It is available for streaming on SoundCloud.
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By James Brodribb for Zara
Barragan SS19- Terracota
for "Tap to Edit" 2019 Collection
for Milk.xyz "ones to watch "
by Aria Herbst
VMAN MAGAZINE - Boo George
FDMTL x BBC ICECREAM - Dom Smith
Mon Mon Die
Death and Persephone - Aria Herbst
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