Drummer Matt has been on the New York City music scene since 1994. He has performed with some of the best in the business, including Vincent Herring, David Williams, Teri Thornton, Gary Versace, Ron McLure, Ben Monder, Ratzo Harris, John Stetch, Jeremy Pelt and Jerome Richardson, among others.

Matt attended William Paterson College’s jazz studies program in the early nineties. He has studied with renowned performers/ educators John Riley, Horacee Arnold, Rufus Reid, Harold Mabern, Carl Allen, Bill Goodwin, and Ed Shaughnessy, among others.


Matt has performed all over New York in such notable venues as The Blue Note, Birdland, Smalls, Smoke, Minton's Playhouse, The Jazz Standard, The Kitano Hotel, and The Knitting Factory. He has also toured the U.S. including Northwest tours with pianist, Clay Giberson, a summer jazz series at The Baltimore Museum of Art with Grammy winner, Vincent Herring’s Quartet, Midwest shows with master Brand X bassist, Percy Jones and West Coast tours with the prolific pianist and composer, Joel Forrester.


Matt is currently a full time member of pianist/composer Joel Forrester’s working trio and quintet. Forrester, who was recently featured in Downbeat Magazine, composed the theme for National Public Radio's "FRESH AIR" with Terry Gross and is also a founding member of The Microscopic Septet. Matt has recorded three albums with Forrester on The Ride Symbol Record label.

Garrity is also featured on pianist Clay Giberson’s recording, "Spaceton's Approach" on Origin Records. In addition to national radio play, ALL ABOUT JAZZ calls it "One of the top piano trio efforts of the year." 



Matt is co-founder of the organ trio, Grape Jam. Featuring Gary Versace and Pete Smith, this very special band does not hold back, combining jazz with pretty much any style you can think of. Truly spontaneous and rooted in groove and creativity.

Matt is also involved in education. He has worked for The National Music Workshop, Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and The Turtle Bay Music School. Matt is currently on the faculty at The Henry Street Settlement in Manhattan and teaches privately.

Matt is a proud endorser of SABIAN CYMBALS since 2009.