Meet Matt Simons
Matt Simons, Class of 2009
My name is Matt Simons and I’m a singer, songwriter and saxophonist from Palo Alto, CA. I studied Jazz Saxophone performance from 2005-2009. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I met some of my best friends along the way. At Purchase, I learned the discipline necessary to make a career in music possible yet always felt free to follow my musical compass. After graduating, I moved to Brooklyn where I took any and all gigs I could get my hands on. My Purchase Jazz education provided me with the tools to play so many different styles of music, I rarely felt unprepared. I played sideman gigs on both saxophone and keyboards in clubs and bars all over the city before focusing full time on my original songwriting.
Since then, I’ve released two full length solo albums and have a third currently in the works, set to be released in early 2019. My song “Catch & Release” was certified either Gold or Platinum in 14 different countries and all of my songs combined have generated over 400 million streams on Spotify.