Biography

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Matt “Grandpa” Musselman, trombonist extraordinaire, flees small town Maryland to try his luck in New York City. Upon arrival he assembles a first rate band with five of the city’s top men including Vince “The Kid” Nero, saxophones; Russ “The Chief” Moore, trumpet; Bryan “The Professor” Reeder, piano; Dan “The Boss” Peck, tuba; Will “Doc” Clark, percussion. Boasting a repertoire of turn of the century ragtime, 1920’s jazz and depression era swing by composers such as Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington, the Syncopators become the premier music ensemble any side of the Mississippi. The group soon captivates the nation’s imagination through performances at the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Louis Armstrong House Museum, the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, the Montauk Club, the Gershwin Hotel, and Bargemusic. Grandpa Musselman & His Syncopators continue to bring masterpieces from the first generation of jazz to audiences far and wide.