Cappy and his funky crew throw down in the spirit of the Brecker Brothers on “East Philly” and the nasty “Cappy Bounce,” the latter featuring the trumpeter dialing up a healthy dose of wah-wah on his extended solo. Expect other tunes from his 2017 album Church and State, including the infectious “Rose Lane” (named for the street where he grew up in Berlin) and the hip-hop flavored title track (featuring rapper Chill Moody). Stay for the stellar Stevie Wonder medley. He may even encore with the Puccini opera classic “Nessun Dorma” or the spiritual “Amazing Grace.” This talented cat covers a whole lot of territory in the course of a single set. This is Matt Cappy’s second appearance at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival.
East Philadelphia-based funk-fusion trumpeter Matt Cappy has played sideman to stars as Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, Mos Def, Erykah Badu and Jay-Z. He has also recorded on albums by Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Elvis Costello, Wyclef Jean, Gerald Veasley and The Roots. But its in his capacity as bandleader of his potent quintet that the Berlin, New Jersey native really gets to blow his own horn. Initially inspired by his high school band director Bill Garton, a former saxophonist in Maynard Ferguson’s big band, and further encouraged by his trumpet teaches Joe Fallon and Rick Kerber, Cappy received a BA in performance and trumpet from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts in 1996 and for the past 20 years has been immersed in the Philly jazz and net-soul scenes while also touring internationally. His breakout debut as a leader, Church and State, came in 2017 on the Ropeadope label. Matt is currently on the trumpet faculty at The Conservatory of Musical Arts in Haddonfield, New Jersey.