About Matt Ulery

Chicago-based bassist/composer and bandleader Matt Ulery has developed an instantly recognizable sound. Known for his sweeping lyricism, unconventional phrase structures, expressionistic emotionalism, Ulery’s music is informed by the entire spectrum of jazz, classical, rock, pop, and folk—specifically American, South American, Balkan, and other European folk styles. He performs not only on upright and electric bass, but doubles on tuba.

For a decade, Ulery has been the leader of his own groups, Loom, By a Little Light, and a member, among others, of Eastern Blok, and the Grazyna Auguscik Group. Ulery has produced and released 6 albums of all original music under his name including his three most recent releases of critical acclaim, By a Little Light (2012), Wake an Echo (2013), and In the Ivory (2014), on Greenleaf Music.

Ulery earned a Master of Music degree at Depaul University and Bachelors degree in music composition at The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and has played in bands with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Phil Markowitz, Fareed Haque, Howard Levy, Patricia Barber, Goran Ivanovic, Jeff Parker, Zach Brock, and many others.

When not touring parts of the United States and Europe, Matt appears regularly in Chicago area music venues and has played performed with his groups at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Chicago Orchestra Hall, Millennium Park Pritzker Pavillion, Chicago Cultural Center, The Krannert Center, Blues Alley, Jazz Showcase, The Metro and countless other fine music listening rooms.

“Greenleaf is proud to be able to release Matt’s most ambitious music to date. I am most impressed by the pure emotion captured on this recording. By A Little Light is a pure outpouring of feeling. Beyond that richness there is the audacity and strength involved in organizing such a large and cohesive group.”
—Dave Douglas

“This is music of brisk intelligence and an almost off-putting abundance of composure… with frictionless access to great chunks of classical postminimalism, atmospheric indie-rock and harmonically astute post-bop.”
—New York Times


Matt Ulery Discography

In the Ivory

2014 Greenleaf Music

Wake an Echo

2013 Greenleaf Music

By A Little Light

2012 Greenleaf Music

2011 482 Music

The Queen [10″]
2011 Whistler Records

Themes and Scenes
2009 Self-released

Music Box Ballerina
2008 Self-released



“Dark Harvest” from By A Little Light

“Great Full” from the album Flora.Fauna.Fervor