From Matt: “Major life update: I’m moving to New York City in August to pursue new & exciting opportunities in jazz, teaching, and musical theatre! After a week of interviews and apartment hunting, I’ve accepted a job offer at “Keys To Success,” a piano school in Brooklyn, and will find a sublet in Manhattan while I continue to look for a permanent place. Those of you that know me, know that I’ve dreamed of living in NYC since I was a little kid. Now that dream is finally coming true!”

Stay tuned for more info on what’s happening with Matt in NYC!

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Matt & Susan’s song “Silence” was written in response to the need to speak out for justice. We must not keep silent when our voices should be heard.

Silence cover art Matt Dorland & Susan LaVelle

We used this opportunity to open up “Just a Touch of Jazz” Artist Profiles on all your favorite streaming services! Check out “Silence” on Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, Amazon et. al! You can purchase the song on Amazon and Apple Music and we appreciate and thank you for your support!

Or just say, “Siri, play ‘Silence’ by Just a Touch of Jazz”!

We entered our song “Silence” into the NPR Tiny Desk Contest. You will find it on the Tiny Desk website with all the other entries. You can also find it on our “Just a Touch of Jazz” YouTube channel.

We will let you know how the contest goes! The final winner will give a concert at NPR in Washington DC in September.

Justice Mercy Compassion: Uniting the Twin Cities With Music
Fri Ap 16 at 7 PM CDT
Just A Touch of Jazz YouTube channel Be there!!
Sponsored by Matt Dorland and Susan LaVelle

Matt and Susan premiere a very special song, “Silence.”

Join with us on our YouTube channel starting on Friday April 16, 2021, at 7 PM.

Online concert uploaded on Friday October 23, 2020…

Sponsored by Just a Touch of Jazz

Susan LaVelle & Matt Dorland, with 5 other professional local musicians, respond to our difficult year of 2020 by presenting an online video concert of original song to unite the Twin Cities’ community through music.

“Just a Touch of Jazz” YouTube hosts the concert!

Matt and Susan premier a song, “Keep Holding On.”

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Susan LaVelle & Matt Dorland

Coming in September…
An In-Person, outdoor Concert!

MN Songwriters’ Roundtable Concert Series in Wyoming, MN.

Matt & Susan will perform the original songs you know and love along with new ones, all with our special touch of jazz and sharing the stage in a round table with 1-2 other MN songwriting musicians.

Social distancing rules apply for the audience. Performance will be outside, videoed by the local cable channel and available to watch online.

Mask up and bring a chair or blanket. 

Date: Thursday, Sept 10, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Click here for a map to Hallberg Center for the Arts, Wyoming, MN 

The Wyoming Area Creative Arts CommunityLive at the Hallberg Center for the Arts

The Hallberg Center for the Arts, is owned and run by the Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community, with a mission to encourage creative expression, promote networking of local artists of all ages, and champion a learning environment that builds community participation in the arts.

Located at 5521 East Viking Blvd, in Wyoming, MN, the Center for the Arts is just a couple blocks east of the main intersection in downtown Wyoming.


just a touch of jazz, microphone, piano keyboard

Friday May 8, 2020

4:00 pm CDT


Susan LaVelle will perform the original LaVelle & Dorland song, “This Old House” supported by Matt’s fantastic blues piano. Plus, Susan will be interviewed by nationally known musician, Cheryl Englehardt.


Tune in on Instagram at 4 PM CDT @inthekeyofsuccess