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Originally from upstate New York, Matt Witek is a Los Angeles-based drummer. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2009, Witek furthered his studies by moving to Los Angeles to study under the tutelage of world-renown drummer Jeff Hamilton. Along with Hamilton’s mentorship, Matt completed a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies on full scholarship at California State University Long Beach in 2012. Matt’s musical approach to drums has caught the attention of today’s most prolific musicians. He has toured with the John Pizzarelli Quartet, Graham Dechter Quartet, Larry Fuller Trio, Katie Thiroux Quartet and worked with several artists that include John Clayton, Ben Wolfe, James Morrison, Ken Peplowski, Ralph Moore, Scott Hamilton, Harry Allen, Bucky Pizzarelli, Larry Koonse, Anthony Wilson, Tony Monaco, Tamir Hendelman, Bill Cunliffe, Mikan Zlatkovich

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 3-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 3-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball" Four Points by Sheraton at LAX Los Angeles, CA May 23-27, 2018 Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Concert 8: The Herdsmen -Bobby Shew meets Larry McKenna Trumpeter Bobby Shew is a well- known ...

Katie Thiroux Trio at South Jazz Parlor

Read "Katie Thiroux Trio at South Jazz Parlor" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Katie Thiroux Trio South Jazz Parlor jny: Philadelphia, PA February 24, 2018 In time-honored Philly tradition, South is the kind of venue that recognizes jazz as a vital staple rather than just another aspect of business. Nestled on a corner in Center City's bustling north side (go figure), the place features ...

Five Women (plus Two) – MJ Territo, Laura Campisi, Mari Nobre, Janet Lawson, Dominique Eade, Jocelyn Medina, Katie Thiroux

Read "Five Women (plus Two) – MJ Territo, Laura Campisi, Mari Nobre, Janet Lawson, Dominique Eade, Jocelyn Medina, Katie Thiroux" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

MJ Territo Ladies Day Jolly Molly Records 2017 Vocalist Mj Territo celebrates all things women on her ambitious and overdue Ladies Day. Territo noted the number of compositions that she loved were written by women. So, taking that fact and assembling an all-women's band, Territo creates the trifecta of celebration. The ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Katie Thiroux Quartet at Birdland

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Katie Thiroux Quartet Birdland New York, NY November 6, 2016 Joy swings eternal in the music of bassist-vocalist Katie Thiroux. And that's just one of the many gifts that spring forth from this skyrocketing talent. Over the past eighteen months, Thiroux has had one deserved success after another. It started ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Jones Trio: Roaring

Read "Roaring" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The musical legacy of The Roaring Twenties is alive and kicking. For his second date on the Capri imprint, pianist Mike Jones decided to pull together a collection of Jazz Age nuggets and drop into the studio for a nonchalant session with bassist Katie Thiroux and drummer Matt Witek--a blue-chip rhythm duo whose musical stock has ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lori Bell: Brooklyn Dreaming

Read "Brooklyn Dreaming" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

No matter where we go, our formative experiences travel with us. That's what Lori Bell appears to say with Brooklyn Dreaming. For her ninth album, this California-based flutist decided to glance eastward, recalling time spent soaking in the sounds of New York City with her musical family in her youth. The result? A love letter that ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Larry Fuller Trio at Jazz at Kitano

Read "Larry Fuller Trio at Jazz at Kitano" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Larry Fuller Trio Jazz at Kitano New York, NY November 22, 2015 While jazz is a music founded and fed on innovation, it's also an art form steeped in tradition, forwarded through the passing of the torch to the next generation(s) in order to keep the life force of the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Virtuoso Flutist Lori Bell Returns With 9th Studio Album On January 15, 2016

Virtuoso Flutist Lori Bell Returns With 9th Studio Album On January 15, 2016

Brooklyn Dreaming Is An Homage To Brooklyn/New York City Renditions of Classics By Monk, Mingus and Earle Hagen Quartet Includes Pianist Tamir Hendelman, Bassist Katie Thiroux and Drummer Matt Witek A flutist and composer of admirable depth and broad musical sympathies, Brooklyn native Lori Bell has contributed to the development of higher standards of performance while ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Katie Thiroux: Introducing Katie Thiroux

Read "Introducing Katie Thiroux" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

West Coast native and Berklee College of Music product Katie Thiroux possesses an embarrassment of talent riches. She is an accomplished bassist, vocalist, composer and band leader. Her debut recording, appropriately named Introducing Katie Thiroux, is precociously assertive, filling in every nook and cranny of the middle-of-the-road mainstream jazz. Thiroux employs a cleverly ...


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