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Matt Marantz


Matt Marantz is a freelance jazz saxophonist based in New Orleans. He is a recent graduate of Manhattan School of Music, where he received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Saxophone Performance on a full-tuition scholarship. While at MSM he studied privately with such notable educators and performers as Bob Mintzer, Steve Wilson, Garry Dial, and John Riley. He initiated outside lessons with Chris Cheek and Steve Cardenas. Matt was selected to perform in an honor jazz quartet during his 2008 MSM graduation ceremony, playing a musical tribute to Honorary Doctorate inductee, Billy Joel. Since 2000 Matt has garnered a total of 26 Downbeat Student Music Awards. He received his first DB award as an 8th grader, winning the coveted Instrumental Jazz Soloist award (Junior High Division)


Article: Album Review

Peter Slavov: Little Stories

Read "Little Stories" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While these ten tracks recorded by bassist Peter Slavov's variable-sized outfit were all fleshed out in the studio between 2017 and 2019, this debut album actually covers a wider span of time. Collecting music penned over the past 20 years, and attaching attendant stories for background and bridging purposes, Slavov essentially looks back over his entire ...


Little Stories

Label: Slavov Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Prologue: Glide; Gone; Small Little Things; Photos; Bye; History of Beauty; Ghost; In Defense Of The Minotaur; A.M.; Elegy.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Conversation with Abelita Mateus

Read "A Conversation with Abelita Mateus" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

Abelita Mateus' rich cultural and musical background gives her playing a rare uncontrived soulfulness that is complete with artistic and emotional authenticity. This can be heard on her new album Mixed Feelings. This album features Abelita Mateus on piano and vocals, Peter Slavov on bass, Diego Urcola on trumpet, Matt Marantz on tenor ...



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2010
Track listing: The Narrow Path; Quiet; Patience; Coastlines; Hope; Pastel; Rainfall; Sketches; Dream's Harbor; Offering; Prayer.


Article: Album Review

Matt Marantz: Offering

Read "Offering" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Saxophonist Matt Marantz's Offering is a splendid debut; echoing, in part, the lyricism and verve of three of his influences--Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, and Phil Woods. It's interesting to note that the young New Orleans based saxophonist is a tenorist--whose intrepid lines and phrasings are honed from practice and performance--with an alto-like tonality that is less ...


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