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Matt Slocum


Described by JazzTimes as “a tastefully polyrhythmic drummer with a penchant for melodicism on the kit," Matt Slocum has also earned a reputation as an inventive and lyrical composer. He is the recipient of composition grants and commissions from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the American Music Center, New Music USA, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Puffin Foundation and Meet the Composer. Frequently referred to as a "musical" drummer, Slocum possesses a distinctive voice on the instrument and is a propulsive, melodic and dynamic accompanist and soloist. He has toured throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Steve Cardenas, Gerald Clayton, Taylor Eigsti, Aaron Goldberg, Larry Grenadier, Jon Irabagon, Lage Lund, Linda Oh, Jerome Sabbagh, Jaleel Shaw, Walter Smith III, Dayna Stephens, Anthony Wilson, Ben Wendel, Sam Yahel and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra


Article: Rising Stars

Introducing Pianist Samvit Prem Singhal

Read "Introducing Pianist Samvit Prem Singhal" reviewed by Sanford Josephson

This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Growing up in Delhi, India, Samvit Prem Singhal always had a love for jazz, although he played classical piano. “I was playing piano since I was three years old," he recalled. “I started playing Indian classical music. Then, I transitioned into western classical music. But my ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Sounds from Slocum, Hill and Oveido

Read "New Sounds from Slocum, Hill and Oveido" reviewed by Bob Osborne

Featured on this week's show are new albums from Matt Slocum, Marquis Hill, Ariel Invernizzi Oviedo, Fishblot, Amos Gillespie, Avishai Cohen, and Jorge Garcia. There is also a track from improvisation “super-group" John Dikeman, Pat Thomas, John Edwards, and Steve Noble. Also included are archive choices from Stan Sulzmann and Tony Hymas, Joanne Brackeen and Mary ...


Article: Talking 2 Musicians

Brandon “Taz” Niederauer: A Minor with a Major Future

Read "Brandon “Taz” Niederauer: A Minor with a Major Future" reviewed by Alan Bryson

Though only seventeen, guitarist/singer/songwriter Brandon Niederauer has amassed a staggering list of accomplishments. At age ten he was a guest and performer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show--the YouTube clip of which has over 3,200,000 views. Two years later he landed a role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway Musical, School of Rock. He has performed a Hendrixesque version ...



Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Romulus; Consolation Prize; Aspen Island; Star Prairie; A Dissolving Alliance; Days of Peace; Sanctury; Anselmo.


Article: Multiple Reviews

3x3: Piano Trios: July 2019

Read "3x3: Piano Trios: July 2019" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It must unofficially be the year of the piano trio or something. They just keep coming, and thankfully each new one is still stimulating and surprising. Shalosh Onwards and Upwards ACT Music 2019 The name means “three," simply enough, and Shalosh is all about embodying that ideal of ...


Trio Pacific, vol. 1

Label: Chandra Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Passaic; I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me; Yerazel; Relaxin' at Camarillo; Afterglow; Descent; For Alin; Atlantic.


Article: Live Review

Meeting of the Spirits: John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring at the Michigan Theater

Read "Meeting of the Spirits: John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring at the Michigan Theater" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Jimmy Herring and The Invisible Whip + John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension Meeting of the Spirits Tour Michigan Theater Ann Arbor, Michigan November 15, 2017 When it comes to virtuosi, guitarist John McLaughlin ranks high in the jazz fusion world. Having the early fortune to connect with legendary drummer ...


Article: Album Review

Matt Slocum: Trio Pacific, vol. 1

Read "Trio Pacific, vol. 1" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

"In queste session--dice Matt Slocum--ero interessato a sviluppare una struttura compositiva più aperta, pensata per l'approccio estetico del trio. Questa formazione sembra adattarsi meglio all'interazione collettiva che all'affermazione di lunghi assoli individuali. È ancora un formato relativamente nuovo, essendo appena un anno che suoniamo in trio ma sento un'intensa connessione musicale, la più forte mai provata." ...


Trio Pacific, Vol. 1

Label: Chandra Records
Released: 2016


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