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Matt Smiley

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Matt Smiley is a bassist, composer and educator who has performed in a variety of musical settings over the last fifteen years. He has a bachelor’s degree in music industry with a jazz studies minor from James Madison University, and a master’s of music in jazz studies from the University of Northern Colorado. An avid and enthusiastic musician, Smiley has performed both nationally and internationally at universities throughout the country, and the Montreux, North Sea, and Montreal Jazz Festivals. Currently Matt resides in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he plays jazz weekly with the Subterraneans at Ace Gillett’s

Album

Free Wyoming

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Big Horn; Owl Creek; Black Hills; Wind River.

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SN Trio: Free Wyoming

Read "Free Wyoming" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


There is a lot of movie going on: The night boatman at the moors, fifty foot ants, a crisis in chaos, gulls, babies, dark climes, eccentric mimes . . . Whatever you can fancy while listening to the unruly codes of saxophonist Sam Newsome and his equally idiosyncratic, first-time rhythm section of bassist Matt Smiley and ...

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Aldo Salvent: Da Capo

Read "Da Capo" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Cuban-born saxophonist Aldo Salvent makes an impressive entrance into the world of recorded jazz with his debut as leader on the stunning Da Capo, a disc of mainstream modern jazz featuring ten originals performed by a superb quintet. Currently seeking his Master's Degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance at Florida International University in Miami, FL, Salvent's musical ...

Album

Quartet Art

Label: Dazzle Recordings
Released: 2012
Track listing: Skeed; Gebo; Stars Fill the Sky; Fehu; Naudhiz; Othala; Toe Knee; Eihwaz; Foto; Ingwaz; Hagalaz; Quartet Art; Berkana; Song for Che.

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Ron Miles: Jazz Gentleman, Part 3

Read "Ron Miles: Jazz Gentleman, Part 3" reviewed by Florence Wetzel


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3[Editor's Note: In Florence Wetzel's in-depth interview with Ron Miles, the Colorado-based trumpeter covers the rest of his releases, including an exclusive first look at his forthcoming album, Quiver (Enja, 2012), due out later this year.] Chapter Index Laughing Barrel Stone/Blossom Quiver Practicing and ...

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Matt Smiley: Quartet Art

Read "Quartet Art" reviewed by Florence Wetzel


Colorado-based bassist Matt Smiley is an excellent example of the virtues of musical versatility. His résumé includes performing internationally at the Montreux, North Sea, and Montreal Jazz festivals; premiering John Hilliard's 2nd Piano Concerto at the Kennedy Center; presenting his own arrangements of bassist Dave Holland's seminal “Conference of the Birds"; playing with a funk band; ...


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