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Matthew Fries

Pianist, Matthew Fries, is making waves in the jazz world as both a soloist and accompanist. The winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, his debut album, Song for Today (TCB Music) was named a 2001 critics pick by Jazziz Magazine, and his recent work with his collaborative trio, Tri-Fi, "takes on the Jazz Trio challenge and delivers a 'knock out' punch" (Jazz Review). As a sideman his work has been described as "the best jazz accompaniment I've seen in a cabaret in years" (The New York Times), and "the crispest rhythm section imaginable" (The London Times). Originally from Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, Matthew now lives and works in New York City

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kelley Suttenfield: When We Were Young: Kelley Suttenfield Sings Neil Young

Read "When We Were Young: Kelley Suttenfield Sings Neil Young" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although most jazz vocalists would shy away from an album's worth of rock tunes penned by Neil Young, Kelley Suttenfield tackles the task with aplomb on When We Were Young, providing skillful renditions of eleven cuts ranging from the well-known to a couple of the most obscure of Young's compositions. Suttenfield's low-key, insouciant delivery is a ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Vocalist Kelley Suttenfield Reimagines Neil Young On When We Were Young: Kelley Suttenfield Sings Neil Young

Vocalist Kelley Suttenfield Reimagines Neil Young On When We Were Young: Kelley Suttenfield Sings Neil Young

Kelley Suttenfield is a versatile jazz singer with a warm, intimate voice that’s perfect for her newest project, When We Were Young – Kelley Suttenfield Sings Neil Young (September 13, 2019). The album includes some of Neil Young’s most famous songs, as well as a couple of tunes written but never performed by him. Tackling songs ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Renowned Jazz Singer Martha Lorin Marks Her One-Year Residency At Cafe Noctambulo At Pangea

Renowned Jazz Singer Martha Lorin Marks Her One-Year Residency At Cafe Noctambulo At Pangea

Ralph Lampkin/Lampkin Music Group and Christopher Gines/Cafe Noctambulo are proud to announce a celebration! Renowned jazz singer Martha Lorin marks her one-year residency at downtown's favorite music venue, the fabulous Cafe Noctambulo at Pangea with a fabulous new show, “Body and Soul." Joining Martha are the Steve LaSpina trio featuring top-shelf musicians: Matthew Fries on piano, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

George Walker Petit: Emergence

Read "Emergence" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Guitarist (and bassist) George Walker Petit originally got into the recording side of the music business (in 1979) because he was not hearing in playback or the final product that which he had heard in his mind while he was playing. Along the way he built up quite a reputation as the “go-to" guy who, since ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Steve LaSpina Quartet at William Paterson University

Read "Steve LaSpina Quartet at William Paterson University" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Steve LaSpina Quartet William Paterson University Summer Jazz Room Wayne, NJ July 23, 2015 At William Paterson University, jazz is taken seriously. Undergraduate and graduate courses are taught by some of the most distinguished names in the business, and the music is presented to the public with care and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tri-Fi: Staring into the Sun

Read "Staring into the Sun" reviewed by Jeffrey Uhrich

With their impressive new release, Staring into the Sun, Tri-Fi defies the odds and provides a sound argument that a piano trio can indeed be a “band" in the truest sense of the word. In most cases, albums that are released by musicians marketing themselves as a jazz “band" are merely vehicles to provide a framework ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Scott Cowan: Jack's Place

Read "Jack's Place" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Trumpeter Scott Cowan built his strength performing with several top-notch musicians, including pianist Fred Hersch, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and guitarist Kenny Burrell, in addition to being an educator and a conductor and arranger. He makes an ambitious move on his debut as a leader by extending his core unit of a quartet into a quintet, sextet ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tri-Fi: A Tri-Fi Christmas

Read "A Tri-Fi Christmas" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Every Christmas there are volunteers sent to save us from the wrath of Burl Ives. They are called jazz musicians. Everyone loves a bit of schmaltzy music a few days before the holidays, but the only problem these days is that the holiday begins right after Halloween. Sixty days of grandma getting run over by a ...


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