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Matthew Parrish


Matthew Parrish, has ‘come into his own’ as a sought after performer, arranger, composer, producer and instructor. Matthew brings skills and s wing as he puts his heart into every note he plays. He has a genuine warmth and loyalty to the music that transcends into every note, every tune, and every interaction with his fellow musicians.

Born in central California to hard-working, music-loving parents of four children, Matthew is the youngest to his next sibling by eleven years. With a variety of jazz, rock, and classical music being played around him since birth, whether live or recorded, and a father who played acoustic bass early in his military career, Matt was destined for a life dedicated to music. Although he started on trumpet in middle school, he switched from that instrument for the acoustic bass in a last minute decision of the heart right before his Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts music program audition. He was accepted as an acoustic bass student in jazz studies and he has never stopped learning his craft.


Two Moons

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: Both; Blue Moon; Never Break; Only Love Can Break Your Heart; Close Your Eyes (intro); Close Your Eyes; Haunted Heart; Scare the Ghost; Moon and Sand; Sailor and the Sea.


Article: Play This!

Michelle Lordi: Only Love Can Break Your Heart

Read "Michelle Lordi: Only Love Can Break Your Heart" reviewed by John Chacona

"Only Love Can Break Your Heart," a minor 1970 Neil Young hit, was ostensibly written for Graham Nash after the latter's split from Joni Mitchell (a claim Young later walked back), a breakup song then. It's a lilting waltz with a simple melody more sweet than sad. Cycling eight-bar verse and chorus sections without a bridge ...


Reminiscing at Rudy's

Label: HighNote Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: At Long Last Love; Again; Moon River; Put Your Head on My Shoulder; Why Did I Choose You; Nothing Ever Changes My Love for You; My Romance; I’ll Let You Know; Please Send Me Someone to Love; Reminiscing at Rudy’s.


Article: Album Review

Houston Person: Reminiscing at Rudy's

Read "Reminiscing at Rudy's" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The “Rudy's" in the title of tenor saxophonist Houston Person's album, Reminiscing at Rudy's, is not a nightclub or other such venue but the New Jersey studio of celebrated recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder who died in 2016. As befits reminiscing, the bulk of the album's numbers are tender ballads, every one of which lands squarely ...


News: Event

New Jersey Jazz Society 50th Anniversary Concert Set For October 9th

New Jersey Jazz Society 50th Anniversary Concert Set For October 9th

During the early 1970s, New Jersey jazz fans would gather at the Chester Inn to hear Chuck Slate’s Traditional Jazz Band or at the Hillside Lounge (also in Chester) to see cornetist Wild Bill Davison, or alto saxophonist Rudy Powell, or guitarist Al Casey. In October 1972, under the leadership of the late Jack Stine, these ...


Article: Rising Stars

Meet Bassist Laura Simone-Martin

Read "Meet Bassist Laura Simone-Martin" reviewed by Sanford Josephson

This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. As a fifth grader at Lawrence Intermediate School in Lawrenceville, NJ, Laura Simone-Martin was planning to play the cello. But her mother, Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin, who teaches Vocal Jazz at Princeton University, showed her a video of bassist Esperanza Spalding performing at the White House. “I ...


Article: Live Review

Matthew Parrish's Philly Express Band: Jazz at Cherry Street Pier

Read "Matthew Parrish's Philly Express Band: Jazz at Cherry Street Pier" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Matthew Parrish Philly Express Band Cherry Street Pier Philadelphia, PA April 16, 2022 This “Jazz Appreciation Month" concert, sponsored by Jazz Philadelphia and the city's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, unveiled a jazz quintet of highest caliber. The group was assembled by bassist Matthew Parrish ...



Label: TT Productions
Released: 2021
Track listing: Let's Go!; Message; Zipline; Bubble; Fearless; Dusk; Mablestates; In The Weeds; Moon.


Song of the Day


Label: TT Productions
Released: 2021
Duration: 06:50


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