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Matt Lavelle

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Matt Lavelle is a trumpet, flugelhorn, bass and alto clarinet player, and composer based in New York City. He began his music career with Hildred Humphries, a swing era veteran who played with Count Basie and Billie Holiday. He has played in ensembles led by Sabir Mateen since 2002. In 2005, Lavelle began study with Ornette Coleman. Lavelle was a member of the Bern Nix quartet from 2010-2017. Lavelle recorded with Giuseppi Logan in 2010. In 2011 Lavelle created the 12 Houses Orchestra. Lavelle records for Unseen Rain and has just released a record on the legendary ESP record label, a duo with Reggie Sylvester called Retrograde.

Lavelle has played and collaborated with Ornette Coleman, William Parker, Warren Smith, Henry Grimes, Eric Mingus, Sabir Mateen, Roy Campbell, Daniel Carter, Jemeel Moondoc, Mat Maneri, Ras Moshe, Hilliard Greene, Steve Swell, Matana Roberts, Bern Nix, Jack DeSalvo, Charles Downs, Tom Cabrera, Francois Grillot, Giuseppi Logan, William Hooker and many others.

Lavelle published his first book, New York City Subway Drama and Beyond, in 2011

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Musical Portrait Of William Parker

Read "A Musical Portrait Of William Parker" reviewed by Centro d'Arte Padova


This new installment of our “50/50" series--a collection of mixtapes made in collaboration with the artists hosted at Centro d'Arte--is dedicated to bassist and composer William Parker, a driving force of New York's free jazz scene since the 1970s, and one of the most brilliant musical minds of today's creative music. The selection features ...

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Article: Album Review

William Parker & The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra: Mayor of Punkville

Read "Mayor of Punkville" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Few musicians have managed to integrate life, art, spirituality, and philosophy the way William Parker has. Author of three volumes of poetry, exponent of art as an alternative to materialism and entrapment, spiritual lightning pole, and master bassist: what else is left? The Little Huey, back on CD after 1997's sensational Sunrise in the Tone World, ...


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