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The Duo Live
New live recording featuring bassist Phil Palombi now available on CD or as digital download. Listen now

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Back on the Road at Last

This weekend I’m back in London for a few shows at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in SoHo. What a strange and wonderful feeling to go back to performing after almost two years of very limited possibility. I’m here with Curtis Stigers again. Over the summer we did a few very hot outdoor shows in the […]

Great Day in the Studio

Last Friday I had an amazing day recording with John Hébert and Keith Hall at Transient Recording in Chicago. We tracked eight of my new tunes for piano trio and I must admit I’m very happy with how it all went. John and Keith both played beautifully and vibe during the session was just great. […]

Matthew Fries Trio Concert – July 20th, 2021

I’ve been doing a lot of writing in the last year or so during this pandemic lockdown. I mean, we musicians have all had a lot of free time on our hands, and I’ve been trying to put some of it to good use. Some of the music was inspired by events that happened during […]

Online Duo Concert with Andrew Rathbun

Andrew Rathbun and I will be playing some sax-piano duo in a concert for the Global Music Foundation‘s online series. These concerts feature artists from around the world and are streamed live on Zoom. Each concert is followed by an informal talk-back session. It’s a lot like a virtual house-concert with a fun, international audience of music […]

Duo concert featuring impressions of the music of Claude Debussy

I’m looking forward to performing on the beautiful Steinway at Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor on Sunday, March 7th, for this livestreamed duo concert with my friend (and amazing saxophonist/composer) Andrew Rathbun. He released a beautiful album last year called Impressions of Debussy, where we hear performances of the original piano works of Debussy […]

The Duo Live – Album Now Available Everywhere

The Duo Live was recorded live in concert and is now available everywhere on the Xcappa Records label. It is a duo performance I did with Grammy-winning bassist Phil Palombi, and I consider it a sort of tribute to the classic “duo gigs” made popular in NYC when I was living and working there. True […]

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