Calendar

I do my best to keep this calendar updated with all the current happenings. You can also join my mailing list to receive an occasional announcement about new recordings, performances and other music-related news. Hope to see you at a show!

2018

  • Mon
    01
    Jan
    2018

    MF Trio with Steve LaSpina & Jason Tiemann

    6-10pm

    Hillstone
    E54th & 3rd Ave
    NYC

    Hillstone logoI’ve been playing on the Steinway B tucked in the corner of the lively bar in this steak-n-ribs joint with some fantastic musicians 2-3 times a week since 2002! No cover charge and the food is delicious. Come for the music. Stay for the spinach and artichoke dip!

  • Wed
    03
    Jan
    2018

    with Emily Braden

    8 & 9:30pm

    Linda's Jazz Nights
    An Beal Bocht
    445 W. 238th Street
    Bronx, NY
    LindasJazzNights@gmail.com

    Emily BradenEmily Braden – vocals
    Matthew Fries – piano
    Phil Palombi – bass

    Join us at this exciting and intimate jazz series in a cozy neighborhood venue. The series hosted by Linda Manning hosts an incredible lineup of jazz artists. We’re excited to be a part of it!

    Reservations STRONGLY suggested!
    ​LindasJazzNights@gmail.com

    $15.00 for one show
    $25.00 for both (no minimum)
    $10.00 for students

     

  • Thu
    04
    Jan
    2018

    MF Trio with Phil Palombi & Eric Halvorson

    6-10pm

    Hillstone
    E54th & 3rd Ave
    NYC

    Hillstone logoI’ve been playing on the Steinway B tucked in the corner of the lively bar in this steak-n-ribs joint with some fantastic musicians 2-3 times a week since 2002! No cover charge and the food is delicious. Come for the music. Stay for the spinach and artichoke dip!

  • Fri
    05
    Jan
    2018

    718 Electric Trio

    9pm-12am

    An Beal Bocht
    Bronx, NY

    718 at the dinner tableMatthew FriesVintage Vibe electric piano + fx
    Phil Palombi – electric bass + fx
    Eric Halvorson – drums + cymbals

  • Thu
    11
    Jan
    2018

    Western Michigan University Jazz Faculty

    8pm

    The Union Cabaret & Grille
    Kalamazoo, MI

    A performance with the jazz faculty at Western Michigan University: Andrew Rathbun, Scott Cowan, Greg Jasperse, Tom Knific, Matthew Fries & Keith Hall.

  • Thu
    22
    Feb
    2018

    WMU Jams

    7pm

    The Union Cabaret & Grille
    Kalamazoo, MI

    Open jam session for Western Michigan University faculty and students. Bring your axe and join the fun.

    Matthew Fries – piano
    Tom Knific – bass
    Keith Hall – drums

  • Mon
    26
    Feb
    2018

    Solo Piano Concert with Rob Clearfield

    6:30-8:30

    Kalamazoo Piano Company
    310 N Rose St
    Kalamazoo, MI
    (269) 389-0066

    A double-bill concert with Chicago pianist, Rob Clearfield. We’ll both be playing solo piano sets of music from our recent albums. Come by and join us for this intimate performance.

    Suggested donation:
    $10 adults
    $5 students

  • Fri
    02
    Mar
    2018

    Western Jazz Quartet

    Alpina, MI

    Andrew Rathbun – tenor sax
    Matthew Fries – piano
    Tom Knific – bass
    Keith Hall – drums

  • Fri
    09
    Mar
    2018

    with Ted Hogarth

    9pm

    Ruperts Brew House
    Kalamazoo, MI

    A going-away party for our friend Ted (who is only going away for 5 months, but a party is still necessary).

    Ted Hogarth – saxophones
    Matthew Fries – electric piano
    Gordon Lewis – bass
    Madison George – drums

  • Sun
    15
    Apr
    2018

    with Steve Laspina & Ron Affif

    12:30-3:30pm

    Cafe Loup
    105 W 13th St (at 6th Ave)
    New York, NY 10011
    (212) 255-4746

    Yummy French food and jazz. What goes better with jazz than ratatouille?

    Steve LaSpina – bass
    Ron Affif – guitar
    Matthew Fries – piano

  • Mon
    16
    Apr
    2018

    MF Trio with Phil Palombi & Paul Wells

    6-10pm

    Hillstone
    E54th & 3rd Ave
    NYC

    Hillstone logoI’ve been playing on the Steinway B tucked in the corner of the lively bar in this steak-n-ribs joint with some fantastic musicians 2-3 times a week since 2002! No cover charge and the food is delicious. Come for the music. Stay for the spinach and artichoke dip!

  • Tue
    17
    Apr
    2018
    Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018

    with Curtis Stigers

    Birdland Jazz Club
    315 West 44th Street
    NYC

    Curtis StigersCurtis Stigers – vocals/sax
    Matthew Fries – piano
    John Scrapper Sneider – trumpet
    Paul Gill – bass
    Paul Wells – drums

  • Sun
    22
    Apr
    2018

    with Steve Laspina & Ron Affif

    12:30-3:30pm

    Cafe Loup
    105 W 13th St (at 6th Ave)
    New York, NY 10011
    (212) 255-4746

    Yummy French food and jazz. What goes better with jazz than ratatouille?

    Steve LaSpina – bass
    Ron Affif – guitar
    Matthew Fries – piano

  • Tue
    24
    Apr
    2018

    with Yakiv Tvietinskyi & Gordon Lewis

    7:30-9:30

    O'Duffy's Pub
    Kalamazoo, MI

    A casual night of music at my local watering hole. I’ll be playing some fun tunes with a couple of my favorite local musicians who both happen to be moving away in a few weeks. Possibly your last chance to hear these guys.

    Yakiv Tvietinskyi – trumpet
    Gordon Lewis – bass
    Matthew Fries – electric piano

  • Thu
    26
    Apr
    2018

    Trumpet Summit

    7-10pm

    The Union Cabaret & Grille
    Kalamazoo, MI

    I’ll be playing piano while three trumpet players battle it out on stage:

    Yakiv Tvietinskyi – trumpet
    Benje Daneman – trumpet
    Scott Cowan – trumpet

  • Fri
    27
    Apr
    2018
  • Fri
    27
    Apr
    2018
    Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018

    with Lana Hoffman

    6:30

    The Wine Loft
    Kalamazoo, MI

  • Thu
    03
    May
    2018
  • Sun
    03
    Jun
    2018

    with Nick Finzer

    7pm

    Kalamazoo Piano Company
    310 N Rose St
    Kalamazoo

    JCI Presents Nick Finzer “No Arrival” Tour at Kalamazoo Piano Co.

  • Thu
    07
    Jun
    2018

    MF Trio with Matt Clohesy & Paul Wells

    6-10pm

    Hillstone
    E54th & 3rd Ave
    NYC

    Hillstone logoI’ve been playing on the Steinway B tucked in the corner of the lively bar in this steak-n-ribs joint with some fantastic musicians 2-3 times a week since 2002! No cover charge and the food is delicious. Come for the music. Stay for the spinach and artichoke dip!

  • Fri
    08
    Jun
    2018
    Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018

    Duo with Phil Palombi

    9pm-1am

    Knickerbocker Bar & Grill
    33 University Place
    NYC

    Knickerbocker

    Call for dinner reservations: 212 228 8490

     

  • Sun
    10
    Jun
    2018

    with Steve Laspina & Ron Affif

    12:30-3:30pm

    Cafe Loup
    105 W 13th St (at 6th Ave)
    New York, NY 10011
    (212) 255-4746

    Yummy French food and jazz. What goes better with jazz than ratatouille?

    Steve LaSpina – bass
    Ron Affif – guitar
    Matthew Fries – piano

  • Mon
    11
    Jun
    2018

    MF Trio

    6-10pm

    Hillstone
    E54th & 3rd Ave
    NYC

    Hillstone logoI’ve been playing on the Steinway B tucked in the corner of the lively bar in this steak-n-ribs joint with some fantastic musicians 2-3 times a week since 2002! No cover charge and the food is delicious. Come for the music. Stay for the spinach and artichoke dip!

  • Thu
    14
    Jun
    2018

    TRI-FI in Kalamazoo

    7-10pm

    The Union Cabaret & Grille
    Kalamazoo Mall
    Kalamazoo, MI

    TRI-FI Staring into the Sun cover photoJoin us for some fun at this great venue in downtown Kalamazoo.

    Matthew Fries – piano
    Phil Palombi – bass
    Keith Hall – drums

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018

    Live Duo Recording with Phil Palombi

    6 & 8pm

    Overneath Creative Collective
    215 S Kalamazoo Mall
    Kalamazoo, MI 49007

    Join us for this fun performance/recording in an intimate listening space. We’ll be playing 2 sets of duo tunes, snacking on wine and cheese, and audio/video recording the whole thing. Come be a part of it.

    2 shows at 6pm & 8pm
    $17 adults / $12 students

    Tickets available: https://kbrspring2018.brownpapertickets.com

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018

    After Hours with Steven Perry All-star Quartet

    10pm-1am

    Rupert's Brew House
    773 W Michigan Ave
    Kalamazoo

    I’ve known Steven Perry since he was a youngster at the Keith Hall Summer Drum Intensive. Now he’s a graduate student at Temple U in Philadelphia. He’s back in town to play with some of us for this late-night, after-hours show. Come by for music, pizza, and beer (or homemade kombucha if you prefer).

    Andrew Rathbun – sax
    Matthew Fries – electric piano
    Phil Palombi – bass
    Steven Perry – drums

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018

    TRI-FI in Kalamazoo

    7-10pm

    Potter's Lounge
    Kalamazoo, MI

    TRI-FI Staring into the Sun cover photoJoin us for some fun at this great venue in Kalamazoo.

    Matthew Fries – electric piano
    Phil Palombi – bass
    Keith Hall – drums

  • Thu
    05
    Jul
    2018

    with The Sam Pilnick Project

    7-10pm

    The Union Cabaret & Grille
    Kalamazoo, MI

    Sam Pilnick – saxophone and tunes
    Matthew Fries – piano
    Mike Horrigan – bass
    Ethan Bouwsma – drums

  • Wed
    11
    Jul
    2018

    MF Trio

    7pm

    Hufnagle Park Summer Music Series
    Lewisburg, PA

    Matthew Fries – electric piano
    Steve LaSpina – bass
    Keith Hall – drums

  • Thu
    12
    Jul
    2018

    MF Trio

    6:30pm

    Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts
    Sidney Friedman Park
    241 South Fraser Street
    State College, PA

    Matthew Fries – electric piano
    Steve LaSpina – bass
    Keith Hall – drums

  • Fri
    27
    Jul
    2018

    with Curtis Stigers

    Festival da Jazz
    St. Moritz, Switzerland

    Curtis StigersCurtis Stigers – vocals/sax
    Matthew Fries – piano
    Cliff Schmitt – bass
    Paul Wells – drums

  • Sun
    29
    Jul
    2018

    with Curtis Stigers

    Heineken Jazzaldia
    San Sebastian, Spain

    Curtis StigersCurtis Stigers – vocals/sax
    Matthew Fries – piano
    Cliff Schmitt – bass
    Paul Wells – drums

  • Thu
    16
    Aug
    2018

    with Jimmy Bennington Colour & Sound

    7pm

    The Union Cabaret & Grille
    Kalamazoo, MI

    Jimmy Bennington – drums
    Matthew Fries – electric piano
    Ben Schmidt-Swartz – saxophone

  • Thu
    23
    Aug
    2018
  • Thu
    30
    Aug
    2018

    Western Michigan University Jazz Faculty

    8pm

    The Union Cabaret & Grille
    Kalamazoo, MI

    A performance with the jazz faculty at Western Michigan University: Andrew Rathbun, Scott Cowan, Greg Jasperse, Tom Knific, Matthew Fries & Keith Hall.

  • Thu
    06
    Sep
    2018

    WMU Jams

    7pm

    The Union Cabaret & Grille
    Kalamazoo, MI

    Open jam session for Western Michigan University faculty and students. Bring your axe and join the fun.

    Matthew Fries – piano
    Tom Knific – bass
    Keith Hall – drums

  • Sat
    29
    Sep
    2018

    Judging for APA Jazz Piano Competition

    6pm

    The Jazz Kitchen
    Indianapolis, IN

    Five finalists vie for the world’s hottest prize in jazz: the American Pianists Awards Cole Porter Fellowship, worth over $100,000.

    Tickets and information

  • Wed
    03
    Oct
    2018

    TRI-FI in Kalamazoo

    8pm

    Bullock Performance Institute Series
    Dalton Center Recital Hall
    Western Michigan University
    Kalamazoo, MI

    TRI-FI Staring into the Sun cover photo

    Matthew Fries – piano
    Phil Palombi – bass
    Keith Hall – drums

  • Sat
    03
    Nov
    2018

    Judging for APA Jazz Piano Competition

    6pm

    The Jazz Kitchen
    Indianapolis, IN

    Five finalists vie for the world’s hottest prize in jazz: the American Pianists Awards Cole Porter Fellowship, worth over $100,000.

    Tickets and information

  • Thu
    08
    Nov
    2018

    WMU Jams

    7pm

    The Union Cabaret & Grille
    Kalamazoo, MI

    Open jam session for Western Michigan University faculty and students. Bring your axe and join the fun.

    Matthew Fries – piano
    Tom Knific – bass
    Keith Hall – drums

  • Tue
    20
    Nov
    2018

    with Keith Hall & Andrew Rathbun

    7:30-9:30

    O'Duffy's Pub
    Kalamazoo, MI

    A casual night of music at my local watering hole.

    Andrew Rathbun – saxophone
    Keith Hall – drum stuff
    Matthew Fries – electric piano

  • Sun
    25
    Nov
    2018

    with Steve Laspina & Ron Affif

    12:30-3:30pm

    Cafe Loup
    105 W 13th St (at 6th Ave)
    New York, NY 10011
    (212) 255-4746

    Yummy French food and jazz. What goes better with jazz than ratatouille?

    Steve LaSpina – bass
    Ron Affif – guitar
    Matthew Fries – piano

  • Mon
    26
    Nov
    2018

    MF Trio with Phil Palombi & Joe Strasser

    6-10pm

    Hillstone
    E54th & 3rd Ave
    NYC

    Hillstone logoI’ve been playing on the Steinway B tucked in the corner of the lively bar in this steak-n-ribs joint with some fantastic musicians 2-3 times a week since 2002! No cover charge and the food is delicious. Come for the music. Stay for the spinach and artichoke dip!

  • Tue
    27
    Nov
    2018
    Fri
    30
    Nov
    2018

    with Curtis Stigers

    Birdland
    New York, NY

    Curtis StigersCurtis Stigers – vocals/sax
    Matthew Fries – piano
    Cliff Schmitt – bass
    Paul Wells – drums

  • Sat
    01
    Dec
    2018

    Judging for APA Jazz Piano Competition

    6pm

    The Jazz Kitchen
    Indianapolis, IN

    Five finalists vie for the world’s hottest prize in jazz: the American Pianists Awards Cole Porter Fellowship, worth over $100,000.

    Tickets and information

  • Tue
    04
    Dec
    2018

    with Ted Hogarth

    7:30-9:30

    O'Duffy's Pub
    Kalamazoo, MI

    A casual night of music at my local watering hole.

    Ted Hogarth – saxophone
    Matthew Fries – electric piano

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