Performance 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!

2019

  • Sat
    26
    Jan
    2019

    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
    29
    Jan
    2019

    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

  • Thu
    07
    Feb
    2019

    with Scott Cowan

    7pm

    The Union Cabaret & Grille
    Kalamazoo, MI

    A performance of music by my colleague at Western Michigan University: Scott Cowan – trumpet
    Matthew Fries – piano
    Keith Hall – drums

  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019

    Gilmore KeysFest

    Kalamazoo, MI

    Visit the Gilmore Website for more information:
    https://www.thegilmore.org/keysfest

  • Sat
    23
    Feb
    2019

    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
    14
    Mar
    2019

    with Mike Rodriguez

    7pm

    The Union Cabaret & Grille
    Kalamazoo, MI

    A performance with visiting guest artist, Mike Rodriguez.

  • Fri
    15
    Mar
    2019

    with Mike Rodriguez

    5pm

    WMU Trumpet Day
    Dalton Center
    Western Michigan University
    Kalamazoo, MI

    A performance with visiting guest artist, Mike Rodriguez.

  • Thu
    21
    Mar
    2019

    MF Quartet

    7pm

    The Union Cabaret & Grille
    Kalamazoo, MI

    Matthew Fries – piano
    Scott Cowan – trumpet
    Andrew Peck – bass
    Keith Hall – drums

  • Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019

    Double-piano Quartet with Rufus Ferguson

    7-8:15pm

    Jazz and Creative Institute
    310 North Rose Street
    Kalamazoo, MI

    JCI Presents

    The Jazz and Creative Institute is proud to present an intimate performance series featuring both emerging and established artists, titled JCI Presents. Our listening room environment provides attentive audiences for visiting/touring artists and the Kalamazoo area’s own thriving jazz artists. This series is free to the public with suggested donations.

    Rufus Ferguson – piano
    Matthew Fries – piano
    Stanley Ruvinov – bass
    Madison George – drums

  • Tue
    16
    Apr
    2019

    with Keith Hall & Andrew Rathbun

    7:30-10pm

    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
    28
    Apr
    2019
    Wed
    01
    May
    2019

    with Curtis Stigers

    Denmark Tour

    Curtis Stigers4/28: Posten in Odense
    4/29: Amager Bio in Copenhagen
    4/30: Amager Bio in Copenhagen
    5/1: Skive Theater in Skive

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

  • Thu
    02
    May
    2019

    Solo Piano Concert

    8pm

    Vinspecialisten Nyborg
    Nørregade 9
    5800 Nyborg
    +45 6531 0261
    facebook.com/vinspecialistennyborg

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019
    Sat
    11
    May
    2019

    Duo with Steve LaSpina

    9pm-1am

    Knickerbocker Bar & Grill
    33 University Place
    NYC

    Knickerbocker

    Call for dinner reservations: 212 228 8490

     

  • Mon
    13
    May
    2019

    MF Trio with Sam Weber & Jay Sawyer

    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
    16
    May
    2019

    MF Trio with Peter Brendler & 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
    17
    May
    2019

    with Kelley Suttenfield: The Neil Young Project

    7pm

    The Bitter End
    147 Bleecker St
    New York City, NY

    CD preview show for Kelley’s Neil Young Project – classic Young tunes re-imagined for a jazz group.

    Kelley Suttenfield – voice
    Tosh Sheridan – guitar
    Matthew Fries – piano
    Phil Palombi – bass
    Eric Halvorson – drums
    Tom Valdez – cello

  • Mon
    20
    May
    2019

    MF Trio with Greg Ryan & 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!

  • Thu
    23
    May
    2019

    with Anton Schwartz Quintet

    7:30pm

    Regatta Bar
    Boston, MA

    Anton Schwartz (sax)
    Billy Buss (trumpet)
    Matthew Fries (piano)
    Greg Ryan (bass)
    Julian Miltenberger (drums)

  • Tue
    28
    May
    2019

    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

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019

    with Keith Hall & Andrew Rathbun

    7pm

    Liquid Note Brewing
    119 E Allegan St,
    Otsego, MI

    A night of jazz and free improvisation. I’ll be playing my Vintage Vibes through some fun effects pedals so you’ll need to be here to find out what happens… This is a special venue dedicated to live music, great beer and delicious food. A special night.

    Matthew Fries – electric piano + fx
    Andrew Rathbun – saxophone + fx
    Keith Hall – drums + toys

  • Tue
    11
    Jun
    2019

    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

  • Tue
    18
    Jun
    2019
    Sun
    23
    Jun
    2019

    with Curtis Stigers

    Ronnie Scotts
    London, UK

    Curtis StigersCurtis Stigers – vocals/sax
    Matthew Fries – piano
    John “Scrapper” Sneider – trumpet
    Cliff Schmitt – bass
    Paul Wells – drums

  • Mon
    24
    Jun
    2019
    Tue
    25
    Jun
    2019

    MF Trio with Cliff Schmitt & Paul Wells

    7pm

    Ronnie Scotts
    47 Frith Street
    London, UK

    Ronnie ScottsOpening for Archie Shepp

    Matthew Fries – piano
    Cliff Schmitt – bass
    Paul Wells – drums

  • Wed
    26
    Jun
    2019

    with Curtis Stigers

    St. Edmund's Festival
    Canterbury, England

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

    Freddie Gavita – trumpet

  • Fri
    28
    Jun
    2019

    with Curtis Stigers & Til Brönner

    Rheingau Musik Festival
    Schloss Johannisberg
    Geisenheim, Germany

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

    Til Brönner – trumpet/vocals

  • Tue
    16
    Jul
    2019

    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

  • Thu
    18
    Jul
    2019

    MF Trio

    7pm

    The Union Cabaret & Grille
    Kalamazoo, MI

    Matthew Fries – piano
    Paul Keller – bass
    Keith Hall – drums

     

  • Tue
    27
    Aug
    2019

    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

  • Thu
    12
    Sep
    2019

    Western Jazz Collective

    7-10pm

    The Union Cabaret & Grille
    Kalamazoo, MI

    The jazz faculty ensemble at Western Michigan University.

    Scott Cowan (trumpet), Andrew Rathbun (sax), Greg Jasperse (voice), Matthew Fries (piano), Matt Landon (guitar), John Hébert (bass) & Keith Hall (drums)

  • Fri
    13
    Sep
    2019
    Sat
    14
    Sep
    2019

    with Curtis Stigers

    Blue Note Napa
    Napa, CA

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

  • Tue
    17
    Sep
    2019

    with Ted Hogarth and John Hébert

    7:30-9:30

    O'Duffy's Pub
    Kalamazoo, MI

    A casual night of music at my local watering hole.

    Ted Horgarth – saxophone
    Matthew Fries – electric piano
    John Hébert – bass

  • Fri
    20
    Sep
    2019
    Sun
    22
    Sep
    2019

    with Curtis Stigers

    Germany Tour

    9/20 Viersen - Jazz Festival Viersen
    9/21 Herdecke - Werner-Richard-Saal
    9/22 Braunschweig - Kultur Im Zelt

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

  • Thu
    26
    Sep
    2019

    Diego Rivera Quartet

    7-10pm

    The Union Cabaret & Grille
    Kalamazoo, MI

    Diego RiveraThe Diego Rivera Quartet celebrates the release of his newest recording, “Connections.”

    Diego Rivera – sax
    Matthew Fries – piano
    Liany Mateo – bass
    Keith Hall – drums

  • Sat
    28
    Sep
    2019

    Guest Artist for Ball State Rhythm Section Day

    Ball State University
    Muncie, IN

  • Thu
    03
    Oct
    2019

    Dmitri Matheny Quartet

    7-10pm

    The Union Cabaret & Grille
    Kalamazoo, MI

  • Fri
    04
    Oct
    2019

    Western Jazz Collective

    Kerrytown Music Hall
    Ann Arbor, MI

    The jazz faculty ensemble at Western Michigan University.

    Scott Cowan (trumpet), Andrew Rathbun (sax), Greg Jasperse (voice), Matthew Fries (piano), Matt Landon (guitar), John Hébert (bass) & Keith Hall (drums)

  • Thu
    10
    Oct
    2019

    Guest Artist with WMU Gold Company

    8pm

    Dalton Center
    Western Michigan University
    Kalamazoo, MI

    A concert with WMU’s award-winning vocal jazz ensemble.

  • Wed
    16
    Oct
    2019

    TRIO with Steve LaSpina & Keith Hall

    8 & 9:30pm

    Mezzrow
    163 W 10th St
    New York, NY
    646-476-4346

    Join us at this intimate basement listening room in the West Village.

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

  • Thu
    17
    Oct
    2019

    Steve LaSpina Group

    7:30pm

    Smalls Jazz Club
    183 W 10th St
    NYC

    Steve Laspina

    Steve LaSpina – bass
    Rich Perry – sax
    Matthew Fries – piano
    Jon Di Fiore – drums

  • Tue
    22
    Oct
    2019

    with Ben Schmidt-Swartz & Kazuki Takemura

    7:30-9:30

    O'Duffy's Pub
    Kalamazoo, MI

    A casual night of jazz music at my local watering hole.

    Ben Schmidt-Swartz – saxophone
    Matthew Fries – electric piano
    Kazuki Takemura – bass

  • Thu
    24
    Oct
    2019

    with John Patitucci and WMU Jazz Faculty

    7:30

    Dalton Center
    Western Michigan University
    Kalamazoo, MI

    Very special guest artist John Patitucci will be on campus to perform with the students and faculty in concert.

  • Sun
    03
    Nov
    2019

    with Curtis Stigers

    Jazztage Dresden
    Dresden, Germany

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

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