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!


2022

  • Sat
    08
    Jan
    2022

    MF Trio

    7:30pm

    GR Noir
    Grand Rapids, MI

    A new home for wine and jazz in Grand Rapids. Make a reservation and come listen! Limited seating.

  • Sun
    16
    Jan
    2022

    with Fred Knapp Trio

    11am-2pm

    Old Goat
    Grand Rapids, MI

  • Fri
    28
    Jan
    2022

    Nathan Borton CD Release Show

    7:30-9:30

    GRNoir Wine and Jazz
    Grand Rapids, MI

    Celebrating the release of Nathan Borton’s new CD “Each Step”

  • Fri
    11
    Feb
    2022

    Fred Knapp Group

    Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts
    Ludington, MI

    Fred Knapp – drums
    Matthew Fries – piano
    Michael Dease – trombone
    Randy Napolean – guitar

  • Sun
    13
    Feb
    2022

    with Fred Knapp Trio

    11am-2pm

    Old Goat
    Grand Rapids, MI

  • Thu
    24
    Feb
    2022
    Sun
    27
    Feb
    2022

    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

  • Fri
    11
    Mar
    2022

    with Emily Braden

    7:30 & 9:30pm

    Winters Jazz Club
    Chicago, IL

    Emily BradenEmily Braden – vocals
    Matthew Fries – piano
    John Sims – bass
    Gregory Artry – drums

    Emily is just amazing and I am SUPER-stoked for this gig. She will blow you away with the power and soulfulness of her voice. If you’re in the Chicago area please don’t miss this.

     

     

  • Thu
    17
    Mar
    2022

    with Keith Hall Trio

    5-7:30

    WL Social House
    Kalamazoo, MI

    Matthew Fries – electric piano
    John Hébert – bass
    Keith Hall – drums

  • Fri
    18
    Mar
    2022

    with Michael Reed Trio

    7:30pm

    GR Noir
    Grand Rapids, MI

    A new home for wine and jazz in Grand Rapids. Make a reservation and come listen! Limited seating.

  • Thu
    31
    Mar
    2022

    with Steve Wilson Quartet

    7:30pm

    Jazz in the Crawlspace
    Crawlspace Theatre
    315 W Michigan Ave
    Kalamazoo, MI

    Join us in the Crawlspace Theater for a jazz-club style night of music with alto saxophonist Steve Wilson.

    Steve Wilson – sax
    Matthew Fries – piano
    John Hébert – bass
    Keith Hall – drums

  • Sun
    10
    Apr
    2022

    with Andrew Rathbun Quartet

    Cliff Bells
    Detroit, MI

    Andrew RathbunCool speakeasy-style spot for live music in downtown Detroit. 

    Andrew Rathbun – sax
    Matthew Fries – piano
    John Hébert – bass
    Keith Hall – drums

  • Sat
    16
    Apr
    2022

    MF Trio at GR Noir

    7:30pm

    GR Noir
    Grand Rapids, MI

    A new home for wine and jazz in Grand Rapids. Make a reservation and come listen! Limited seating.

    Matthew Fries – piano
    Rob Hartman – bass
    Fred Knapp – drums

  • Sun
    17
    Apr
    2022

    MF Trio

    11am-2pm

    Old Goat
    Grand Rapids, MI

    with Rob Hartman (bass) and Ethan Bouwsma (drums)

  • Wed
    20
    Apr
    2022

    with Janis Siegel

    7pm

    Blue Llama
    Ann Arbor, MI

    Janis Siegel – vocals
    Matthew Fries – piano
    John Hébert – bass
    Keith Hall – drums

  • Thu
    21
    Apr
    2022

    with Janis Siegel

    7:30pm

    Jazz in the Crawlspace
    Crawlspace Theatre
    315 W Michigan Ave
    Kalamazoo, MI

    Jazz in the Crawlspace series returns for a jazz-club style night of music with vocalist Janis Siegel.

    JANIS SIEGEL – vocals
    Matthew Fries – piano
    John Hébert – bass
    Keith Hall – drums

    This concert WILL sell out so get your tickets early. Limited seating.

  • Fri
    29
    Apr
    2022

    with Curtis Stigers

    Jimmy's Jazz and Blues Club
    Portsmouth, NH

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

  • Sun
    01
    May
    2022

    with Curtis Stigers supporting Van Morrison

    7pm

    Alpharetta, GA

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

  • Wed
    04
    May
    2022

    with Curtis Stigers

    Musical Instrument Museum
    Phoenix, AZ

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

  • Mon
    09
    May
    2022

    TRI-FI at Gilmore Piano Festival

    noon

    Gilmore International Piano Festival
    Kool Family Community Center
    Battle Creek, MI

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

     

  • Wed
    11
    May
    2022

    TRI-FI at Gilmore Piano Festival

    noon

    Gilmore International Piano Festival
    Civic Theatre
    Kalamazoo, MI

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

    Live AND streaming online

  • Wed
    18
    May
    2022
    Wed
    25
    May
    2022

    with Curtis Stigers

    5/18  Jazz TX - San Antonio
    5/19  Parker Jazz Club - Austin
    5/20-21  Dakota - Minneapolis, MN
    5/23  Boise, ID
    5/24-25 Jazz Alley - Seattle, WA

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

  • Sun
    29
    May
    2022

    with Fred Knapp Trio

    11am-2pm

    Old Goat
    Grand Rapids, MI

    A little local jazz brunch fun!

  • Tue
    21
    Jun
    2022
    Sat
    25
    Jun
    2022

    Keith Hall Summer Drum Intensive

    Western Michigan University
    Kalamazoo, MI

  • Wed
    13
    Jul
    2022
    Sun
    17
    Jul
    2022

    with Curtis Stigers

    7/13-14 - Ballycotton, Ireland
    7/16 - Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Scotland
    7/17 - Bürgerplatz, Leonberg, DE

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

  • Mon
    25
    Jul
    2022

    with New York Voices

    Iowa Music Educators Conference
    Pella, IA

  • Sun
    31
    Jul
    2022

    with Fred Knapp Trio

    11am-2pm

    Old Goat
    Grand Rapids, MI

    A little local jazz brunch fun!

  • Mon
    01
    Aug
    2022
    Sat
    06
    Aug
    2022
  • Sun
    14
    Aug
    2022

    with Fred Knapp Trio

    11am-2pm

    Old Goat
    Grand Rapids, MI

    A little local jazz brunch fun!

  • Thu
    18
    Aug
    2022
    Thu
    08
    Sep
    2022

    with Curtis Stigers

    8/18  Hamburg, DE
    8/19  Worms, DE
    8/21-24  Ronnie Scotts, London, UK
    8/26  Rye Jazz & Blues Festival UK
    8/28  Aalborg, DK
    8/30  Copenhagen, DK
    9/2  Braunschweig, DE
    9/4  Everswinkel, DE
    9/6  City Winery Loft, NYC (duo show)
    9/8  Philadelphia, PA (supporting Van Morrison)

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

  • Sat
    10
    Sep
    2022
    Sun
    11
    Sep
    2022

    with Andrew Rathbun, Keith Hall and Carlo De Rosa

    Cliff Bell's
    Detroit, MI

    Andrew Rathbun – sax
    Keith Hall – drums
    Matthew Fries – piano
    Carlo De Rosa – bass

  • Fri
    16
    Sep
    2022

    Matthew Fries Trio

    7:30pm

    GR Noir
    Grand Rapids, MI

    A new home for wine and jazz in Grand Rapids. Make a reservation and come listen! Limited seating.

    Rob Hartman – bass
    Fred Knapp – drums

  • Sat
    24
    Sep
    2022

    with Emily Braden

    7:30 & 9:30pm

    Winters Jazz Club
    Chicago, IL

    Emily BradenEmily is just amazing and I am SUPER-stoked for this gig. She will blow you away with the power and soulfulness of her voice. If you’re in the Chicago area please don’t miss this.

    Plus… it’s my birthday, so…

     

     

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