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Dana Hall Coming to Jazz in the Crawlspace

I’m very excited that we’re bringing in the dynamic drummer Dana Hall for a concert in our jazz club theater here in Kalamazoo. He is a renowned drummer, percussionist, composer, bandleader, ethnomusicologist, and educator. This should be an exciting, swinging set of music and continues the Jazz in the Crawlspace concert series that I’ve been helping to […]

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Album Release Show in Kalamazoo – Oct 13th

I’ll be celebrating the release of my new album with a concert at the home of our Jazz in the Crawlspace series. We’ll be performing music from the recording and generally having a great time with all of you, so you should really be there! :-) Thursday, October 13th @ 7:30pm Crawlspace Comedy Theatre315 W […]

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Second Single Released – Lost Time

The title track of my new album is now available – streaming on Spotify and Apple Music. I hope you’ll check it out, save it to your library, and maybe even add me as an artist so you’ll be ready when the rest of the album comes out. I’m so excited about this project. I […]

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Jazz in the Crawlspace is back with guitarist Bobby Broom

I’m excited to be a part of the team bringing world-class jazz to my hometown in southwest Michigan, and our concert series is back with the first of our fall performances. The amazing guitarist Bobby Broom will be in Kalamazoo to perform in our jazz-club style venue. Harlem Born, New York City raised, Bobby Broom […]

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LOST TIME – New Album Coming in September

I’m excited to announce that I’ll have a new trio record coming out on September 23, 2022. It includes new music I’ve written over the last year or so, and features some beautiful and inspiring playing by Keith Hall and John Hébert. Lost Time MATTHEW FRIES – pianoJOHN HÉBERT – bassKEITH HALL – drums Scheduled […]

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TRI-FI at the Gilmore Piano Festival

We’re getting the band back together! It’s been a few years since I’ve gotten to perform with my trio TRI-FI and we’re looking forward to revisiting our original piano trio music for a couple concerts as part of the Gilmore Piano Festival. We’ll be pulling tunes from all of our albums that we’ve recorded over […]

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Jazz in the Crawlspace Presents Janis Siegel

We’re continuing our jazz series with the great vocalist Janis Siegel from The Manhattan Transfer. This will be another fantastic show, I’m so excited to be playing with her and am even more excited to be part of the team bringing her to Kalamazoo for this performance. Janis Siegel, a nine-time Grammy winner and a […]

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Jazz in the Crawlspace presents Steve Wilson

I’m excited to be part of a team that has started a new jazz series here in my hometown of Kalamazoo, MI. Our plan is to bring in some word-class jazz artists to perform in an intimate “jazz club style” venue. First up in our series is the amazing saxophonist Steve Wilson. March 31st @ […]

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New Curtis Stigers Album – THIS LIFE

I’ve been playing with Curtis Stigers for 20 years now! I’ve been all over the world with him and there are many musical stories that developed over the years (plus a few really bad running jokes…). On This Life he decided to document the new versions of his old songs that we’ve been playing in […]

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