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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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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Virtual Duo Concert with John Hébert

I’ve been asked to play another online concert as part of the series run by the Global Music Foundation. 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 fans. 

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Virtually Gilmore Concert – LIVESTREAM

Any opportunity to perform for the Gilmore Keyboard Festival is absolutely wonderful. But after a few months of playing almost no music during this pandemic lockdown, holy cow I couldn’t be more thrilled at the chance to hop on their amazing Steinway concert grand and perform a set of original trio tunes with a couple […]

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Whatchu been doing during lockdown?

I’ve been using some of my forced free time to explore some new skills. I’ve been playing with music production software, and in this project I sampled a bunch of sounds from my kitchen – banged on cups, opened drawers, shook spice bottles, slammed refrigerators – dumped them into Ableton, added a lead and bass […]

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