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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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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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