Matt Baker and the Trio, The Live at Birdland DVD release party with special guest Veronica Swift

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Matt Baker and the Trio, The Live at Birdland DVD release party with special guest Veronica Swift

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

$25.00

Off Sale

There is a $10.00 food or drink minimum per person. Dinner is served between 5pm-1am.

Matt Baker
Matt Baker
Matt Baker and the Trio, The Live at Birdland DVD release party with special guest Veronica Swift. Launching the brand new DVD "Matt Baker - Live at Birdland"


Matt Baker Piano
Endea Owens Bass
Darrian Douglas Drums
Veronica Swift Vocals


Australian born Jazz Pianist Matt Baker leads a powerful quartet with three of New York¹s finest young rising stars, double bassist Endea Owens, drummer Darrian Douglas and special guest vocalist Veronica Swift. The concert on DVD was filmed "Live" at the iconic BIRDLAND Jazz Club in New York City. On April 20th, Matt Baker and the Trio return to Birdland to launch the DVD, performing a program that includes some classic standards and original music from Matt, himself, plus some BRAND NEW music for the Trio together with Veronica - (including some of Matt's originals and arrangements with voice for the very first time!).

A hard swinging jazz piano trio with the virtuosic and heartfelt honesty of Veronica Swift's vocals ­ all presented in a program of classic jazz with an exciting contemporary edge. The DVD itself contains over 150mins of music and fun! - The 90+ min concert itself plus bonus behind the scenes extras, only available on DVD! There'll be a one time only special of 25% DVD's off on the night!!

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Australian born Jazz Pianist Matt Baker has performed jazz festivals, clubs and concert halls in Australia, Europe, USA and the Pacific Rim. As of 2010, he is now proud to call New York City his home.

Baker¹s previous album Almost Blue (via JazzElm Music), his 5th as a leader, was recorded with producer Matt Pierson and released in June 2016. The album features tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, along with Luques Curtis on bass, Obed Calvaire on drums and guitarist Lage Lund. He also recorded Underground in 2011 featuring Gregory Hutchinson, Dayna Stephens and Jeremy Pelt, which received rave reviews in Downbeat, Jazz Times and Jazz Wise UK, and reached #26 on the US JazzWeek charts.

Baker¹s sideman credits include engagements with, among others, guitar icon Bucky Pizzarelli, tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, bassists Endea Owens, Marco Panascia and James Cammack, drummers Darrian Douglas and Jerome Jennings and vocalists Veronica Swift, Alexis Cole, Tierney Sutton, Judy Collins and Barb Jungr. Baker has played numerous trio engagements that feature his own repertoire in diverse NYC rooms like Birdland, The Blue Note, Cleopatra¹s Needle, Gin Fizz, Iridium, Kitano, Bemelmans, Le Cirque, the Zinc Bar, as well as The Side Door in CT and Scullers Jazz Club in Boston.

Matt Baker was an award winner in the 2003 Montreux International Solo Jazz Piano competition and a semi-finalist in 2004 and 2005. The Montreux Jazz Festival also engaged the Matt Baker Trio as its exclusive in-house band for 2 years straight, where they performed 17 nights in the Montreux Festival Jazz Club, accompanying and supporting many of the headlining artists.

A student of Taylor Eigsti¹s since moving to New York, Matt watched Oscar Peterson perform live an entire week at the Blue Note, which he recounts as being as great a lesson as any! Baker has also studied with Mulgrew Miller, Benny Green, Fred Hersch, Aaron Goldberg, Jacky Terrasson, James Williams, Ralph Sutton and Ella Fitzgerald¹s life-long accompanist Paul Smith.
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"The Australian piano whiz.." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times, Oct 2014

"Baker has a playful approach to melody, particularly on the standards that he interprets with Joe Sanders and Gregory Hutchinson." - Shaun Brady, DOWNBEAT Magazine, March 2012

"Swings confidently ... full of clever re harmonizations and hip syncopation. The threesome demonstrates seamless group chemistry." - Bill Milkowski, JAZZ TIMES, April 2012

"Matt Baker is one of the most respected and versatile pianist-composers yet
to come out of Australia. Baker¹s playing sounds as though it belongs on
ECM. An exceptional pianist." - Tony Hall, JAZZ WISE UK, April 2012