Matt Dwonszyk is an accomplished bassist, composer, arranger and educator from Rocky Hill, CT. He graduated from the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz studying under his mentor and world-renowned bassist, Nat Reeves and then went on to receive his Masters degree from SUNY Purchase College. After living in New York City for 5 years, Dwonszyk returned back home to Connecticut during the 2020 pandemic. In 2023, Dwonszyk moved back to Astoria, NY and performs frequently throughout New England, splitting his time between performing and teaching.
Throughout his career, Dwonszyk has performed and recorded with numerous contemporaries as well as legendary jazz artists including Steve Davis, Bennie Wallace, Harold Mabern, Larry Willis, George Cables, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Jazzmeia Horn, Joey Alexander among many others. He currently plays bass with Jonathan Barber and Vision Ahead, The Jon Davis Trio, Julieta Eugenio Trio and the Sarah Hanahan Quartet.
In 2019, he toured through Canada with the Oleg Butman Trio and in 2022 with Jonathan Barber and Vision Ahead through the West Coast of the U.S. Dwonszyk’s last tour was in October of 2022 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He frequently performs at some of the top jazz clubs in New York City including Smalls Jazz Club, Mezzrow, Ornithology, Dizzy's Coca Cola Club, Smoke and The Blue Note.
Since 2019, Dwonszyk has been a faculty member of Manchester Community College and Central Connecticut State College teaching jazz bass and jazz history. In the summer, he teaches at Bennie Wallace’s Back Country Jazz Program and Litchfield Jazz Camp.
In 2022, with the Julieta Eugenio Trio, Dwonszyk won the 2022 DC JazzPrix Competition at the Washington, DC Jazz Festival.
Dwonszyk's debut recording, "Wonderful World", was released May of 2019 featuring world-class trombonist Steve Davis. His second album, "A Year and a Day", was released July 1st, 2022 featuring Dwonszyk’s band, the Dwonztet.
In 2023, the Dwonztet played at the Hartford Baby Grand Jazz Series, The Northampton Jazz Strut, Smalls Jazz Club, The Side Door Jazz Club and the Poli Club. In 2024, the Dwonztet is scheduled to play the Hartford Jazz Festival and the Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival.
Release Date: July 1st, 2022
Shenel Johns- Vocals
Ghazi Omair- Spoken Word
Andrew Renfroe- Guitar
Kris Allen- Saxophone
Taber Gable- Fender Rhodes
Jonathan Barber- Drums
Matt Dwonszyk- Bass
Up Coming Performances
02/01/2024 6p.m/ Goza Latin Trio/ Cotton Hollow Tavern/ Glastonbury, CT
02/03/2024 9 p.m/ Miho Sasaki Duo/ Knickerbocker/ New York, NY
02/04/2024 6:30p.m/ Alex Minasian Quartet/ Django/ New York, NY
02/06/2024 7 p.m/ Ben Simmons Quartet/ Cafe 9/ New Haven, CT
02/08/2024 7p.m/Tony Davis Duo/ Terre/ Brooklyn, NY
02/09/2024 7p.m/ Godwin Louis Sextet/ Dizzy's Coca Cola Club/ New York, NY
02/10/2024 2p.m/ Evan Wood Trio/ Altruist Brewery/Sturbridge, MA
02/11/2024 10a.m/Jodette Bentley Trio/ Hartford Baking Company/ West Hartford, CT
02/14/2024 7p.m/ Ed Fast Trio/ The Port of Call/ Mystic, CT
02/16/2024 10:30p.m/Jon Davis Trio/ Mezzrow/ New York, NY
02/17/2024 9 p.m .Evan Wood Quartet/ Fiction/ Brooklyn, NY
02/18/2024 10 am/ Scot Rosen Trio/ Hartford Baking Company/ West Hartford, CT
02/18/2024 2p.m/Austin Phillips Trio/ Labyrinth Brewery/ Manchester, CT
02/21/2024 6p.m/Jon Davis Trio/ Ornithology/ Brooklyn, NY
02/21/2024 9p.m/Matt Knoegel Quintet/ Ornithology/ Brooklyn, NY
02/23/2024 5p. m/ Evan Wood Quartet/ Torrington, CT
02/28/2024 7p.m/ Yunie Mojica Quintet/ Brooklyn, NY
02/29/2024 7p.m/Tony Davis Duo/ Terre/ Brooklyn, NY
03/01/2024 6:30/Nick Dimaria/ Ornithology/ Brooklyn, NY
03/05/2024 7:30/Julieta Eugenio Trio/ Smalls/ New York, NY
03/07/2024 7:30/Mark Zaleski/ Regatta Bar/ Boston, MA
Live At the Side Door
Live At the Artist Collective