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, Dwonszyk returned back home to Connecticut due to the 2020 pandemic. He still performs frequently in New York, 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, Harold Mabern, Jazzmeia Horn, Bennie Wallace, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Herlin Riley among many others.
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 helped win 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 is scheduled to play the Hartford Jazz Festival, Baby Grand Jazz Festival, Northampton Jazz Strut, Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival and Smalls Jazz Club. See for more information.
Matt Dwonszyk "A Year and A Day"
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
04/09/2023 2-5 p.m/ Matt Dwonszyk Latin Project/ Hog River Brewery/ Hartford, CT/ Free
04/21/2023 6-9 p.m/ Matt Dwonszyk Trio/ Three Sheets/ New Haven, CT/ Free
04/30/2023 3-4 p.m/ The Dwonztet/ The Artist Collective/ Hartford, CT/ Free
05/24/2023 7:30 p.m/ The Dwonztet/ Smalls/ New York, NY/ $25
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