BIOGRAPHY

Born in Hartford CT,
Matt Dwonszyk started playing the electric bass at age eleven. In high school, he picked up the double bass while attending the Greater Hartford Academy of Performing Arts. Soon after that, Matt started attending the Artist Collective after school program founded by the legendary Jazz Saxophonist/Composer Jackie McLean. He continued his collegiate studies at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz studying with world-renowned bassist Nat Reeves. He graduated and continued his studies at SUNY Purchase where he received a Masters in Music in 2015.

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With the SUNY Purchase Big Band, Matt performed at the Blue Note Jazz Club featuring Terrell Stafford and at Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club featuring Steve Turre. Matt can be seen playing at some of the top New York jazz clubs including Smalls, Smoke, Minton’s, Zinc Bar, among others. Matt has shared the bandstand with world renowned jazz musicians such as: Harold Mabern, Larry Willis, David Hazeltine, Anthony Wonsey, Rick Germanson, Hal Galper, Dave Kikoski, Donald Vega, Pete Malinverni, Steve Wilson, Abraham Burton, Javon Jackson, Gary Smulyan, Bill Saxton, Bennie Wallace, Wayne Escoffery, Mike Diruboo, Myron Walden, J.D. Allen, John Farnsworth, Steve Davis, Steve Turre, Joe Farnsworth, Carl Allen, Winard Harper, Herlin Riley, Joe Strasser, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Joe Magnarelli, Jeremy Pelt, Jumaane Smith, Wallace Roney, Freddie Hendrix and Duane Eubanks.

 

Matt was awarded in Down Beat Magazine for his arrangement of “What A Wonderful World”. He was accepted into the 2015 Boysie Lowery Jazz Living Residency for his original compositions. Matt was musical director/arranger for South African vocalist Nonhlanhla Kheswa’s album “Meadowlands, Stolen Jazz” recorded live at Joe’s Pub. He frequently arranges for a variety of different artists and groups. Matt will be debuting his first record as a leader in the fall of 2017 featuring his original compositions and arrangements.

 

Matt performed at the JVC New York Jazz Festival, the Baikal Jazz Festival in Yakutsk, Siberia, the NYC Winter Jazz Festival, Litchfield Jazz Festival, Hartford Jazz Festival, New Haven Jazz Festival the Jazz & Colors Festival at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Hartford Arts Festival, Baby Grand Jazz Series, Mid Summer Festival and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Matt frequently performs in N.Y and throughout New England. 

"It has been my pleasure to work a great deal with Matt over the past few years not only in the classroom, but also on the bandstand with Ed Fast & Conga Bop, with pianist Don DePalma and vocalist Linda Ransom, and with my own quintet playing original compositions as well. Matt certainly has a very bright future. I am excited to hear where he and others of his generation take the music."

-Steve Davis

 "Deep, sincere, a fine musician, hard working ... valuable to know and work with: There is a decency to Matt that is palpable and this comes through in his music."

-Peter  McEachern

"It's hard for me to think of very many bass players anywhere whose solos I enjoy as much as Matt's; he has so much language ... You can hear a lot of history in the melodies he plays. You can hear evidence of a lot of listening to musical elders."

-Kris Allen

 "Laid back, very easy to work with, always ready to embrace a challenge ... Every time I hear him he has some new surprise up his sleeve ... It happens in his solos mainly. He'll play some stuff you don't expect to hear."

-Ben Bilello

"He helped me with my own compositions playing through things to see what would work and what wouldn't. He has such good input into what will sound good. We would play his originals as well and I was always blown away at how creative he could be ... Matt is so humble in a real way - not in some fake way."

-Jen Allen