The Jazz Philanthropists Union presents…
Matt Renzi, reeds
Jeffrey Burr, guitar
John Wiitala, bass
Jon Arkin, drums
Multi-reedist Matt Renzi has been performing professionally for the past 20 years at international jazz festivals and music venues worldwide. For the past decade, he has been recognized multiple times by jazz organizations in Italy, Spain, Belgium, India and Israel as well as in the United States for his advanced concepts in spontaneous group composition and collective improvisation with The Matt Renzi Trio.
Matt holds a Bachelorâ€™s in Music (Performance) from the Berklee College of Music and Masterâ€™s in Arts (Classical Composition) from San Francisco State University. Some of his teachers include Joe Henderson and South Indian Vocalist R.A. Ramamani. He can be heard on a variety of recordings including the award winning â€œLines and Ballads” (Fresh Sound Records) as well as his latest release entitled â€œLunch Special” (Three Pâ€™s Records) which features his trio.
Matt has been leading his NY based trio for over 13 years now and continues to use this formation to push the limits of group improvisation and composition. He also leads another project, which combines contemporary classical composition techniques and spontaneous improvisation. As a sideman, Matt has performed and recorded with Marc Johnson, Michael Formanek, Eddie Marshall, Herbie Lewis, Ben Monder, Eberhard Weber, and Bobo Stenson.
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