Jazz Bassist

Jazz Bassist, Recording Artist, Arranger


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Princeton University Lecturer of Music,
Bass and Small Ensemble Director.
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Princeton University Lecturer of Music,
Bass and Small Ensemble Director.
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Princeton University Lecturer of Music,
Bass and Small Ensemble Director.

Matthew's next performance


Saturday, May 12th, 2018 8pm

Houston Person

Baltimore, MD
Caton Castle
Houston Person - Sax
Matthew Parrish - Bass
Lafayette Harris - Piano
Vince Ector - Drums

Thursday, May 17th, 2018 7:30 pm

Princeton University Ensemble X

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Princeton, NJ
Princeton University
Matthew Parrish - Director, Arranger, Bassist

The Princeton University Jazz 'Ensemble X', under the direction and arrangement of master bassist and music lecturer, Matthew Parrish, will be performing works that evoke the small group tradition of the Art Blakey groups of the 50’s and 60's where improvisation and musical interaction were paramount. While Art Blakey made a name for himself as a big band drummer, those later small group efforts, including the talents of Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Timmons, Curtis Fuller, Keith Jarrett, Woody Shaw, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison and Mulgrew Miller, brought a more intimate, free-flowing and artistic nature to varied compositions. Ensemble X seeks to channel that nature as they embrace the artistry of jazz performance with the ensemble.
The group performs as a septet with several featured trio performances. From the familiar "Someday My Prince Will Come", a popular song from Walt Disney's 1937 animated movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs[written by Larry Morey (lyrics) & Frank Churchill(music)] to the jazz- centric refrains of "Bohemia After Dark" (Oscar Pettiford), Ensemble X brings a youthful, inspired take to this jazz repertoire. Other specific works on the roster are: “Til Then” and “Herzog” (Bobby Hutcherson); “New Waltz” (Jim Hall); “Spain” (Chick Corea); “Anthropology” (Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie); and "Rhythm-a-Ning" Medley (Thelonious Monk).

Matthew's recent duo performance of "I Want To Be Happy" with Vocalist Michelle Lordi

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Matthew's recent duo performance of
"I Want To Be Happy"
with Vocalist Michelle Lordi

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Matthew's Debut Jazz Album Release - Matthew Parrish "Circles"

"Ben" from Matthew's C.D. Circles
Matthew's Debut Jazz Album Release - Matthew Parrish "Circles"

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New October 2017 Jazz Album Release - Houston Person "Rain or Shine" Featuring Matthew Parrish on Bass

"132nd and Madison" from Houston Person's Rain or Shine
New October 2017 Jazz Album Release - Houston Person "Rain or Shine" Featuring Matthew Parrish on Bass