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Matt Penman Jazz Quintet

10 Feb

Don't miss this concert by an outstanding quintet of New Zealand's finest jazz musicians, led by internationally renowned bass player Matt Penman

Presented by: Waikato University

Don’t miss this concert by an outstanding quintet of New Zealand’s finest jazz musicians, led by internationally renowned bass player Matt Penman. Matt has been residing in New York since 1995 and the musicians he has performed and recorded with reads like an encyclopaedia of the World’s Jazz Greats. He spent 14 years as a member of the SFJazz Collective, an ensemble of world-leading players and composers in which he toured and recorded with people such as Bobby Hutcherson, Joshua Redman, Joe Lovano, Miguel Zenon, Eric Harland, Nicholas Payton, Rene Rosnes and others.

Matt spent more than a year touring with jazz fusion legend John Scofield, and has also performed with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Madeleine Peyroux, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Seamus Blake, Billy Childs, Ari Hoenig and many, many more. He appears as a bass player on more than 140 albums, including the Grammy nominated album “Soulcall” by Nnenna Freelon, and his own albums, “The Unquiet (2001), “Catch of the Day” (2008) and “Good Question” (2018). As an educator, he has been on the faculties of the San Francisco Conservatory, The Brubeck Institute, the Banff Workshop for Creative and Improvised Music and teaches at the Siena International Summer Jazz Workshop every year.

Performing in the quintet with Matt will be his regular Kiwi collaborators when he travels down under:

  • Roger Manins – Tenor Sax (‘an outstandingly gifted musician with a warmly passionate sound, remarkable instrumental ability and total musical integrity’ – Mike Nock)
  • Dixon Nacey – Guitar (Winner of the TUI  award for Best NZ Jazz Artist 2020 with his album ‘The Edge of Chaos” )
  • Kevin Field – Piano (‘Kevin Field is a very expressive pianist and won the audience over with his virtuosic solo’ – London Jazz News – Ronnie Scott’s Performance)
  • Stephen Thomas – Drums (One of the most in-demand drummers in NZ – Nathan Haines, Jonathan Crayford, Rodger Fox Big Band, Auckland Jazz Orchestra, Hollie Smith) 

Tickets: Adult: $45.50 / Child 15 and under: $35.50 / Senior (65+): $35.50

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10 Feb


Playhouse Theatre, GAPA - Waikato University (Gate 1)
Knighton Road

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