The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that on Monday, June 8 at 7pm, Australian jazz pianist Matt Baker will perform Remembering Oscar: A Tribute with “The Personal Touch.” TICKETS: http://ticketf.ly/1bARqBd
The concert will showcase Baker’s interpretations of Jazz piano giant, Oscar Peterson’s, greatest work, celebrating his life, greatest hits, and some of his beautiful original compositions. Baker will also be playing some of his own work, paying homage to the legend who inspired him his whole life. The two met in 2002 at the Blue Note in NYC, which was the start of a friendship and mentorship that lasted until Peterson’s death in 2007. Jim Cammack will perform on bass, Jerome Jennings on drums, and there will be a Special Guest Vocalist Brianna Thomas. There will also be a special guest Q&A with Oscar’s daughter, Celine Peterson.
Australian Jazz Pianist Matt Baker has performed at jazz festivals, clubs and concert halls in Australia, Europe, USA and the Pacific. As of 2010, he is proud to call New York City his home. Aside from performing as a solo artist, he is fast becoming one of the most sought-after accompanists, sidemen and Musical Directors on the New York scene.
Matt has played engagements at Birdland, Le Cirque, Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle Hotel, 54 Below, Smalls Jazz Club, The Zinc Bar, The Iridium, The Kitano, and Rose Theater Jazz at Lincoln Centre, garnering him a special mention and key photo in the New York Times. He performs professionally with some of New York’s top musicians including Gregory Hutchinson, Hassan JJ Shakur, Marco Panascia, Jim Cammack, Jerome Jennings, Dayna Stephens, Tony Middleton, Christine Ebersole, Aaron Weinstein and The Artie Shaw Orchestra. Matt has also toured as Pianist and Musical Director for multi-platinum recording artist Patrizio Buanne, and in May 2015 is touring for the first time as Music Director with Grammy Award winning artist Judy Collins.
In March 2011, Baker recorded a new album in New York entitled ‘Underground’ featuring Gregory Hutchinson, Joe Sanders, Jeremy Pelt and Dayna Stephens. The album, which received positive reviews in Downbeat, Jazz Times and Jazz Wise UK, features a selection of brand new original work alongside some classic jazz standards, inspired from living the New York underground jazz scene: endless nights of clubs & jam sessions.
Matt Baker tied fifth place in the 2003 Montreux International Solo Jazz Piano competition and was a semi-finalist in 2004 and 2005. A student of Taylor Eigsti since moving to New York, Matt has also spent time watching piano legend Oscar Peterson perform, as well as studying with Mulgrew Miller, Benny Green, James Williams and Ella Fitzgerald’s life-long accompanist Paul Smith. He has performed privately for Quincy Jones and played in support of jazz legends Tony Bennett and Al Jarreau. Matt has now four albums as a leader.