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A Rhapsody of Gershwin
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 04:50 pm EDT 03/10/19

MATT BAKER
A Rhapsody of Gershwin
MONDAY, MARCH 18th at 7:00 pm
BIRDLAND

Jazz pianist Matt Baker returns to the Birdland stage (315 West 44th Street NYC 10036) with the world premier of a BRAND NEW project: A Rhapsody of Gershwin on Monday, March 18th at 7:00 pm. This show presents a whole new spin on the music one of America’s most celebrated composers, with an all-star lineup from the heart of New York’s jazz scene. Joining Matt Baker – Piano; are Endea Owens - double bass; Curtis Nowosad – drums; Alex Goodman – guitar; and special guests: Benny Benack III – trumpet & voice; and Grammy® nominated vocalist Nicole Zuraitis.

This is Gershwin, like you’ve never heard it. Comprising music from Crazy for You, Porgy and Bess and An American in Paris, plus other exciting gems from the classical and popular worlds of George Gershwin, including the haunting Concerto in F! The cover for the show is only $30 with a $10 food / drink minimum. The doors will open at 5:00 pm. The Birdland phone number is (212) 581-3080. Reservations should be made on line at https://www.birdlandjazz.com/attraction/matt+baker/

Australian born Jazz Pianist Matt Baker has performed jazz festivals, clubs and concert halls in Australia, Europe, USA and the Pacific Rim. As of 2010, he is now proud to call New York City his home. In 2017 he released his latest DVD album “Live at Birdland”. Baker recorded his 5th album Almost Blue (via JazzElm Music), released in June 2016. His previous album ‘Underground’ received rave reviews in Downbeat, Jazz Times and Jazz Wise UK, and reached #26 on the US JazzWeek charts.

Matt Baker’s sideman credits include touring and performing with vocalists Ann Hampton Callaway, Jennifer Holliday, Patti LaBelle, Veronica Swift (2015 Monk competition winner), Tierney Sutton, Arianna Neikrug (2015 Sarah Vaughan competition winner) and Judy Collins, as well as guitar icon Bucky Pizzarelli, tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm. Matt Baker was an award winner in the 2003 Montreux International Solo Jazz Piano competition and a semi-finalist in 2004 and 2005. The Montreux Jazz Festival also engaged the Matt Baker Trio as its exclusive in-house band for 2 years, where they performed 17 nights in the Montreux Festival Jazz Club, accompanying and supporting many of the headlining artists. Performances and more information: www.mattbaker.com.au

Additional information on the creation of the production for this exciting new show can be seen at https://igg.me/at/aRhapsodyOfGershwin
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