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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: September 24, 1968

Pianist, Matthew Fries, is making waves in the jazz world as both a soloist and accompanist. The winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, his debut album, Song for Today (TCB Music) was named a 2001 critics pick by Jazziz Magazine, and his recent work with his collaborative trio, Tri-Fi, “takes on the Jazz Trio challenge and delivers a 'knock out' punch” (Jazz Review). As a sideman his work has been described as “the best jazz accompaniment I've seen in a cabaret in years” (The New York Times), and “the crispest rhythm section imaginable” (The London Times)....
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”There are so many great young pianists playing today but not many with the feeling and intelligence of Matthew Fries. He posseses a great touch, great rhythm, and the ability to get inside any song he plays. He is always soulful whether playing the blues or one of his own compositions. He is a great composer and his playing reflects the past and future of jazz piano.” - Donald Brown, jazz pianist and former Jazz Messenger

“Matthew Fries is a bright young star in the galaxy of pianists who will lead us into the 21st century” - James Williams, jazz pianist and former Jazz Messenger

“The best jazz accompaniment I've seen in a cabaret in years.” - Stephen Holden, New York Times (review of Stacey Kent's performance at the Algonquin)

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