Born: September 24, 1968 Primary Instrument: Piano
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)....
Awards:Winner - 1997 Great American Jazz Piano Competition
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)