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Matthew Stevens

Born: January 8, 1982    Primary Instrument: Guitar

Matthew Stevens

One of the brightest guitarists of his generation, Matthew Stevens will soon be releasing his debut album. Over the past decade he has recorded and performed with some of contemporary music’s finest musicians, including Christian Scott, Victor Bailey, Jason Moran, Rodney Holmes, Ben Williams, Jeff Lorber, Aaron Parks, Jacky Terrasson, Esperanza Spalding, Walter Smith, Gerald Clayton and Dr. Lonnie Smith. Stevens’ playing has been applauded in publications worldwide, including The New York Times, Downbeat, Jazz Times, Billboard Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and All About Jazz. He has toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, South Africa, and South America, performing at some of the best national and international jazz festivals including Montreux, North Sea, Newport, Montreal, Monterey, Fujitsu, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage, and at renowned venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, The Kennedy Center, The Blue Note clubs in New York, Tokyo and Milan, and The Moscow International Music House...
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Guitarist Matthew Stevens is utterly in the now.. - The Prague Post

Stevens weaves rectangular guitar mazes both melodic and modern at the same time. - NPR

A young player already smart enough to use his chops selectively, with purpose. - JAZZ TIMES

He (Stevens) may be cerebral in the clear consideration going into every note, every chord; but, with an impassioned sense of commitment, his solos built with a burning combination of inevitability and sheer unpredictability.
 - John Kelman, All About Jazz

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