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).
Originally from Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, Matthew now lives and works in New York City. He tours internationally with singer, Curtis Stigers, as a regular member of his band and performs with a diverse lineup of artists that has included Stacey Kent, DeeDee Bridgewater, Vincent Herring, Steve Wilson, Dave Samuels, Claudio Roditi, Terell Stafford, and many others.
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)