Matthew Garrison was born June 2, 1970 in New York. Here he spent the first eight years of his life immersed in a community of musicians, dancers, visual artists and poets. After the death of his father Jimmy Garrison (John Coltrane’s bassist), his family relocated to Rome, Italy where he began to study piano and bass guitar. In 1988 Matthew returned to the United States and lived with his godfather Jack Dejohnette for two years. Here he studied intensively with both Dejohnette and bassist Dave Holland.
In 1989 Matthew received a full scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. Here he began his professional career with the likes of Gary Burton, Bob Moses, Betty Carter, Mike Gibbs and Lyle Mays to mention a few. Matthew moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1994 and has performed and recorded with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Meshell Ndege Ocello, Joni Mitchell, Jack Dejohnette, Steve Coleman, Cassandra Wilson, Wallace Roney, Pat Metheny, Geri Allen, Gary Thomas, John Mclaughlin, The Gil Evans Orchestra, Tito Puente, John Scofield, Chaka Khan, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, The Saturday Night Live Band and many others.
In 1998 Matthew founded GarrisonJazz Productions through which he currently Produces, Promotes and Markets his music. The latest projects are Shapeshifter Live 2010 - Part 1, Matthew Garrison Solo, and GarrisonJazz Productions Music Center a website which provides a modern approach to music education.
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Recalling Jaco and his legion of fretless followers, Garrison has
remained the original, too busy forging ahead to look back at the
pack... He has continued to experiment with and expand his
composing and bass chops, as well as his quest to combine
those elements with cutting-edge, computer-driven technology.
Best of all, the pursuit has given him perspective.
by Chris Jisi, Bass Player Magazine cover story, Oct 2010 issue