From Austrailia/NYC! Dynamic Pianist & Vocalist Matt Baker & Trio makes his Cleveland Debut Live at Nighttown!
From Sweden/NYC! Brass Man Oskar Stenmark on Flugelhorn leads his NYC based Trio also for the first time in Cleveland at Nighttown.
Matt Baker-piano & vocals, Endea Owens – acoustic bass, Curtis Nowosad – drums
Oskar Stenmark-flugelhorn, Evan Gregor-acoustic bass, Billy Test-piano.
Australian born Jazz Pianist/Vocalist Matt Baker has performed at jazz festivals, clubs and concert halls in Australia, Europe, USA and the Pacific Rim. As of 2010, he is now proud to call New York City his home.
Baker recorded his 5th album Almost Blue (via JazzElm Music), with producer Matt Pierson, released in June 2016. The album features tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, along with Luques Curtis on bass, Obed Calvaire on drums and guitarist Lage Lund. His previous album ‘Underground’ featuring Gregory Hutchinson, Dayna Stephens and Jeremy Pelt received rave reviews in Downbeat, Jazz Times and Jazz Wise UK, and reached #26 on the US JazzWeek charts.
Matt's trio presents music from Baker’s new album “Almost Blue” - a "fully realized love letter to the place he longed to be a part of, a place he now calls home”, each song echoing a part of the album’s haunting narrative. Hard swinging piano and warm vocals – all presented in a program of classic jazz with an exciting contemporary edge.
Oskar Stenmark grew up in Gothenburg, Sweden. His family contains generations of professional musicians, so Oskar split his childhood between the Concert Hall and the local jazz club. He quickly developed a musical interest, and eventually picked up the trumpet. After a Bachelor’s degree in improvisation at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg, Oskar moved to New York to pursue his musical dreams. He has performed with stars such as James Morrison, Dave Liebman and the multiple GRAMMY award winner Maria Schneider Orchestra. In May 2016 Oskar got his Master of Music in Jazz Arts degree at the Manhattan School of Music and continues to develop his playing and artistic vision.
Leading his own trio, Oskar is exploring the traditional melodies he inherited from his ancestors in Sweden and fusing them together with the sounds of New York.