Nilson Matta Trio At The Kitano In New York

The Kitano in New York presents Samba Meets Jazz with the Nilson Matta Trio on Friday, September 18th and Saturday, September 19th.

The trio features Nilson on bass with Bill Mays on piano and Alvester Garnett on drums. Nilson Matta has long been considered one of Brazil’s best bass players. While in Brazil he played with such top artists as João Gilberto, Hermeto Pascoal, Chico Buarque de Holanda, Nana Caymmi, João Bosco, Johnny Alf, Nivaldo Ornellas, MPB-4, Helio Delmiro, Luis Bonfa, and many others.

With deep roots in jazz, gospel, pop and classical music, Bill Mays’ eclectic, prolific career as pianist, composer and arranger spans five decades. On hundreds of recordings, TV and movie soundtracks, Bill’s concert and studio credits include a who’s who of modern music, from Benny Golson to Gerry Mulligan to Sarah Vaughan to Frank Zappa.


Artist Info:

Nilson Matta moved to New York City in 1985. Since that time he has performed and recorded with such renowned artists as Joe Henderson, Paquito D’Rivera, Slide Hampton, Herbie Mann, Mark Murphy, Oscar Castro Neves, Don Friedman, Paul Winter, Claudio Roditi, Gato Barbieri, Yo Yo Ma, Kenny Barron and many others.

Five years after his move to the States, he co-founded an extraordinary quintet – The African Brazilian Connection with pianist Don Pullen. This group released three critically acclaimed CDs for Blue Note Records: Kele Mou Bana, Ode To Life, and Live at Montreux Jazz Festival.

From 1995 till 1998, Matta worked extensively with four time Grammy Award winning saxophonist Joe Henderson, recording on the Grammy award winning 1997 Joe Henderson Big Band (Verve Records). A few years later, he recorded his first record as a leader, Encontros (2000). Included on this CD was harmonica player Hendrik Murkens. Nilson recorded a CD Canta Brasil and toured in Europe and USA with jazz pianist Kenny Barron in 2002.

In 2003 and 2004 he recorded 2 CDs with the virtuoso cellist Yo Yo Ma Obrigado Brazil which won a Grammy award in 2003 and Live at Zankel Hall (Carnegie Hall) which won a Grammy award in 2004.

In September 2006, Nilson Matta released a CD for Blue Toucan Music, Walking With My Bass. It’s an autobiography project with a wide range of guests. Among them are Joao Bosco, Ivan Lins, Kenny Barron, Harry Allen, Rosa Passos, Robertinho Silva, Mauricio Einhorn, Joyce, Helio Alves and others.


The Kitano
66 Park Avenue (at East 38th Street)
New York NY 10016
(212) 885-7000

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