BOP STOP at The Music Settlement is Cleveland's premier listening room: an intimate, acoustically pristine performance venue with sweeping views of Lake Erie.
Michigan-based pianist/composer Matthew Fries brings his swinging trio back to BOP STOP for a performance of an exciting mix of standards and original music. His latest trio album was called '...melodic, it’s beautiful, it’s traditional and at the same time it’s music in 2022.’
Tickets for this event are $20 each. This event will also be livestreamed on BOP STOP's Facebook page at showtime. Accessing the stream is free but donations are encouraged and directly support the band. To donate, select "Donation: Livestream Attendee" (which is a $10 blanket ticket price) as your Ticket Option above.
Matthew Fries is a joyful voice on the piano with a unique and recognizable style that is authentically rooted in the tradition of the classic jazz pianists, while still looking forward to the future of the music and the instrument.
As a composer and leader he has performed his own music extensively, recording ten albums of mostly original compositions.. His music has been described as playful and hopeful, introspective, full of joy and wonderment, and awash with tonal colors.. But it is his deeply swinging piano style and collaborative spirit that have also made him an in-demand sideman for both instrumentalists and vocalists.. He has toured worldwide, appears on scores of recordings, and 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).
Matthew won the Great American Jazz Piano Competition and was runner-up in the American Pianists Association Jazz Piano Competition.. He has recorded five albums and toured internationally with his collaborative, original-music trio TRI-FI – a group that Jazz Review says, “takes on the Jazz Trio challenge and delivers a ‘knock out’ punch,” and about whom Downbeat Magazine says, “the clairvoyance of these three members can be mesmerizing.” He has a 20-year collaboration of touring, recording and composing with singer-songwriter Curtis Stigers as part of his band.
He has shared the stage with a long list of jazz performers that includes Curtis Stigers, Stacey Kent, Ann Hampton Callaway, DeeDee Bridgewater, Janis Siegel, Vincent Herring, Steve Wilson, Joel Frahm, Steve LaSpina, Dave Samuels, Claudio Roditi, Terell Stafford and many others.