"What can you say about music that’s hypnotically beautiful, runs the spectrum of genres that are comfortable with referencing Chopin and Prokofiev, and is written by a composer whose website flags his work in LA and Vegas with Barry Manilow?
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November 15, 2015 - Matt Herskowitz Trio (MHT) in Watertown, NY
My concert at the Montreal International Jazz Festival this past July 5th, Piano Chameleons with Oliver Jones and Julie Lamontagne, was a blast, and huge success! It was a full house at the Monument National, the pianos were fabulous Steinways, and the vibe was great. CBC was there to take some video, hopefully I'll be able to post something on here soon. Pour ceux qui parle français, voici le lien d'une critique du concert: http://rreverb.com/oliver-jones-pianos-cameleons-festival-de-jazz/
Bach XXI, a new recording of my original arrangements of Bach pieces with my jazz trio and classical violinist Philippe Quint, will be released on the Avanti Classics label this fall! This is a modern, progressive interpretation of Bach's music, while being deeply rooted in the original pieces. I will post a link to the record label's website, as well as any reviews, as soon as they're available. The album will be available world wide. The release date in the US in September 8th, 2015. It will be released in the rest of the world in October. Here are links to videos from a live performance of two of the arrangements:
Goldberg AriaPrelude from Cello Suite in G Major
I'm featured on two brand new recordings in Canada: one is the Richard-Lipsky-Herskowitz Trio, with flutist François Richard and violinist Helmut Lipsky, Azimuth, featuring our original compositions and arrangements in pure hybrid-crossover jazz/classical style. Here's a link to a review of the album in le Devoir, in French, pour mes amis francophone : Azimuth
The other is my appearance as guest soloist with Buzz Brass on their album Preludes and Rhapsodies. I perform Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with them, as well as his 3 Preludes, originally for piano solo and arranged for the group. The arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue for piano and brass quintet is reminiscent of the original big band version of the piece, and as someone who's been playing this piece all his life, I can say it's quite refreshing to hear! Here's a link to this program on their website:
Preludes and Rhapsodies
As well, my new album with violinist Lara St. John is now in the can, and will be released this fall as well - it's turning out to be a big year for albums for me! The recording, who's title is not yet confirmed, features original compositions and arrangements of Eastern European folk songs, and includes one of my compositions which Lara commissioned for the project, Nagilara, based on the famous Jewish folk song, Hava Nagila. I can honestly say I've never heard anything quite like this, so I'm really looking forward to its release! I will post a link to the record label's website, as well as reviews and video links (and the title!), as soon as they become available.