Matt Renzi Trio
The music of the Matt Renzi Trio evokes, without
mimicing, the great trios of Sonny Rollins and Jimmy Giuffre, with a
world music flavor, and a trance inducing level of focused intensity.
Their 2006 appearance at Chez Hanny was one of the year's high points.
A San Francisco native, tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Matt
Renzi was born into a musical family.
His father is principal flautist with the San Francisco Symphony and
his grandfather was principal oboist with Toscanini’s NBC Symphony. He
received a BA in performance from Berklee College of Music and studied
with George Garzone, John Handy, Joe Henderson and South Indian
Vocalist R.A. Ramamani.
Matt has appeared at festivals and venues throughout North America as
well as Europe, Japan, Israel, India, Singapore and Angola. Of note is
his work with “Dialogue,” a band led by legendary bassist, Herbie
Lewis. He can be heard on a variety of recordings
including the award winning “Lines and Ballads” for Fresh Sound Records
(Barcelona, Spain), and his latest recording, with this trio,
Matt has also performed and recorded with Bobo Stenson, Marc Johnson,
Michael Formanek, Tommy Campbell, Eberhard Weber, and Matt Garrison,
and has appeared twice previously at Chez Hanny with Eddie Marshall.
Bassist Dave Ambrosio, originally from the New York
area, has lived and performed in New York City since 1988. He has also
toured extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan as a
performer and clinician, including appearances at the Montreal Jazz
Festival, Schaffhausen Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival, Vision
Festival, Delaware Water Gap Festival and the Nancy Pulsations
David has played and recorded with many great jazz musicians including
pianist Kenny Werner and the legendary vibraphone/clarinet duo Terry
Gibbs and Buddy DeFranco, as well as Ravi Coltrane, Mat Maneri, John
Hicks, Vic Juris, George Schuller and George Garzone.
David has a Bachelor of Arts from Manhattan School of Music in
Classical Composition and a Master of Arts in Jazz Performance from
Drummer Russell Meissner, originally from Toronto,
Canada, has been part of the New York music scene since 1995. As a
versatile freelance musician he has performed with both jazz and pop
groups at New York venues such as The Knitting Factory, The Blue Note,
Zinno, Irving Plaza, The Supper Club and CB's gallery and The Mercury
He has also toured Europe with Finnish jazz pianist Sunna
Gunnlaugsdottir, and performed and recorded with Sean Smith, Bill
Charlap, Keith Ganz and John Ellis. Other musical associations include
John Abercrombie, Norah Jones, Marian McPartland, Joe Wilder, Dick
Hyman, John Scofield and Jim Campilongo.
As an educator, he has been on the drum faculty at the National Guitar
Workshop since 1996 and he is also an accompanist at the Alvin Ailey
American Dance Center.