Matt Renzi Trio

A San Francisco native currently living in Rome, 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). This trio has released four cds, the latest is Happy Hour.

He has performed and recorded with Marc Johnson, Michael Formanek, Tommy Campbell, Eberhard Weber, Ben Monder and Bobo Stenson. He has appeared twice previously at Chez Hanny with Eddie Marshall, and twice with this trio.

Bassist Dave Ambrosio, originally from the New York area, currently resides in NYC where he works as a freelance musician and educator. He is the co-leader of two collaborative bands, Grupo Los Santos and Neo Tradition, as well as being a part of many groups including George Schuller’s Circle Wide, the Matt Renzi Trio, Eri Yamamoto Trio, Vinnie Sperrazza Trio, Deanna Witkowski Quartet, Eric Rasmussen’s School of Tristano, Adriano Santos Quintet, Clay Giberson Trio, the Schumacher/Sanford Sound Assembly and the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra led by Jim McNeely and Michael Abene.

He has also performed with such jazz greats as pianist Kenny Werner, legendary vibraphone/clarinet duo Terry Gibbs and Buddy DrFranco, George Garzone, Joseph Jarman and Ralph Alessi.

Drummer Russ Meissner is currently involved with several projects including the Jack Grace Band, the Sean Smith Quartet, the Matt Renzi Trio, Gowanus Reggae and Ska Society (G.R.A.S.S), the McCarron Bros., Chuck MacKinnon's Mactet, The Pre-War Ponies, Billy Lester, Abigail Riccards, J. Walter Hawks, Bill Malchow, Stephen Clair, Rebecca Pronsky, Charlie Faye and Lucy Wainwright Roche.

Russ attended William Paterson University in New Jersey where he studied with John Riley and Rufus Reid and graduated with a BA in jazz performance. He moved to NYC in 1996 and since then has performed with diverse artists including John Abercrombie, Bill Charlap, Norah Jones, Marian McPartland, Joe Wilder, Dick Hyman, John Scofield, and Jim Campilongo.