bassist * composer * improviser

Matt Pavolka

Bassist, composer, lover. Provocateur. Occasional half-assed trombonist. Leader of The Matt Pavolka Band and The Horns Band.

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#31 The Horns Band Live At Smalls 4-25-16, Set 2

Here we are back again at one of the world's great jazz clubs. We've been playing a gig a month or so in New York City for the past two years or more and it's really paid off; we sound like a band if I do say so myself.

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#30 The Horns Band Live At Smalls 4-25-16, Set 1

Here we are back again at one of the world's great jazz clubs. We've been playing a gig a month or so in New York City for the past two years or more and it's really paid off; we sound like a band if I do say so myself.

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#29 The Matt Pavolka Band Rides Again

The Matt Pavolka Band was my first real working band as a leader. It came into existence somewhere around 2005 or '06 after I heard Ben and Pete play together and thought that it was a great and unique sound that I could do something with. Once I added Ted Poor to the mix I had a quartet that was easy and fun to play with and write for with a unique sound and power. And stage presence...

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#28 Paul Bley

A number of years ago (at least ten, maybe more like fifteen) the great Argentine pianist Ernesto Jodos, who was staying with my wife and I in New York at the time, went to Birdland to see Paul Bley. I believe the band was Paul's trio with Paul Motian and Gary Peacock...

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#27 The Horns Band Live At Smalls Set 2

This video of The Horns Band Live At Smalls is from the Smalls Live website, set 2 from our gig on 11-16-15. Small's new website launched a few months ago and is an incredible resource for live music fans.

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