#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. We played quite a few gigs around the New York area, recorded one album ("Something People Can Use" for the now defunct TOAP Records in 2007) and did one European tour (really just a Portuguese tour) to promote it. It was cool but over the past few years we've been on somewhat of a hiatus, partly because Ted is mostly on the other coast these days, partly because I've been focusing on writing for and booking my Horns Band and partly because I got sick of playing tiny New York jazz venues with this band for five people with their fingers in their ears. We're kind of loud and, you know, I don't want to make anyone uncomfortable.
Anyway, James Keepnews offered me the chance to bring the band up to Beacon to play his terrific Monday night series at Quinn's and it was a good excuse to get the band back together. I was fortunate to be able to get Nate Wood to join us and, well, here's a sample of the results. This is the first tune of the night, "The Garden Of Forking Paths", our traditional opener. This kind of makes me want to do more with this group again. We are available for weddings, bar mitzvahs, spelling bees, etc. And our rates are very reasonable.