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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#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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#26 The Horns Band Live At Smalls Set 1

This video of The Horns Band Live At Smalls is from the Smalls Live website, set 1 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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#25 That Night The Blind Man Dreamt That He Was Blind

#25 That Night The Blind Man Dreamt That He Was Blind

Recently I was contacted by Sérgio Machado Letria of the Jose Saramago foundation regarding my compostion "That Night The Blind Man Dreamt That He Was Blind", which was recorded on "The Horns Band". My initial assumption was that he was pissed at me for lifting a song title (and a great one at that) from Saramago's masterpiece "Blindness" but as it turns out he was just curious about my interest in this great writer and wanted to know if I'd be interested in writing a few words for their magazine.

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