supper club w/ MATT MUNISTERI NOVEMBER 3rd, 7PM.


“Wicked. Jazz musicians aren’t supposed to write lyrics that good… Bands like this are why you move to New York.” – THE VILLAGE VOICE

“A present day ironist with a prewar (first world war that is) heart” – THE NEW YORKER

“recalls a time when instrumental virtuosity, harmonic sophistication, bucolic storysongs, and a straightforward emotional delivery were not mutually exclusive” – ACOUSTIC GUITAR

It’s a daunting task, this business of encapsulating Matt Munisteri’s musical self. As the sparkling guitarist on several chart-topping jazz CDs; a critically lauded songwriter and lyricist; an urban banjo-warrior and a sometime session musician; a selfless and devoted sideman; a wry-yet-honest singer; an engaging and winning front-man; and an arranger whose ear-pulling re-inventions of well-traveled songs have contributed to Grammy wins for artists such as Loudon Wainwright and Catherine Russell, Matt’s various dueling career paths might seem difficult to reconcile. Additionally you’d be hard-pressed to find another Brooklyn native who grew up playing bluegrass banjo since he was in the single digits; who has recorded with artists as divergent as consummate jazz balladeer “Little” Jimmy Scott and avante-noise godfather Glenn Branca (?!); who is regarded as a contemporary master of 1920?s and ’30?s jazz styles, and is an ardent student of folk traditions, but counts among his regular creative cohorts several musicians associated with the New York Downtown music world. Yet ultimately Matt’s journey through 20 century American music yields a vision which feels intrinsically whole, because his own music is a unified and one-of-a-kind reflection of a life devoted to all the far-flung variants of American Popular Song. It might be easier then to say that whatever he’s currently up to he embodies a living reconciliation of rural and urban, long-gone and contemporary, individual experience and canonized scripture. Plus he swings like mad while so doing.

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