when you’re young, rules are put in place to keep you safe. as you get older, the safeguards are removed. you are given more responsibility as you show you can handle it.
o3 is a musical expression of this principle.
Corey Garcia, Matt Dwonszyk and I met at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz in Hartford, CT. we established a bond, which we brought with us to New York once we graduated.
our concept is an extension of what came before. we are three like minded individuals with a shared affinity for what lies ahead. between the known and the unknown is where you’ll find us, trying to bargain with forces greater than ourselves.
visit us at facebook.com/o3unit
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or visit us on March 4th, 2019, at Black Eyed Sally’s (Hartford, CT), from 8 to 11 PM!
Matt Dwonszyk started playing the electric bass at age eleven. In high school, he picked up the double bass while attending the Greater Hartford Academy of Performing Arts. Soon after that, Matt started attending the Artist Collective after school program founded by the legendary Jazz Saxophonist/Composer Jackie McLean. He continued his collegiate studies at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz studying with world-renowned bassist Nat Reeves. He graduated and continued his studies at SUNY Purchase where he received a Masters in Music in 2015.
With the SUNY Purchase Big Band, Matt performed at the Blue Note Jazz Club featuring Terrell Stafford and at Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club featuring Steve Turre. Matt can be seen playing at some of the top New York jazz clubs including Smalls, Smoke, Minton’s, Zinc Bar, among others. Matt has shared the bandstand with world renowned jazz musicians such as: Harold Mabern, Larry Willis, David Hazeltine, Anthony Wonsey, Rick Germanson, Hal Galper, Dave Kikoski, Donald Vega, Pete Malinverni, Steve Wilson, Abraham Burton, Javon Jackson, Gary Smulyan, Bill Saxton, Bennie Wallace, Wayne Escoffery, Mike Diruboo, Myron Walden, J.D. Allen, John Farnsworth, Steve Davis, Steve Turre, Joe Farnsworth, Carl Allen, Winard Harper, Herlin Riley, Joe Strasser, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Joe Magnarelli, Jeremy Pelt, Jumaane Smith, Wallace Roney, Freddie Hendrix and Duane Eubanks.
Matt was awarded in Down Beat Magazine for his arrangement of “What A Wonderful World”. He was accepted into the 2015 Boysie Lowery Jazz Living Residency for his original compositions. Matt was musical director/arranger for South African vocalist Nonhlanhla Kheswa’s album “Meadowlands, Stolen Jazz” recorded live at Joe’s Pub. He frequently arranges for a variety of different artists and groups. Matt will be debuting his first record as a leader in the fall of 2017 featuring his original compositions and arrangements.
Matt performed at the JVC New York Jazz Festival, the Baikal Jazz Festival in Yakutsk, Siberia, the NYC Winter Jazz Festival, Litchfield Jazz Festival, Hartford Jazz Festival, New Haven Jazz Festival the Jazz & Colors Festival at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Hartford Arts Festival, Baby Grand Jazz Series, Mid Summer Festival and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Matt frequently performs in N.Y and throughout New England.
Corey bio coming soon