"Besides playing the inventive, thorny solo in 'Purple Haze', Matt Herskowitz, the group's pianist, offered a stunningly beautiful solo in the Mingus classic 'Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,' and an energetic piece of his own, 'Serial Blues,' in which a remarkably fluid jazz piano line squared off against ensemble contributions couched alternately in classic blues harmonies and a contrapuntal 12-tone setting."
New York Times
November 15, 2015 - Matt Herskowitz Trio (MHT) in Watertown, NY
My new album, Bach XXI, is now available worldwide! It's a modern, progressive interpretation of Bach's music, while being deeply rooted in the original pieces. Here is a link to our recent interview and videos of our live performance on WQXR radio in New York City: http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/-studio-matt-herskowitz-trio-philippe-quint-and-lara-st-john-play-bach/
My concert at the Montreal International Jazz Festival this past July
5th, Piano Chameleons with Oliver Jones and Julie Lamontagne, was a
blast, and huge success! It was a full house at the Monument National,
the pianos were fabulous Steinways, and the vibe was great. CBC was
there to take some video, hopefully I'll be able to post something on
here soon. Pour ceux qui parle français, voici le lien d'une critique du
I'm featured on two brand new recordings in Canada: one is the Richard-Lipsky-Herskowitz Trio, with flutist François Richard and violinist Helmut Lipsky, Azimuth, featuring our original compositions and arrangements in pure hybrid-crossover jazz/classical style. I've just been informed that this disc has been nominated for a Félix for Best Contemporary Jazz Album of the year! Here's a link to a review of the album in le Devoir, in French, pour mes amis francophone : Azimuth
The other is my appearance as guest soloist with Buzz Brass on their album Preludes and Rhapsodies. I perform Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with them, as well as his 3 Preludes, originally for piano solo and arranged for the group. The arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue for piano and brass quintet is reminiscent of the original big band version of the piece, and as someone who's been playing this piece all his life, I can say it's quite refreshing to hear! Here's a link to this program on their website:
Preludes and Rhapsodies
As well, my new album with violinist Lara St. John, Shicksa, is now in the can, and will be released this fall as well - it's turning out to be a big year for albums for me! The recording features original compositions and arrangements of Eastern European folk songs, and includes one of my own compositions which Lara commissioned for the project, Nagilara, based on the famous Jewish folk song, Hava Nagila. I can honestly say I've never heard anything quite like this, so I'm really looking forward to its release! I will post a link to the record label's website, as well as reviews and video links, as soon as they become available.