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About Matt Baker: Jazz Pianist Matt Baker has travelled far with his career, performing for audiences all round the globe. In fact in July 2003 and 2004, he performed in Switzerland at the Montreux Jazz Festival with his trio.
In December 2002, Matt returned home from his third trip to New York. He spent a week with Jazz piano legend Oscar Peterson, watching him play every night at the Blue Note, and spent many hours with him between performances talking music, piano, careers and just becoming good friends.
Matt, a student of New York pianists Benny Green and James Williams, revisited these wonderful players for some more lessons, and in previous trips has also studied casually with Mulgrew Miller, Aaron Goldberg, Eric Reed, Jacky Terrasson, Stephen Scott, Laurence Hobgood, Ralph Sutton, and Ella Fitzgerald's life-long accompanist Paul Smith.
In Montreux 2004, Matt spent some personal time with jazz legend Herbie Hancock and Cuban pianist Michel Camilo, studying their music, concepts and approaches to modern jazz.
Back home Matt has toured Australia extensively with trumpet virtuoso James Morrison. He has played for Quincy Jones, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick Jnr., and has also been the support act for Jazz legends Tony Bennett and Al Jarreau. Since December 2000, Matt is now the resident pianist with Australia's well-known Jazz band, “Galapagos Duck”, and played in John Morrison's Swing City from 1999 to 2003.
In June 2006, Matt released his 3rd album, "From an afternoon with the Mountains". The album features two new young up and coming giants, Alex Boneham and Ko Omura. Sydney percussionist Akyho Akhrif joins the trio for the project too. On the album, the group explores a completely new original sound with Cuban, Brazilian, Classical and Jazz influences .
Matt quoted of the album and project...
... "Many musicians before have taken classical music and jazzed it up. I wanted to go the other way; by taking my music and expressing some of it with a classical sound, yet while still weaving the jazz through..."

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