Matt Skellenger Group

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Dazzle Jazz

930 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203


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7 & 9pm :: Matt Skellenger Group :: $10

Matt Skellenger - bass
david miller - drumset, tabla, udu, cajon, electronics
andy skellenger - tabla, udu, cajon
glenn taylor - pedal steel guitar
adam bartczak - trombone

Fusing elements of jazz and world music, the Matt Skellenger Group creates a rhythmically diverse and lushly melodic sound.  The newest album from the group, The Owls Are Not What They Seem, was released on April 6th, 2013 featuring Ron Miles on Trumpet.  The group will be playing music from the 2009 release Parentheticals , the new release The Owls Are Not What They Seem, and some brand new unreleased music.

Electric bassist Matt Skellenger, has always been an exception to the rules. By combining forward thinking creativity, progressive techniques and natural musicality, Skellenger displays a uniquely identifiable sound. Born and raised in Denver, CO., Matt has been composing, performing, and recording in the Front Range for over 20 years. In 2002, he earned a B. A. in Music from Metropolitan State College of Denver. Skellenger’s fierce dedication to the electric bass led him to attend Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten's Bass At the Beach Workshop in 2004, as well as six of Victor Wooten's Bass Nature Camps from 2004-2010.  There he had first hand experience studying with Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey and Chuck Rainey who are full time instructors at the camps and some of the most influential musicians to ever play the electric bass. At the 2005 BNC, Skellenger was awarded one of two scholarships to attend The Bass Collective in NYC for a week long intensive course. The versatility of Matt's playing can be heard on music ranging from solo bass, jazz quintet and modern rock power trio to folk, Americana, funk and pop groups. In 2003, Matt released his first solo bass album On My Way Home. In 2009, Parentheticals was released featuring Ron Miles, Dave Miller, and Andy Skellenger. The group's brand new release, The Owls Are Not What They Seem, also features Pedal Steel player Glenn Taylor and was released on April 6th, 2013 . In addition to leading his own group, Skellenger is a music teacher at Swallow Hill Music School and is currently a member of Beats Noir, and The Grown Ass Man Band.

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