Thursday, August 7, 2014

Peaceful Contact Proved Elusive (album release!)



Hello to all my friends, family and fans!

I just released a duo album, on the Dazzle recording label, with guitarist Alex Nauman. The album, "Peaceful Contact Proved Elusive," contains all original compositions and arrangements by Alex and myself. It is available on limited edition vinyl or as a digital download through iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp, see links below. To purchase your copy of the vinyl email either myself or Alex at 1smileymn@gmail.com or alexnaumanmusic@gmail.com. The album comes with a free digital download that includes additional material'.  There is a description of the music below. 

Thanks for your continued support!

-Matt Smiley





About the music:

1.     Hic Hip – composition by Matt Smiley, May 7th 2012, dedicated to Christian Wolff, made possible by Greg Heimbecker, who brought Chinese gongs and a very large frame drum to the recording session.  The score is a single melodic line with chord changes, dots, thick black lines and long tones, while the second line is rhythmic, with a few graphic explosions.  Matt Smiley plays gongs and bass, while Alex Nauman plays guitar and frame drum.   
2.     Bends – composition by Alex Nauman, July 9th 2011, dedicated to Derek Bailey.  First performed as a solo at Pat’s Place in Billings, MT.  There are two versions of the piece on the album, clean and distorted.  The notation calls for all possible ways and combinations to bend pitch(es).
3.     Gradual Coalescence – composition by Matt Smiley, May 7th 2013, dedicated to Ken Vandermark, originally titled SQHN and composed for a trio with an additional trumpet part.  The piece is made up of 12 cells that the musicians improvise the connection between, and each cell can be played in any order.  On the album the cells are played forwards and backwards in the same ordering on both instruments.
4.     Rotting Watermelons – composition by Alex Nauman, 2013, dedicated to Frank Zappa.  The composition is inspired by two Frank Zappa songs Black Napkins and Watermelons in Easter Hay.  
5.     Take the Bandaid off – composition by Alex Nauman, 2013.  Early in the recording session Alex cut one of his fingers, and had to bandage it up, hence the title.  This is the ballad of the album and one of the only pieces that employs [semi] traditional harmonies.  
6.     Lorraine is a Good Name for a Bat – composition by Matt Smiley, December 17th 2012, dedicated to William Burroughs.  Five very different sections of music that can be played in any ordering with improvisation in between each section.  The title comes from a line from Jack Kerouac’s "On the Road." 
7.     Sketches for Ornette – composition/arrangement by Matt Smiley, August 1st 2013. This is a duo version of Ornette Coleman’s "Free Jazz," and is based on a transcription/arrangement of the piece for double quartet that I performed in 2010.  Includes the same amount of solo sections, including the bass duet, and the two drum solos.  
8.     Ice Trains – chance composition by Matt Smiley, September 8th 2013, dedicated to John Zorn.  Each performer has 7 pages of any notated music, and the modular score involves specific interpretations of the combination of random notated music.  The 7 pages should be different if possible, but any arrangement could be made: 7 pages of a Beethoven string quartet, or one page of Charlie Parker, Brahms, John Cage, REM, Bulgarian music, Moondog, and a church hymn, or 3 pages of AC/DC and 4 pages of Chopin.  Each of the four versions of Ice Trains uses different orderings of the score, and different notated scores.  

Monday, July 7, 2014

Bookmarks for days



I haven't been updating the blog much these days, realizing it's impossible to keep up with social media.  I'm now actively using (with the help of my new iPhone) facebook, twitter, instagram, this blog, bandcamp, cdbaby, reddit, talkbass, youtube, soundcloud, and probably more that I'm forgetting about right now, to try and promote my music and get my ideas out there.  I'm torn between keeping up this charade of diving into the internet feet first in helping hustle for gigs, for work, and for simply wanting to archive my music as best as I can.  It's too much to keep track of, and too many hours in the day lost to this rat race!  Whew, it's enough to make you want to live off the grid!

Recently in the last 6-8 months my computer bookmarks are piling up with things to check out down the road, so I'll try and go ahead and list off them here, so I can come back to them, and who knows, you the reader may find these interesting as well!

Jack Wright Essays  Saxophonist Jack Wright Essays on music, art, life, and more!

Codex Seraphinianus  Wiki article on this amazing coded piece, so far undeciphered.

Cheap Eye Glasses  This is a great company that sells cheap frames/lens, need some new specs.

Tim Berne, David Torn and Ches Smith Video  This is a show from the Walnut Room in Denver I was at, one of the best I've seen in years, and the audio/video is very high quality.

Christian Wolff Lecture I haven't watched this yet, but the only other lecture I found by Wolff is in German, so I'm glad this one is in English.

Matt Smiley July Update


Hello all!
Welcome again to the email list for bassist/composer Matt Smiley!  Listed below are all of my gigs for the month of July, including multiple performances at Ace Gillett’s, John Galt Coffee in Greeley and at the Garden’s at Spring Creek.

The special events to be on the lookout for are my performance of Treatise in Greeley on Thursday July 10th at the John Galt Coffee Shop at 7:30pm.  I have an 11 piece ensemble premièring an original composition of mine that I wrote 5 years ago.  There will be a projection of the score playing in real time with the music, as well as free food and drink! 

Also I will be performing as part of the Garden’s at the Spring Creek Concert series with the great Kelsey Shiba performing all music by Cole Porter, Sunday evening July 20th from 6:30pm-8:30pm.  For more information check out their website: http://www.fcgov.com/gardens/programsspecial-events/special-events/music-in-the-gardens
   
Thanks for listening and for your support!
Matt Smiley



MATT SMILEY’S JULY 2014 GIG CALENDAR

Sunday July 6th – Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 7pm-11pm – Amanda Riggers on vocals/piano and Matt Smiley on bass

Wednesday July 9th – Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 7pm-11pm – Amanda Riggers on vocals/piano and Matt Smiley on bass

Thursday July 10th – TREATISE in Greeley at John Galt Coffee (709 16th st) at 7:30pm - Matt Smiley (bass, electronics), Nathan Ahlers (guitar, electronics), Kristen Dye (flute), Aimee Niemann (violin), Michael Schreier (keyboard), Tom Amend (keyboard),
Shilo Stroman (vibes/percussion),
Mike Gersten (clarinet),
Rob Borger (trombone), Jenna Hunt (harp) and Kenyon Brenner (sax/ewi)

Friday July 11th  – Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 8pm-midnight – Subterranean Jazz Quartet featuring Annie Booth on piano, John Olson on drums, Josh Reed on trumpet and Matt Smiley on bass

Saturday July 12th  - Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 8pm-midnight – Subterranean Jazz Quartet featuring Ben Markley on piano, John Olson on drums, Josh Quinlan on saxophone and Matt Smiley on bass

Sunday July 13th – Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 7pm-11pm – Annie Booth on piano and Matt Smiley on bass

Wednesday July 16th – Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 7pm-11pm – Kelsey Shiba on vocals/piano and Matt Smiley on bass

Thursday July 17th  - Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 8pm-midnight – Subterranean Jazz Quartet featuring Ben Markley on piano, John Olson on drums, Andrew Vogt on saxophones and Matt Smiley on bass

Friday July 18th  – Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 8pm-midnight – Subterranean Jazz Quartet featuring Annie Booth on piano, John Olson on drums, Ryan Fourt on guitar and Matt Smiley on bass

Saturday July 19th – Performing at a private wedding

Sunday July 20th – Gardens at the Spring Creek in Fort Collins 6pm-8pm – Matt Smiley Quintet plays the music of Cole Porter – Kelsey Shiba on keyboards and vocals, Josh Reed on trumpet, Ryan Fourt on guitar, Shilo Stroman on drums, and Matt Smiley on bass

Wednesday July 23rd  – Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 7pm-11pm – Kelsey Shiba on vocals/piano and Matt Smiley on bass

Thursday July 24th   - Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 8pm-midnight – Subterranean Jazz Quartet featuring Ben Markley on piano, John Olson on drums, Andrew Vogt on saxophones and Matt Smiley on bass

Friday July 25th   – Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 8pm-midnight – Subterranean Jazz Quartet featuring Annie Booth on piano, John Olson on drums, Alex Weitz on saxophone and Matt Smiley on bass

Saturday July 26th  - Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 8pm-midnight – Subterranean Jazz Quartet featuring Ben Markley on piano, John Olson on drums, Wil Swindler on saxophone and Matt Smiley on bass

Sunday July 27th  – Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 7pm-11pm – Amanda Riggers on vocals/piano and Matt Smiley on bass

Wednesday July 30th   – Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 7pm-11pm – Kelsey Shiba on vocals/piano and Matt Smiley on bass

Thursday July 31st    - Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 8pm-midnight – Subterranean Jazz Quartet featuring Ben Markley on piano, John Olson on drums, Andrew Vogt on saxophones and Matt Smiley on bass

Monday, June 16, 2014

Charlie Haden and Keith Jarrett - Jasmine and Last Dance


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The link above is to download my full album transcription of Charlie Haden's bass parts on "Jasmine" with Keith Jarrett.  I spent a lot of time digging into the album when it first came out, and slowly worked on these transcriptions as a way to develop my piano/bass duo playing, slow tempos, and also to get deeper into Haden's solo language and phrasing.

I am excited to be listening to the new Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden ECM release "Last Dance" that came out today!  I didn't know anything about this album coming out until a bass player friend of mine mentioned it to me yesterday.  The first track "My Old Flame" so far has a long and incredible bass solo, that shows off both Haden's his musicality and muscularity on the instrument.  I can't wait to hear more!

(If you have any problems with downloaded the pdfs, shoot me an email at 1smileymn at gmail dot com)


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Monthly Email List (MARCH)



Hello all,
Welcome to the first of a once a month music email list for bassist/composer Matt Smiley!  Listed below are all of my gigs in the month of March, including multiple performances at Ace Gillett’s, and the Crown Pub in Fort Collins, CO and at the Denver School of the Arts Day of Percussion (3-8) and The University of Wyoming Jazz Festival (3-27/3-28) with guest artists David Scott, Kelsey Shiba, Michael Rodriguez and Damani Phillips. 

On the recording front be on the lookout for the new Alex Nauman/Matt Smiley duo album “Peaceful Contact Proved Elusive,” coming out soon on the Dazzle recording label on limited edition 100 vinyl, and as a digital download featuring original compositions inspired by the music of Frank Zappa, Derek Bailey, and Ornette Coleman.

Thanks for listening and for your support!
Matt Smiley



MATT SMILEY’S MARCH 2014 GIG CALENDAR

Saturday March 1st - Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 8pm-midnight – Subterranean Jazz Quartet featuring Ben Markley on piano, John Olson on drums, Kenyon Brenner on saxophone and Matt Smiley on bass

Sunday March 2nd – Crown Pub in Fort Collins 7pm-10pm - Ryan Fourt on guitar, Shilo Stroman on drums and Matt Smiley on bass

Tuesday March 4th – Hilton Hotel in Fort Collins 5:30pm-9:30pm – Steve Johnson Group with Matt Smiley on bass

Wednesday March 5th – Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 8pm-midnight – Kelsey Shiba on vocals and piano, Matt Smiley on bass

Thursday March 6th – Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 8pm-midnight – Subterranean Jazz Quartet featuring Ben Markley on piano, Shilo Stroman on drums, Andrew Vogt on saxophones and Matt Smiley on bass

Friday March 7th - Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 8pm-midnight – Subterranean Jazz Quartet featuring Annie Booth on piano, John Olson on drums, Brianna Carrasquillo on saxophone and Matt Smiley on bass

Saturday March 8th – Denver School of the Arts Day of Percussion 1pm-4pm – Greg Tanner Harris on vibraphone, Josh Quinlan on saxophones, Ed Breazeale on drums and Matt Smiley on bass

Saturday March 8th - Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 8pm-midnight – Subterranean Jazz Quartet featuring Ben Markley on piano, John Olson on drums, Gabe Mervine on trumpet and Matt Smiley on bass

Sunday March 9th – Crown Pub in Fort Collins 7pm-10pm – Adam Bodine on keys, Shilo Stroman on drums and Matt Smiley on bass

Wednesday March 12th - Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 8pm-midnight – Kelsey Shiba on vocals and piano, Matt Smiley on bass

Thursday March 13th  – Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 8pm-midnight – Subterranean Jazz Quartet featuring Ben Markley on piano, John Olson on drums, Andrew Vogt on saxophones and Matt Smiley on bass

Friday March 14th - Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 8pm-midnight – Subterranean Jazz Quartet featuring Jeff Jenkins on piano, John Olson on drums, Josh Reed on trumpet and Matt Smiley on bass

Saturday March 15th - Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 8pm-midnight – Subterranean Jazz Quartet featuring Jeff Jenkins on piano, John Olson on drums, Wil Swindler on saxophones and Matt Smiley on bass

Wednesday March 19th – Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 8pm-midnight – Annie Booth on piano and Matt Smiley on bass

Thursday March 20th – Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 8pm-midnight – Subterranean Jazz Quartet featuring Ben Markley on piano, John Olson on drums, Andrew Vogt on saxophones and Matt Smiley on bass

Friday March 21st  - Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 8pm-midnight – Subterranean Jazz Quartet featuring Annie Booth on piano, John Olson on drums, Sam Williams on saxophones and Matt Smiley on bass

Saturday March 22nd  - Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 8pm-midnight – Subterranean Jazz Quartet featuring Ben Markley on piano, John Olson on drums, Ryan Fourt on guitar and Matt Smiley on bass

Wednesday March 26th – Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 8pm-midnight – Kelsey Shiba on vocals and piano, Matt Smiley on bass

Thursday March 27th – University of Wyoming 7:30pm Concert – with David Scott on vocals, Kelsey Shiba on vocals, Ben Markley on piano, Ed Breazeale on drums and Matt Smiley on bass

Friday March 28th – University of Wyoming Concert – with Michael Rodriguez on trumpet, Damani Phillips on saxophone, Ben Markley on piano, Ed Breazeale on drums and Matt Smiley on bass

Saturday March 29th   - Ace Gillett’s in Fort Collins 8pm-midnight – Subterranean Jazz Quartet featuring Ben Markley on piano, John Olson on drums, Josh Quinlan on saxophones and Matt Smiley on bass

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Midwest Jazz Tour with the Josh Quinlan Quartet




Josh Quinlan Jazz Tour January-February 2014

January 16th – Crossroads Theatre concert/masterclass in Denver, CO with the Josh Quinlan Quartet plus Aldo Salvent (saxophone), followed by another concert/masterclass for Josh Quinlan’s Jazz History class at CU Boulder, CO with Ben Markley and Ed Breazeale

January 18th – Ace Gillette’s in Fort Collins, CO with Josh Quinlan, Aldo Salvent, Ben Markley and John Olson

January 26th – Frank Nichols House Party in Aurora, CO with Josh Quinlan, Ben Markley, and Ed Breazeale (ELLINGTON/STRAYHORN)

January 27th – University of Wyoming concert/jam session with Josh Quinlan, Ben Markley, and Ed Breazeale (COLTRANE)

January 29th – Dazzle show in Denver, CO with Josh Quinlan, Ben Markley, and Ed Breazeale (ELLINGTON/COLTRANE)

January 30th – University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA with Josh Quinlan, Ben Markley, and Ed Breazeale  (COLTRANE)

January 31st – Truman State University in Iowa, MO concert and masterclass with Josh Quinlan, Jeff Riley (saxophone), Ben Markley, and Ed Breazeale (COLTRANE)

February 1st – Circle M Music in Kirksville, MO with Josh Quinlan, Tim AuBuchon (saxophone), Ben Markley, and Ed Breazeale and Take Five in Kansas, MO with Josh Quinlan, Clint Ashlock (trumpet), Ben Markley, and Ed Breazeale (COLTRANE and ELLINGTON/STRAYHORN)

February 2nd – The Record Bar in Kansas, MO with Josh Quinlan, Clint Ashlock (trumpet) Ben Markley, and Ed Breazeale  (JOSH QUINLAN MUSIC)

The tour went really well, and it was good to get back on the road again.  This was the second jazz tour I have done (not including ones affiliated with my undergraduate jazz program).  The first tour was with Reid Poole and Britt Ciampa which you can read about from a few years ago on my blog.  This tour was with the Josh Quinlan quartet, featuring Ben Markley on keys,, and Ed Breazeale on drums.  We all fit in one vehicle with Ed behind the wheel, and I brought my electric fretless bass along for the ride!  Josh was able to secure upright basses for me for most of the dates, and got to play a few gigs on the electric.  I already am starting to brainstorm some projects in the near future playing electric bass jazz.

I didn’t keep a tour journal this time like I did with the last one, but all I can really say was that it was good to play the same music for most of the gigs, develop some things with the musicians in the band, and make some great contacts throughout the different places we were at.  The tour has resulted in multiple recording sessions that will happen in the next year, and we’re already setting things up for a June tour in NYC and Boston!  I’m truly grateful to have such good musicians to play and hang with, and I can’t wait to keep digging into more of these projects.  The quartet will be performing in Colorado in the fall as well with Greg Osby, so I have a lot of work to do to get ready for that!  I’ll keep the post short, but it was a great 5 days on the road, and looking forward to doing it again.  One of these days I’ll try to get my own touring happening, and try it from the leader perspective.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Jazz Food Name Puns




This is a northern Colorado made list of many jazz musicians' names as food puns.  Feel free to add more to the comments if you come across these, there's so many good ones!  I wanted to archive it, so here it is!

Ahmad Jamalted milk balls

                  Al "Ice cream" Cohn
                  Al-Fredo Jarreau

Art Pepper steak
art tater tots

                  Artichoke Blakey
                  Avishai Corn

                  Beans & Rodney

                  Ben Web-Stir Fry
                  Benny Collard-Green

                  Benny Green eggs & ham

                  Bill Hobo-Stewart

Billie Hollandaise sauce
                  Billy Corn-on-the-cob-ham

                  Bloody Mary McPartland
                  Bob Mintz-meat

                  Bob Sheppard's pie

                  Brad Goode-n-Plenty
                  Brandy Alexander Zonjic
                  BroccoLee Morgan casserole
                  Carmen McRib

                  Cedar Walton-Planked Salmon
                  Ceviche Cohan
Chet Baker's Dozen

                  Chick Corean Chicken

                  Chicken Breasts with a Jack DeJohnette Herb Sauce

                  Chicken Corea
                  Chicken Marsalis

                  Christ Potroast

                  Christian McChicken

                  Chu Berry Pie with crumbled topping and graham cracker crust

                  Clark Teriyaki Chicken
                  Clifford Brown Rice
Clifford brownies
                  Cole Porterhouse Steak
                  Connie Cheese Cayke
                  Cosmo-Paul Gonsalves-ton
                  Crab Calloways with East. St. Louis Noodle-oo's

                  Crisp Otter
                  Cyrus Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
                  Dave Hollandaise sauce
                  Dexter Gordon-bleu

                  Diana Krill (if you're a whale)

                  Dianne Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

                  Dick Oatts and Barley

                  Dirty Shirley Horn

Dizzy Gilles-Pea Soup                       
                  Dizzy Gilles-pizza
                  Dodo Mimosa
                  Don Cherry Coke
                  Don Cherry Pie
                  Drew Gressfed beef
Eric Dolphy-Free Tuna
Fizzy Gillespie
                  Flaming Rum Punch Miller
                  Frank-furter Foster

                  George ben-sunny side up

                  Gin & Tonicholas Payton
                  Gordita Navarro
                  Grant Gordy-tas
                  Grant Green-Eggs-and-Ham

                  Gravy Tate

                  Harry Carney-Asada

                  Heads of Paul Romaine Salad.
                  Hoagie Carmichael, Cole Porterhouse Steak
                  horace silver-dollar pancakes

                  Horseradish-Chive Samba Sauce

                  Ice cream Konitz
                  Jack (Walrath) and Coke
Jayme Stone-crabs
                  Jellyroll Morton
                  Jim Black and Tan

                  Jim White Chocolate Cake

                  Jim White Russian

                  Jimmie Heath Bar

Jimmy corn on the Cobb

                  Jimmy Heath Bar

                  Joe Locke's and Bagels

                  Joe Pass the Butter
                  John Lake Trout
                  Jonathan Kreis-burger

                  Keith Oxman-tail soup
                  Keith Spare-Ribs

                  Kells Nollenburger

Kenny Burrell-to
                  Kenny Carrot

                  Kenny Dor-HAM
                  Lee Morgan-zolla
                  Lemon and Olive-r Nelson Relish

                  Lemon-Pepper Adams Rub
                  Lenny White bread

                  Leroy oil and Vinegar dressing

                  Liza Martini

                  Long Island Iced Teagarden
Louis Prima-Rib
                  Louise Duncan Donuts
Mango Reinhardt
                  Marcus Miller Lite

                  Max Poached eggs
                  Max Roach Motel
                  Melba Toast Liston

                  Meyer Peterson

                  Milanesa Davis
Mingus Dew
Monte Cristo Alexander
                  Mrs. Sco-fields cookies

                  Mulgrew Miller-Light

Nat King Cole Slaw
Oscar Petit Fours
                  Panko-Crusted Fish Sticks with a Herb Alpert Dipping Sauce

                  Pate Metheny
                  Paul McKee Lime Pie
                  Peanuts Butter Hucko

                  Peter Potat-Erskines

                  Phil Woods-Roasted Striped Gene Bass
Philly Joe cheese steak

                  Quiche Lorraine Gordon

                  Reginald Veal

                  Rick Margharizta

                  Roberta Tortellini

                  Rosemary Clooney

                  Roy Hard-boiled-eggs

 Ryan Fourtune cookies

                  Ryan Kisor-Roll
                  Sex on a Doug Beach

Shirley Temple Scott
                  Sidney Beignet

                  Sliders Hampton
                  Sonny Fortune-cookie

                  Split-Pee Wee Russell Soup

                  Steve whippled-cream pie
                  Tacos al Pastorius

                  Tart Lande

                  Tequila Sun Ras

                  Thelonious Sphere Monkfish

                  Tina Turnips

Tom and Jerry Mulligan
Tommy, Flan? Again!?

                  Turkey a la King Oliver

                  Vijay Irish-potatoes

                  Vincent herring
                  Warne Marsh-mallow Ice Cream Konitz
                  Wayne Shorte-Ribs

                  Wilbur tupper-Ware

                  Wonder-Bread

                  Wonton Kelly
                  Wynton Marsalad
                  Yawn Gunther