Matt Garrison

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Matthew Justin Garrison
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Background information
Birth nameMatthew Justin Garrison
Born (1970-06-02) June 2, 1970 (age 52)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion
Occupation(s)Musician, record producer, label owner
Instrument(s)Bass guitar, double bass
Years active1991–present
LabelsGarrison Jazz

Matthew Justin Garrison (born June 2, 1970) [1] is an American jazz bassist. [2]


Since 2011, he has run ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, New York, with Fortuna Sung. [3] Described by the New York Times as "an electric bass virtuoso", he has toured with Herbie Hancock. [4]

His 2000 debut album, Matthew Garrison, was described by Bass Player magazine as having "raised the bar" for electric bass players. [5] He is considered one of the most technically gifted jazz musicians of his generation. [6]

In 2010, Garrison toured with R&B singer Whitney Houston during her Nothing but Love World Tour. [7]

Early life and pre-solo career

The son of Jimmy Garrison (bassist with: Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane) and modern dancer Roberta Escamilla Garrison, Matthew spent much of his childhood in Rome, Italy. In 1988, he returned to the U.S. to live with his godfather Jack DeJohnette with whom he recorded. [8] In 1989, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston on a scholarship and began to play professionally. In 1994, he moved to New York City where he regularly performed and recorded with Gary Burton, Rashied Ali, Ravi Coltrane, Gil Evans Orchestra, Steve Coleman, Vernon Reid, Chaka Khan, Joni Mitchell, Joe Zawinul, The Saturday Night Live Band, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Mike Stern, and Wayne Krantz. [9]


As leader or co-leader

As sideman

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