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Point Richmond Jazz presents Matt Eakle and Friends
Point Richmond Jazz
Point Richmond, CA
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Point Richmond Jazz presents Matt Eakle and Friends
Native Point Richmond flute virtuoso, Matt Eakle and his band will bring in the holiday season with fine Flute Jazz promising music with a deep groove and full of joyful passion to celebrate the holidays!

We can put it no better than Tina Arnopole Driskill at Sunday Afternoons at CBS:
"Matt Eakle's flute playing is flawless, high energy, flat-out gorgeous - simply one of the best flutists on big blue marble earth! The supremely talented flutist of the David Grisman Quintet, and his equally talented band, take their music into the stratosphere of groove sounds, leaving their audiences both satiated and ready for more."

Matt Eakle and his flute have been blowing crowds out of their chairs and onto their feet since 1989 as the first wind player to share the front line with David Grisman in the David Grisman Quintet. Hes featured on 14 Acoustic Disc CDs with the DGQ, Jerry Garcia, Enrique Coria, and as the leader of his own jazz trio on the CD, Flute Jazz. On these and hundreds of other recordings, Matt takes peoples preconceived notions of what a flute can do and blows them inside out.

Since the beginning of his professional career in 1976, Matt has performed in rock and jazz bands as well as symphonic, ballet and opera orchestras. In 1978 he met jazz guitarist and professor of classical guitar at S.F. State University, Davis Ramey, with whom he performed in a duo for 30 years. They added cellist, Mark Summer, of the Turtle Island String Quartet, and as Trio Con Brio, were known both as consummate jazz improvisors, and interpreters of classical masterpieces.

Matt appears on 4 CDs with Jerry Garcia including the Grammy nominated 'So What' with Garcia/Grisman. His other Grammy nominated recordings are 'Simple Pleasures' with banjo virtuoso, Alison Brown, and 'Dawg 90' with the David Grisman Quintet. You can also hear Matt featured on Chris Isaaks recording, 'Notice the Ring,' and on the bass flute providing a mellow setting for Bonnie Raitts 'Home.' He performed with the mariachi group, Los Camperos, in Linda Ronstadts theatrical production, 'Mas Canciones de Mi Padre.'

Matts ability to mimic the sounds of Japanese, Arabic, Native American, and East Indian flutes with the silver flute is unique. His note bending, growls, singing, percussive sounds and circular breathing combine to create an alchemy which transforms the silver flute into bamboo, cedar or ebony. You can hear this in Matts recordings with Indian tabla master, Zakir Hussain, Japanese koto virtuoso, Shirley Muramoto, Arabic percussionist, Vince Delgado and Pakistani singer, Afqat Ali Khan.

Matt has also performed and recorded with new age piano pioneer, Suzanne Ciani, and toured Europe and Asia as a member of her group, The Wave. Their DVD, Suzanne Ciani and the Wave, is often used in Public Television membership drives.

His involvement in the fight to preserve the Headwaters Forest led Matt to produce the Headwaters Project, a compilation of music evocative of, or inspired by the wilderness. Paul Winter, David Grisman, Zakir Hussain, Norton Buffalo and Paul McCandless are just a few of the incredible musicians with whom Matt collaborated on this project.

Matt recently worked with Darryl Cherney as Musical Director of the documentary film 'Who Bombed Judi Bari?.' His flute can also be heard in the critically acclaimed documentary 'The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.'


Point Richmond Jazz (View)
201 Martina St.
Point Richmond, CA 94801
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > Funk
Music > Jazz

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Jazz'N'theViolin Productions
On BPT Since: Apr 27, 2013
Kit Eakle

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