A new recording is on the way.
A new website is in the works, too.
Something to Say is scheduled for early September release.
I’m very proud of the new recording, which will be available through all major sites and streaming services. Check out the video below and audio clips that follow for a taste of the music and vibe in the studio that day.
Joining me on this project are some of my favorite musicians and people:
Vincent Herring alto sax
David Kikoski piano
Ugonna Okegwo bass
Johnathan Blake drums
Mark Gross tenor sax
Bill Mobley trumpet
We recorded 9 tunes at Sear Sound, NYC, with Katherine Miller presiding at the recording console. The instrumentation varies across tunes, from quartet to septet, with several solo interludes along the way.
Peter Leitch’s New Life Ensemble recording project.
Peter assembled a great band a few years back to work on his music for a unique 14-piece ensemble, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. We performed around town, then went into the studio to record at Oktaven Audio in Mount Vernon, New York.
Stay tuned for the release date! I’ll be updating here.
Meanwhile, check out Peter’s site, where you can explore his recorded legacy as a world-class guitarist and composer, and find your way to his beautiful photography.
A new track from Bill Mobley.
Bill asked me to play on Please Stay Cool in the summer of 2019, released as a one-off on Spotify. Bill’s music is always imbued with soul and intelligence, whether he’s composing, arranging, or playing trumpet. Several years ago, I had the pleasure of playing his brilliant music for big band regularly, when he was in residence at Smoke Jazz Club. Brilliant!
The new, full website should be up in July. Come back and visit!
New-York based jazz trombonist Matt Haviland has been in demand as a performer and featured soloist with some of the top names in jazz since the early 1980s. Credits include work with the Illinois Jacquet Big Band, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Maria Schneider, Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra, and the Mingus Big Band, among others. He is a regular member of several ensembles in the New York area, notably the Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra, Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra, Peter Leitch’s New Life Orchestra, and Diane Moser’s Composer’s Big Band, where he and several other composers in the band have helped Diane bring new music for big band to the public for the past 23 years. Matt can also be seen leading his own ensembles, often featuring his own compositions and arrangements.
“Haviland’s expressive command and eloquent phrasing are unerringly on target”– Forrest Dylan Bryant, JazzTimes
"Haviland’s compositions are well crafted, with catchy melody lines, exciting intros, great changes and very tasteful arrangements”– Paul Youngman, JazzReview.com