MATTHEW KAMINSKI

Soul Jazz / Pop/Art Song/Folk / Hard Bop • United States
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Hailing from Chicago, IL, Matthew Kaminski began studying the organ since the age of five. While studying with jazz pianist, Gordon James, Matthew was accepted into the University of Arizona’s (Tucson, AZ) Jazz Studies department as a pianist. While in Tucson, he studied jazz piano with Jeffrey Haskell and Mike Eckroth, as well as classical piano with Dr. Suzanne Knosp. Matthew performed in the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo, and attended various master classes, including one by Wynton Marsalis. The Jazz Ensemble performed with a variety of special guests, including vibraphone/marimba musicians Dave Samuels and Dave Friedman.

Transferring to Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA) in 1998, Matthew studied jazz and classical piano with Dr. Geoffrey Haydon and was the principle pianist in the Georgia State Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, and also performed with the Jazz Choir and Wind Ensemble. During that time, he attended master classes by Lynne Arialle, Phil Markowitz,
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MATTHEW KAMINSKI Taking My Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Taking My Time
Soul Jazz 2010
MATTHEW KAMINSKI Stadium Organ Sounds album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stadium Organ Sounds
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2013
MATTHEW KAMINSKI Swingin' on the New Hammond album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Swingin' on the New Hammond
Soul Jazz 2014

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MATTHEW KAMINSKI Live at Churchill Grounds album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Live at Churchill Grounds
Hard Bop 2016

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MATTHEW KAMINSKI Live at Churchill Grounds

Live album · 2016 · Hard Bop
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Matthew Kaminski is a jazz organist with an interesting ‘day job’, he plays the stadium organ for the Atlanta Braves, supplying all the well known baseball ballpark clichés that are as a much a part of the game’s tradition as the seventh inning stretch. On his new album, “Live at Churchill Grounds”, Matthew and his quartet play the music they are known for playing at jazz clubs, funky soul-jazz and swingin hard bop grooves. Kaminski displays the sort of Jimmy Smith/Groove Holmes type riffs we expect from a soul-jazz B3 player, but he also shows some influence from Hammond based jazz rockers like Tom Coster and Brian Auger. Matthew is a great soloist, but he is almost upstaged by the fiery tenor work of Will Scruggs, a great blues based player in the Stanley Turrentine and Grover Washington tradition. They are also joined by vocalist Kimberly Gordon for about half the set.

This CD opens strong with a lengthy jam on the Beach Boy’s “Sail on Sailor”, which is followed by their top track, a James Brown influenced up-tempo funk number called “Hot Dog”. “Midnight Special” follows with another blues groove, and then its time for Kimberly to join the band for the next six tracks. Kimberly is a remarkable singer with a strong personality, Kurt Elling calls her “the ultimate swing lovers singer”, but the music definitely changes when she joins the band. With Gordon in front of the quartet, the high energy funkiness is replaced with a more easy going swing feel, which is a more suitable backing for her vocals. The solos from the instrumentalists are also much briefer during the vocal numbers. After Kimberly’s six numbers, the band closes with a Jack McDuff classic, “A Real Goodun”.

In many ways, the instrumental and vocal tracks on here almost seem like two different bands. If you are looking for the one-two punch of Kaminski’s B3 and Kimberly’s vocals, then you have come to the right place, but if you want to hear only Matthew’s B3 chops, then you might want to check out one of his earlier studio albums. On an interesting side note, Kaminski also has an album out where he plays popular baseball stadium clichés on a ballpark Hammond, a great album for people looking for classic samples in that tradition.

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