Matthews, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in guitar performance and composition from the University of the Arts, has been playing guitar—and singing, composing and producing—since the age of 18 at locales that have included the Kimmel Center, Chris’ Jazz Café’ and Theater of the Living Arts.
His original compositions for large ensemble were featured as themes for Steven Starr’s Philadelphia Feastival in 2011, and at the Egyptian Exhibit within the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology that same year. He’s performed with keyboardist Noel Terrell (Musical Director for Pharrell and Snoop Dogg) at Citizen’s Bank Park and the Wells Fargo Center. Last year, he appeared at Jay-Z’s Budweiser: Made in America Festival with MTV’s GoGo Morrow. As a guitarist, he combines a superb technique with a variety of folk and classical musical influences. Gregory Matthews is currently working on a solo EP to be released this summer. Appearing with him on this Jazz Bridge program are bassist Jon Smith, drummer Mike Mahoney, and pianist Noel Terrell.
Remember that April is Jazz Month in the United States and all over the world, making this a more than appropriate time to support Jazz and all the Jazz Bridge events this month. Jazz Bridge is a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization dedicated to assisting area jazz and blues musicians in need. The Jazz Bridge in Old City Philadelphia program is one in a series at this venue, along with four other area locales. For more details, visit Jazz Bridge.