Matt Munisteri’s Totally Awesome Quartet
Matt Munisteri – guitar, Joe Barbato – piano/accordion, Danton Boller – bass, Ben Perowsky – drums
Matt Munisteri is a singer, a songwriter, and a nationally recognized guitarist whose wide-ranging work in the Jazz and American Roots idioms has put this native New Yorker on the road in the US and around the world for the past two decades. Whether swinging out on songs both funny and poignant with his own bands; testing his chops with virtuosos like violinist Mark O’Connor; lighting up recordings by singer-songwriters like Loudon Wainwright or Kat Edmonson; or delving into deep cuts from the American songbook with iconic jazz singers like “Little” Jimmy Scott and Catherine Russell, Munisteri is always dazzling and funky, bluesy and rhapsodic, and reliably beyond category.
“One of New York’s top vintage guitar stylists” – Downbeat Magazine
“A present-day ironist with a pre-war heart” – The New Yorker
“Jazz musicians aren’t supposed to write lyrics that good…bands like this are why you move to New York” – The Village Voice
“recalls a time when instrumental virtuosity, harmonic sophistication, bucolic storysongs, and a straightforward emotional delivery were not mutually exclusive” – Acoustic Guitar Magazine