Matt Garrison

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Matt Garrison
Background information
Birth nameMatthew Justin Garrison
Born (1970-06-02) June 2, 1970 (age 53)
New York City, New York, U.S.
GenresJazz, jazz fusion
Occupation(s)Musician, record producer, label owner
Instrument(s)Bass guitar, double bass
Years active1991–present
LabelsGarrison Jazz

Matthew Justin Garrison (born June 2, 1970)[1] is an American jazz bassist.[2]

Since 2011, he has run ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, New York, with Fortuna Sung.[3] Described by the New York Times as "an electric bass virtuoso", he has toured with Herbie Hancock.[3]

His 2000 debut album, Matthew Garrison, was described by Bass Player magazine as having "raised the bar" for electric bass players.[4][5]

In 2010, Garrison toured with R&B singer Whitney Houston during her Nothing but Love World Tour.[6]

Early life and pre-solo career[edit]

The son of Jimmy Garrison (bassist with: Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane) and modern dancer Roberta Escamilla Garrison, Matthew spent much of his childhood in Rome, Italy. In 1988, he returned to the U.S. to live with his godfather, Jack DeJohnette, with whom he recorded.[7]

In 1989, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston on a scholarship and began to play professionally. In 1994, he moved to New York City where he regularly performed and recorded with Gary Burton, Rashied Ali, Ravi Coltrane, Gil Evans Orchestra, Steve Coleman, Vernon Reid, Chaka Khan, Joni Mitchell, Joe Zawinul, The Saturday Night Live Band, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Pino Daniele and Wayne Krantz.[8]


As leader or co-leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]


  1. ^ Gilbert, Mark (2002). "Garrison, Matthew (Justin)". In Barry Kernfeld (ed.). The new Grove dictionary of jazz, vol. 2 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries. pp. 18–19. ISBN 1561592846.
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Matthew Garrison". AllMusic. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Chinen, Nate (May 30, 2013). "Improvised Music at a Purposeful Home". New York Times.
  4. ^ Matthew Justin Garrison, ShapeShifter, Accessed April 10, 2023.
  5. ^ Matthew Garrison: Core Matter, Accessed April 10, 2023.
  6. ^ Garrison, Remembering Life On The Road With Whitney Houston, Accessed April 10, 2023.
  7. ^ Jack DeJohnette biography. Accessed April 10, 2023.
  8. ^ "Matthew Garrison: Born to the Bass", Accessed April 10, 2023.
  9. ^ Matthew Garrison, Accessed April 10, 2023.
  10. ^ Dipietro, Phil (August 12, 2004). "Matt Garrison: Matt Garrison: Shapeshifter". All About Jazz. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  11. ^ Patterson, Ian (January 24, 2011). "Matthew Garrison: Shapeshifter Live 2010 Part 1". All About Jazz. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  12. ^ Walters, John L. (March 25, 2005). "Meshell Ndegeocello | Natural Fake | A View From the Edge". The Guardian. Retrieved July 13, 2019.

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