Matt Garrison

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Matthew Justin Garrison
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Background information
Birth nameMatthew Justin Garrison
Born (1970-06-02) June 2, 1970 (age 48)
New York City, New York, U.S.
GenresJazz, sound research, electronic, jazz fusion, world music
Occupation(s)Musician, Producer, Entrepreneur, Promoter, Founding Member of GarrisonJazz Productions, ShapeShifter Productions LLC, ShapeShifter Lab, ShapeShifter Plus Inc (501c3), FoJeMa Inc.
InstrumentsBass guitar, Double bass, Piano, Guitar
Years active1991–present
Associated actsJimmy Garrison, John Coltrane, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, Gary Burton, Joe Zawinul, John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Steve Coleman, Vernon Reid, Pino Daniele, Whitney Houston

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 and many others.[4]

His 2000 debut album, Matthew Garrison, was described by Bass Player magazine as having "raised the bar" for electric bass players.[5] He is considered one of the most technically gifted jazz musicians of his generation.[6]

In 2010, Garrison toured with R&B singer Whitney Houston during her Nothing but Love World Tour.[7]

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 States to live with his godmother Lydia DeJohnette and godfather Jack DeJohnette with whom he currently performs and records.[8] In 1989, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston on a full 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, The Gil Evans Orchestra, Steve Coleman, Vernon Reid, Chaka Khan, Joni Mitchell, Joe Zawinul, The Saturday Night Live Band, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Mike Stern and Wayne Krantz.[9]

Partial Discography[edit]


  1. ^ Gilbert, Mark (2002). "Garrison, Matthew (Justin)". In Barry Kernfeld. The new Grove dictionary of jazz, vol. 2 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. pp. 18–19. ISBN 1561592846.
  2. ^ Allmusic
  3. ^ Chinen, Nate. "Improvised Music at a Purposeful Home". New York Times.
  4. ^ nytimes ShapeShifter
  5. ^ Matthew Justin Garrison: ShapeShifter
  6. ^ Matthew Garrison: Core Matter
  7. ^ Garrison, Remembering Life On The Road With Whitney Houston.NPR Music News
  8. ^
  9. ^ Matthew Garrison: Born to the Bass |
  10. ^ Matthew Garrison: Matthew Garrison
  11. ^ Matt Garrison: Shapeshifter
  12. ^ Gary Husband @ All About Jazz
  13. ^ Alex Machacek/Jeff Sipe/Matthew Garrison: Improvision
  14. ^ Meshell Ndegeocello | Natural Fake | A View From the Edge | Culture | The Guardian
  15. ^ Matthew Garrison: Shapeshifter Live 2010 Part 1

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