Matt Gordy is one of the finest drummers in the country. He has honed his skills by playing across genres in some of the highest profile, most technically and artistically demanding venues and settings in the U.S. and around the world. Joined by his stellar musical compatriots, Be With Me is an exciting presentation of jazz playing and arranging at its best.
Matt Gordy has travelled down a long and winding road to become one of the first-call jazz drummers in Los Angeles, and now, after a successful, 40-year career, he is releasing his second CD, Be With Me. The album is a showcase for Gordy’s considerable talents as a drummer, arranger, and composer.
Be With Me comprises six standards and four compositions by Gordy, who also arranged the album. The album opens with Topsy,” written by Eddie Durham and made famous by Count Basie and Benny Goodman. Gordy’s arrangement was inspired by Oscar Peterson’s version of the tune that appeared on his Oscar Peterson Plays Count Basie recording. Gordy dedicates “You and the Night and the Music” to the late pianist Mulgrew Miller. The tune opens with a solo bass playing the verse followed by a brief solo on the drums and then followed by the horns playing in unison before each soloist gets their turn to improvise.
Matt Gordy is the guest on Neon Jazz, a radio program hosted by Joe Dimino in Kansas City, Missouri, that gives listeners a journey into one of America's finest inventions.
Listen to the podcast here.
who matt gordy has played with
Gladys Knight & The Pips, Aretha Franklin, Melba Moore, Donna Summer, Joel Grey, Joni Mitchell (Both Sides Now Tour), Richard Carpenter (The Carpenters), Michael Crawford, Regis Philbin, Brian Wilson (Pet Sounds Tour), Don Rickles, Donny Osmond (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Steve Lawrence & Edie Gorme, YES, Kansas, Peter Frampton/Zak Starr, Glen Campbell, Moody Blues, Englebert Humperdinck, Jim Bailey, Sheena Easton, Phillip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire), Jeffrey Osbourne, Three Irish Tenors, Wayne Brady, Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera, Shari Lewis, Petula Clark, Elvis-The Show, Vytas Brenner (Caracas, Venezuela), Patti LaBelle, Ann Murray, Al Martino, Jerry Vale, Trini Lopez
Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Dorothy Donegan, Mose Allison, Mark Murphy, George Mesterhazy, Rebecca Parris, Paul Broadnax, Jaki Byard, George Russell, Herb Pomeroy, Dick Johnson, Phil Wilson, Bob Sheppard, Bill Cunliffe, Bill Watrous, Bob Mover, Thad Jones, John Campbell, Azar Lawrence, Bob Mintzer, Nino Tempo, Jack Nimitz, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Carl Saunders, Steve Huffsteter, Ron Stout, Tom Ranier, Otmaro Ruiz, Frank Morroco, Barry Zweig, Freda Payne, Barbara Morrison, Med Flory, Chuck Berghofer, Henry Franklin, Richie Cole, Larry Koonse, Seth MacFarlane, Byron Stripling, Eliot Fisk, Diane Schuur, Pete Christlieb, Lewis Porter, Doug Webb, Ken Wild, Ran Blake, Ron Anthony, Chuck Findlay
Boston Symphony, Boston Pops Esplanade, Berkshire Music Center Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Opera, Sinfonova, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony, Boston Baroque, Alea III, Orquesta Sinfonica de Maracaibo (Maracaibo, Venezuela), Orquesta Municipal de Caracas (Caracas, Venezuela), Orquesta Philharmonia de Caracas Caracas, Venezuela), Ninos Cantores (Maracaibo, Venezuela), Portland Symphony, New Hampshire Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Gunther Schuller, Pierre Boulez, Edo de Waart, Keith Lockart, Arthur Fiedler, Mistlas Rostropovich, Aaron Copland, Sarah Caldwell, Eduardo Rahn (Maracaibo, Venezuela), Carlos Rizuelo (Caracas, Venezuela), Carlos Piantini (Caracas, Venezuela), Eduardo Maturet (Caracas, Venezuela)