Greta Matassa
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GRETA MATASSA — full bio

"Matassa's performance was a marvel of virtuosity."
Los Angeles Times

"Boppish, Snappy and conversational"- Downbeat Magazine

"One of the best jazz vocalists we have to boast about these days "
John Clayton

"Worldly, gentle, bold, dynamic, Favorites From a Long Walk is a gift for the heart. Greta Matassa is one of America's finest singers, and stands firmly among the best in today's jazz."
Jazz Review

"Greta Matassa moves from triumph to triumph"
—Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times, Vox CD Reviews

Seattle native Greta Matassa is one of the countries most talented and popular jazz singers. With hints of Ella, Sarah, Billie and Carmen, Greta is increasingly recognized as a unique voice in jazz.

In 2009, Greta Matassa was voted "Northwest Vocalist of the Year" by Earshot Jazz. This marks the sixth time she has received this award in 15 years.
Greta's latest cd "I Wanna be Loved" on Resonance Records remained on the national jazz charts for radio airplay for 3 months.
This new release features arrangements by Tamir Hendelman.She is surrounded by a host of top LA musicians and string orchestrations.

She has released eight other CD's. Among them are:  "The Smiling Hour" Origin (2008) "Favorites from a Long Walk" Origin (2005), "Greta Matassa and Mimi Fox, Two for the Road" a live concert available on DVD and CD from Origin (2003), "All This and Heaven Too, Greta Matassa Live at Bake’s Place" on Origin Records.

Her rapport with an audience, lively, spontaneous and humorous one moment and touchingly introspective the next, consistently wins praise from fans and critics alike. And several of her sold out concerts in Beverly Hills are available for viewing on YouTube.

Her versatility is evident in the variety of collaborations and performances she’s been featured in these last ten years:

"Light Out of Darkness" a tribute to Ray Charles.

"That Shearing Sound" the music of George Shearing as recorded with Peggy Lee.

featuring Susan Pascal vibrophone.

''Blossom Time" a tribute to Blossom Dearie

"Ella and Billie" a one-woman tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.

"By Request" an evening of the audience’s favorite requested standards.

"Voices of Jazz, Danced" a tribute to 14 of the great jazz vocalists of the 20th century.

"Zirkus Weill" the works of Kurt Weill, with the Pacific Northwest Ballet.

"Tribute to Duke Ellington" with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of Kurt Weill’s "The Seven Deadly Sins".

Concerts with the Seattle Men’s Chorus and many of the areas finest big bands, such as the Bill Ramsey/ Milt Kleeb Big Band with Pete Christlieb, as well as regular concert and nightclub appearances with her own jazz group and noted area players.

She has appeared on many of the areas familiar stages:

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Tula's and Bakes Place (All three voted among the top 100 jazz clubs in the country!) the Seattle Opera House, Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center, the Kirkland Performing Arts Center, Benaroya Hall, Port Townsend Jazz Festival, Washington Performing Arts Center, ,Teatro ZinZanni, Bumbershoot, as well as many of the areas smaller performing arts centers, and Seattle night clubs

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Greta has been a mainstay on Seattle's Jazz stages for many years and with her recent tours of Russia, Singapore and Hawaii and Japan, Greta's sound is now reaching new audiences.

Greta is also one the most respected jazz educators in the country. She teaches privately and regularly does master classes and clinic work with aspiring singers.

What the critics are saying:

        "She can give Ms. Streisand a run for it!-- Seattle Times


        "Matassa is a Seattle treasure." ---Seattle Times


        "Her scatting is as confident, nimble an energetic as Ella's and her phrasing is hip like Nancy Wilson's" -Earshot Jazz

"Echoing Rosie Clooney’s natural warmth and Nancy Wilson’s impeccable phrasing, Matassa moves from triumph to triumph" 
—Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

"The thing that’s really impressive about her is her versatility. She has a fearlessness in approaching material that makes her like an instrumentalist in a jam session. At the same time she can croon a ballad that will break your heart."
—Jim Wilke, host of nationally syndicated Jazz After Hours on PRI

"Ella and Billie" is Matassa’s tour de force" 
—Roberta Penn, Seattle P-I

"Here Greta has captured the true essence of her gift, live performance." Jazz Times calls the CD, "as cozy as a fireside brandy on a rainy Northwest night."

"Her pitch, her phrasing, her ability to find the groove and swing it place her in the company of Ernestine Anderson and Dianne Schuur." 
—Joseph Murphy, Earshot Jazz

"A vocal chameleon herself, Matassa can sound husky or crisp, ebullient or wailing, girlish or jaded. She recalls Billie Holiday in one phrase and Cleo Laine the next."
—Misha Berson, The Seattle Times

"There was Matassa herself, whose voice can ping-pong along the highest riffs and effortlessly belt down to the darkest whiskey tones."  
—Mary Murfin Baily, The Seattle Times

"…She’s so light-hearted and humorous. Her musicianship is so meticulous. Her voice is so lovely. Her stylings are so precise and detailed." 
—Joe Adcock, The Seattle Times

"Purists might argue there will never be another Ella or Billie. These cats have obviously never heard Greta Matassa!"  
The Seattle Times

"Matassa is worth a sizable price of admission wherever and whenever she sings!"
—Rick Nelson, The Tacoma News Tribune

"Greta Matassa is a powerful, distinctive vocalist. Seemingly limitless as to what jazz form she can master"  
The Seattle Times

"Vocalist Greta Matassa can do Ella and get away with it! It’s not mimicry, it’s talent, and it’s only part of a much greater gift."  
The Seattle Times

Fees for performances can vary depending on location and number of musicians required. Please inquire if interested.  For booking information call Greta at 206-941-2770 or visit her web site at gretamatassa.com.

Greta Matassa
3848 48th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98116   
206-941-2770

    
gretamatassa.com

 
 

 
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