GRETA MATASSA is one of the most talented singers working in jazz today.
She has been voted “Northwest Vocalist of the Year” by Earshot Jazz seven times in 15 years! She was voted again, Vocalist of the Year in 2014 and honored with a lifetime achievment award and inducted into the Earshot Jazz Hall of Fame in 2014.
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“Matassa’s performance was a marvel of virtuosity.” —Los Angeles Times
In the Pacific Northwest, where she built her career, Greta Matassa wins wide acclaim; 7 times, the readers of Earshot, the Seattle jazz magazine, have voted her the best jazz vocalist in the Northwest.
She was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame in 2014. Jim Wilke, the Seattle jazz maven and host of the syndicated “Jazz After Hours” radio program, praises her versatility. “She has a fearlessness in approaching material,” Wilke says, “that makes her like an instrumentalist in a jam session.”
Bassist and producer John Clayton says “One of the best jazz singers we have to boast about these days.”
Her 40 year career has been a whirlwind of exciting opportunities and experiences. Over the last 20 years she has become established as one of the greatest jazz singers of her time. Working with top jazz musicians in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. In 2016 She was featured with bassist John Clayton’s group in a centennial tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.
She has recorded 11 CD’s. Her latest release “Portrait” on Origin Records is receiving rave reviews.
Her decision to start teaching was probably her greatest contribution to the future of the genre she loves so much. For the last 20 years Greta has become one of the most unique and respected educators in the field today. Offering individual lessons and mentorships as well as establishing loyal student bases from Seattle to Japan, From Alaska to Kauai, from Chicago to New York.
Greta travels extensively teaching and performing.
“The album (Portrait), closes with Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life.” All members of the quintet support Matassa and one another in what could become known as a definitive vocal version of that masterpiece.” —-Rifftides
“Boppish, snappy and conversational” —Downbeat
“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
” 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
For a longer biography and quotes, visit the Biography Page.
Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Lincoln Center, New York City; Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Oregon Coast Jazz Party,. Seattle; International Jazz Festival, Moscow, Russia; Rising Star Concert Series, Beverly Hills, CA; Jazz Camp West, La Honda CA, NAMM Museum of Making Music, Carlsbad, CA. All Angels’ Jazz Festivals in Lihui, Kauai and New Orleans, LA; Concerts in Osaka and Kyoto, Japan; Tula’s and Bake’s Place (both voted among the top 100 jazz clubs in the country!), Seattle; Seattle Opera House, Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center, Kirkland Performing Arts Center, Benaroya Hall, Port Townsend Jazz Festival, Washington Performing Arts Center, Teatro ZinZanni, Bumbershoot, as well as many of the area’s smaller performing arts centers and Seattle night clubs. Greta is also one the most respected jazz educators in the country, teaching privately and leading master classes and clinic work with aspiring singers.