Nilson Matta is a Brazilian bassist and composer. He has been based in New York City since 1985. He is also known for his work with Trio Da Paz, Don Pullen’s African Brazilian Connection, Joe Henderson, and Yo Yo Ma.
Matta is continually focused on passing on his talents and experiences to the next generation of young bassists. He is a member of the International Society of Bassists and often appears as a featured guest and performer at their conventions. Matta is also well known for his teaching ability, which has been showcased in different settings around the world.
His first release on Motéma Music was 2011’s Mojave, on which he joined forces with guitarist Roni Ben Hur for an outing that was lauded by Jazz Times for its “smart and sophisticated interplay.” In 2012, he reunited with pianist Helio Alves and drummer Duduka da Fonseca in The Brazilian Trio, for the critically acclaimed Constelaçao, the follow-up to the group’s 2008 Grammy®-nominated CD, Forests. Allmusic.com called the album “A highlight of Brazilian jazz,” and Musica Brasileira raved about its “awe-inspiring arrangements and performances.”
Don’t miss Nilson Matta & Brazilian Voyage at the Jazz Forum March 1 and 2 featuring special guest trumpeter Brian Lynch, with Fabiana Masili, vocals (Fri), Dave Stryker, guitar (Sat), Helio Alves, piano and Marcello Pelleteri, drums.