Biography: Grandpa Musselman & His Syncopators
Grandpa Musselman & His Syncopators is a New York City musical group performing masterpieces from the first generation of jazz.
Founded in 2006 by trombonist Matt Musselman, the ensemble consists of Manhattan School of Music graduates assembled in a classic New Orleans configuration (trumpet, trombone, soprano saxophone, piano, tuba and drums) exploring vintage repertoire spanning 1900s ragtime to 1950s swing.
In 2007 they were selected for the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Academy where they rehearsed and performed extensively under the mentorship of Christian McBride and Loren Schoenberg.
They have since established themselves as a professional working band through performances at the MoMA, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Montauk Club, the Zipper Factory Theatre, the South Street Seaport Museum, the Verdi Square Festival of the Arts, the Slipper Room, the Gershwin Hotel, Bryant Park, and Bargemusic.
As a result of their various gigs around the city they have developed several uniquely themed concerts programs which include Hotter Than That: The Music of Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives & Sevens, Rockin' In Rhythm: Early Ellington Classics, and In A Mist: Bix Beiderbecke and "Symphonic Jazz."
Working as a show band, they have collaborated with burlesque and cabaret artists in productions such as Visions of Weimar with Daniel Isengart, Shanghai Nights with Shien Lee, and Big Banana Burlesque with Kristen Tabutt.
Through all their efforts, Grandpa Musselman & His Syncopators seek to re-establish jazz as a popular American music that can enrich the lives of all people.
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