The Matt Skellenger Group

  • The Matt Skellenger Group
  • Genre
    Jazz
  • Date
    Saturday 08/13/2016
  • Time
    5:05 PM - 5:40 PM
  • Place
    Old Town Square Stage
  • Fusing elements of jazz and world music, The Matt Skellenger Group creates a rhythmically rich and lushly melodic sound. The group has released three albums and performed on many stages across the Front Range in the last ten years.

    Electric bassist Matt Skellenger has always been an exception to the rule. By combining forward-thinking creativity, progressive techniques and natural musicality, Skellenger displays a uniquely identifiable sound. Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Skellenger has been composing, performing and recording in the Front Range for over 23 years.

    Skellenger's fierce dedication to the electric bass led him to attend Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten's Bass at the Beach Workshop in 2004, as well as six of Victor Wooten's Bass Nature Camps from 2004–2010. These camps gave him first-hand experience studying with Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey and Chuck Rainey, who are full-time instructors at the camps and some of the most influential musicians to ever play the electric bass.

    The Matt Skellenger Group performed sold-out CD release shows at Dazzle Jazz Club in 2009, 2013 and 2014. They also performed at New Belgium's Tour de Fat in Denver 2012–2014.

    The versatility of Skellenger's playing can be heard in a variety of genres, including solo bass, jazz quintet, modern rock power trios, folk, Americana, funk, blues and pop groups. In 2003, Skellenger released his first solo bass album "On My Way Home." In 2009, "Parentheticals" was released and featured Ron Miles, Dave Miller and Andy Skellenger. The group's second release in April 2013, "The Owls Are Not What They Seem," features pedal steel guitar player Glenn Taylor. Trombonist Adam Bartczak joined the group for the third album "New Radio" released in November 2014. Skellenger is also a music teacher at Swallow Hill Music School and currently a member of The Grown A$$ Man Band.