Jazz Is: Now – Liany Mateo Quintet – Curated by Liany Mateo

2024 Jazz Is: Now Curatorial Fellow Liany Mateo will introduce her voice as a bandleader to the museum and its community.  Honoring the music of artists like Abbey Lincoln, Geri Allen, Roy Hargrove and Ray Brown, this concert will feature Mateo’s favorite compositions highlighting the values in jazz: storytelling, groove and the blues.

Zoe Obadia – Alto Sax
Akili Bradley – Trumpet
Anthony Pearlman – Piano
Christian McGhee – Drums
Liany Mateo – Bass

About Liany Mateo

Liany Mateo has traveled across the globe performing, touring, and teaching music. Influenced by a mix of hard-hitting straight-ahead swing, Free Avant Garde, and music with deep pocket groove.

Mateo is the bassist for Arturo O’Farrill’s “Legacies” album recorded on Blue Note records. Mateo was also featured on the PBS television show “NEXT at the Kennedy Center”, as a featured artist introduced as Christian McBride’s Protege.

She has performed with musicians such as Regina Carter, Geoffrey Keezer, Matthew Whitaker, Carl Allen, Steve Wilson, Fay Victor, and Brandee Younger. She holds a Jazz degree from the esteemed Michigan State University (2020) and a Master’s degree from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute(2021). In 2023 she won the esteemed “Next Jazz Legacy” Award and grant through New Music USA, led by Terri Lyne Carrington. You can find her playing across NYC’s most notable venues.


About the Jazz Is: Now Curatorial Fellowships

Since its founding, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem has provided young artists with opportunities to perform as well as curate concerts and events. NJMH Artistic Director Christian McBride started curating performances and presentations at the Museum in 2006, and Artistic Director Jon Batiste began in 2010 while a student at Juilliard.  The excitement and energy those events brought to our community inform our current programming and creative vision. As Christian and Jon became globally recognized jazz ambassadors, the Museum continued to provide emerging artists with career-enhancing opportunities to curate events at the Museum.  In 2022, we formalized this initiative as the Jazz Is: Now Curatorial Fellowships, with generous funding from the New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship Program.  Our third cohort of Jazz Is: Now Curatorial Fellows includes bassist Liany Mateo and pianist Luther Allison.

Liany and Luther will be performing and curating a variety of events at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem throughout 2024.

Thu, Mar 21
7:00 pm

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