In some cases the island that jazz finds itself on is isolated and self deprecating due to its alienating of outside influences. Jazz that embraced and reinterpreted forms alien to its own (I.e. Miles Davis + psychedelic rock, Dave Bruebeck + Hungarian Folk, John Coltrane + Indian Raga, Grant Green + funk-R&B, etc.) distinguished itself as legendary. Our own history as Mattson 2 follows this model of embracement. In our compositions, the love of one form effects the love of the other. Disparate sounds work to create an identity. Jazz is the inspiration behind Jazzilla. With multiple genres and mediums in tow, the experience is realized.
On every third Wednesday of the month the Mattson 2 along with The Spare Room, Hollywood take on a collaborative experience dubbed "Jazzilla." It is a night curated by Mattson 2 that is rooted in jazz that encompasses many different genres past, present, and future. Jazzilla mission is not to just recycle old jazz tunes or showcase a tradition in the fashion of a museum piece. That is why each month will be honed and curated via a chosen theme and a highlighted artist whose aesthetics extend into our world. It is not a night to prove one's virtuosity or demonstrate an expansive knowledge of Jazz repertoire. The theme will extended into the night, showcasing and influencing a Mattson 2 performance, a DJ set, drink creations, guest performers, visuals, and more. It's everything WE would want from a jazz night . . . we hope you dig.
Mattson 2's Jazzilla #1
October 15: Eddie Harris and his Electric Space
Featured Artist: Eddie Harris (b:1934-d:1996)
Featured tunes: Listen Here and Essence of Matter (arranged and performed by Mattson 2)
DJ set by Ako and Atiba Jefferson (also identical twins)
About our featured artist: Eddie-freakout-tronics! Captain of the spacious echo in jazz. Mastered the perfect blend between known and unknown, worldly and other-worldly, acoustic and electric, humor and beauty. Embracer of many forms. A multi-instrumentalist pushing jazz beyond the confines of a tradition. Eddie who? Eddie Harris.
Be prepared to get you minds blown by a special Jazz Vinyl Dj set by identical twin brothers Ako and Atiba Jefferson…Channeling the masterful electric sounds of Mr. Eddie Harris and other Jazz greats.