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The Dwonztet Single Release

June 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Matt Dwonszyk – bass
Shenel Johns – vocals
Kris Allen – alto saxophone
Andrew Renfroe – guitar
Taber Gable – piano
Jonathan Barber – drums

The members of the Dwonztet have been performing together for the past 10 years and you can hear it in their sound. All hailing from the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz, each member has put his or her stamp on the jazz scene today. Together, they have created a beautiful record reflecting on a very difficult time. This performance at the Buttonwood Tree will be one of the first concerts showcasing this new music.

Matt Dwonszyk is an accomplished bassist, composer, arranger and educator from Rocky Hill, CT. Dwonszyk graduated from the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz studying under his mentor and world-renowned bassist, Nat Reeves and then went on to receive his Masters degree from SUNY Purchase College. Based in Brooklyn, NY since 2015, Dwonszyk still frequents back home to Connecticut to perform and teach.

Throughout his career, Dwonszyk has performed and recorded with numerous contemporaries as well as legendary jazz artists including Steve Davis, Harold Mabern, Jazzmeia Horn, Bennie Wallace, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Herlin Riley among many others. In 2018, Dwonszyk toured through Russia apart of the Rainy Days Jazz Festival and in 2019 he toured through Canada with the Oleg Butman Trio. His last tour was in 2020 with Jonathan Barber and Vision Ahead through the West Coast of the U.S. He frequently performs at some of the top jazz clubs in New York City including Smalls Jazz Club, Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club, Smoke and The Blue Note.

Dwonszyk’s debut recording, “Wonderful World”, was released May of 2019 and his second record, “A Year and a Day” is scheduled to be released June of 2022. He performs with his group, the Dwonztet, featuring some of the top jazz musicians on the scene today.
Dwonszyk has been on faculty at Manchester Community College since 2019 teaching Jazz Bass. He teaches jazz history at Central Connecticut College and is an adjunct faculty member at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz. He also teaches privately throughout New England.


June 10
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center
605 Main Street
Middletown, CT
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(860) 347-4957

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