Meet The Members
Composer/Double Bassist Matt Kendrick
is a North Carolina native from Winston-Salem, N.C. where he grew up, graduated from High School and attended The North Carolina School of the Arts for three years. He then moved to New York City in 1977 and stayed for four years playing in a multitude of Avant-Garde situations. He considers his time there a great education. After New York it was on to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for studies with Jazz educator, Jerry Coker and a stint in the Knoxville Symphony Bass section. Then it was back home to Winston-Salem where he has been since 1981. Matt has released five CDs, four on his own label Suitcase Music and one on Ichiban Records. On these recordings there are over forty compositions by Matt Kendrick. His CDs have have received air play as well as critical acclaim all over the United States, even appearing on national radio charts. He has also garnered many grants and fellowships. Matt won the North Carolina Jazz Composers Fellowship twice; 1988, 1994. He is the first person to win this large award ($5000 and $8000) two times. The Matt Kendrick Unit has played many festivals, museums, clubs and other functions all over the southeast. Matt Kendrick has appeared on Bass with: Marian McPartland, Gene Bertoncini, and JoAnne Brackeen who was a guest star with the Matt Kendrick Unit at the Carrboro ArtsCenter. The Unit also performed an exciting new work of Art/Jazz and Dance with the Wall Street DanceWorks in Asheville, NC at The Pack Place in spring 1994. Kendrick had a memorable performance with jazz greats Archie Shepp and Jaki Byard at SECCA in Winston-Salem, NC. Matt also scores music for films; his credits include "The Dark Power" (staring Lash LaRue) "The Darien Gap" (2nd place at the Sundance Festival) "Weather or Not" (5-minute film featuring Charles Neville). With performances at the American Contemporary Theater Festival , The Bele Chere Festival, At Secca with Amiri Baraka(aka Leroi Jones) and Craig Harris, and The Brevard Jazz Festival, Matt Kendrick continues a strong legacy of memorable concerts. Matt Kendrick is also an instructor at Wake Forest University in Applied Bass and Jazz Improvisation. He is happily married to his wife, Karen. They have four children: David, 20; Sarah, 16; Madeline, 11; and Liza, 6.
is a versatile pianist with a unique mastery of both classical and jazz styles. An active accompanist, chamber musician and teacher, he has made numerous recital appearances with his wife, flutist Debra Reuter-Pivetta and in 1995 they released their critically acclaimed CD, “Passion and Romance.” In February of 1999 they were winners of the Concert Artists Guild New York Competition, winning the Community Concerts Performance Prize. The year 2000 marked the beginning of an extensive concert tour across the United States. He has also accompanied renowned tenor saxophonist James Houlik in concerts across the United States, Caribbean and Europe. His collaborations with various jazz groups have resulted in several radio and television appearance and many recording projects. Other highlights include performances with jazz greats Ernie Watts, Reggie Workman, Al Jarreau and Arturo Sandoval. Mr. Pivetta is an active freelance musician and maintains a private teaching studio as well. Federico Pivetta earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the North Carolina School of the Arts and his teachers have included Eric Larsen, Anne Epperson and Barbara Lister-Sink.
For nearly 25 years John C.B. Wilson
has been exploring his love for music in bars, clubs, concert halls, dance studios, and recording spaces. He received a BM from The North Carolina School of the Arts and an MM from the Manhattan School of Music. As a percussionist John has performed with various bands, such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the As-Is Ensemble. He also regularly plays with local groups including Four for One, Ken Rhodes Trio, Muddy River Band, The Matt Kendrick Unit, Lean In, and The Carolina Chamber Symphony. In addition, John has taught music at many institutions including Davidson College, Pfeiffer University, Hartwick College Summer Music Festival, and the John Coltrane Jazz Workshop. Throughout the last decade John has been operating Spot Studio, a unique recording space constructed mostly with salvaged materials. At Spot John and his engineering partner, Chris Peck, have worked with artists such as The Martha Bassett Band, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Luminescent Orchestrii, The StoryLine Project, and Will and Deni Films featuring David Holt. Since 1998 John has found a creative home as an accompanist in the UNCSA Dance Department, where he is inspired on a daily basis through his work with students and faculty. John lives in downtown Winston-Salem with the love of his life, Dr. T. Sharee Fowler, their dog Henry, and two cats Scout and Aslan.
is an award-winning and critically acclaimed musician who embraces a unique and deep-rooted passion for the performance and teaching of music. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music
in Boston, MA.
He is the co-founder and Administrative Director of The Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra
, North Carolina's newest, most exciting and unique big band. Wally teaches at Gardner-Webb University
as Professor of Jazz Studies.
Wally also serves as music director and project coordinator for the John Coltrane Jazz Workshop
in High Point, NC, one of the state’s most successful summer jazz camps that will celebrate its 16th edition this summer. He also directs the Greensboro Youth Jazz Orchestra, a community performing initiative sponsored by the City of Greensboro throughout the school year.
His performing career has carried him all across the United States, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean, touring, recording, and performing with such popular acts as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Spinners, The O’Jays, Joe Williams, Lou Rawls, Michael Feinstein, Marvin Hamlisch, and Natalie Cole, as well as Arturo Sandoval, Branford Marsalis, Tony Bennett, Mercer Ellington, Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd, Carl Fontana, Bobby Shew, Ellis Marsalis, John Pizzarelli and numerous other jazz and popular artists. Additionally, he has also performed across the United States as a member of the USO Jazz Orchestra and the USAirways Jazz Orchestra, performing for presidents Gerald Ford, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, and countless other entertainment, political and military dignitaries. Wally performs regularly with the Greensboro, Winston-Salem and North Carolina Symphonies for their POPS Concert Series.
Wally is visible on the Motown, Summit, EMI, Rockhouse and New Moon record labels as a recording artist.
Wally's wife Cathy is the Coordinator of Music and Arts at Christ United Methodist Church in Greensboro, where they are members. Their son Aaron, is a freshman at Appalachian State University, majoring in Music Industries with a concentration in Recording and Music Production.