Matt Booth is a bassist, composer, and educator based in New Orleans. Over the last decade, he has worked continuously in a wide range of groups and in various musical styles, both in the city and around the country. Presently, he is a co-leader of the piano trio Extended, leads his own group Palindromes, as well as the guitar trio Some Antics. He has performed at many of the area’s standout festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, and the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival; performs regularly at noteworthy clubs in New Orleans, including Snug Harbor, Tipitinas, and the Spotted Cat; and has toured the country performing at such significant events as South by Southwest and the Rochester International Jazz Festival. As word has spread about Booth’s considerable skills and tireless work ethic, he is increasingly in demand by some of New Orleans’s most revered musicians. In addition to his regular groups, he performs nationally as a member of the band led by celebrated New Orleans R&B organist/pianist John “Papa” Gros. Since moving to New Orleans in 2015, Booth has performed with such artists as Aurora Nealand, Brian Haas, Cyrille Aimee, Carl LeBlanc, Irma Thomas, John Sinclair, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Steve Masakowski, Panorama Jazz Band, and Squirrel Nut Zippers’ Tom Maxwell. As his impressive list of accomplishments attests, Booth shines as both a leader and sideman. His success is attributable not simply to his mastery of his instrument, but also to his warm and casual manner that makes him a pleasure to work with, along with his abiding conviction that the musician's first responsibility is to serve the music.
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