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Born and raised in Denver, CO., Matt Skellenger has been composing, performing, recording, and teaching in Colorado for 30 years. Matt earned a B.A. in Music from Metro State University in 2002 where he studied with the great Ron Miles. Matt has also studied with world-renowned bassist and educator Victor Wooten. In addition to leading his own group, Skellenger performs solo, duo, and in the Grown Ass Man Band. He has also been a music teacher at Swallow Hill since 2008. Matt Skellenger Group has released 7 albums of original music. The most recent release, Subspace Transmission, was released on 3/8/23 and is dedicated to Ron Miles.

“Subspace Transmission is dedicated to our bandmate, mentor, and friend Ron Miles. It was released on March 8, 2023; one year after Ron’s passing. This 12-track album features 2 of Ron’s compositions, and his incredible playing is also featured on 2 tracks. The artwork for the album was done by Ron’s son Honor Miles. Ron Miles, We Love and Thank You.” – Matt

Ron was an original member of the Skellenger group from 2006-2014, and he is featured on the group’s first 3 albums. During that time, Matt and Ron performed a handful of duo concerts together.

Matt Reid and Matt Skellenger have been performing as a duo since 2016.

Matt Reid is a trumpet player from Washington State, who relocated to Colorado in 2014 and joined the Matt Skellenger Group in 2016. Matt earned his B.A. in Music from Washington State University in 2006 with special studies at William Paterson in New Jersey where he had the chance to study with Mulgrew Miller, Bill Mobley, Greg Yasinitsky, and Horace Alexander-Young. Matt has been fortunate to share the performance stage with Russell Malone, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, and more. Matt brings an energetic and dynamic approach to trumpet performance, and leverages effects pedals and loops to create a truly unique voice that has added another sound dimension to traditional jazz trumpet playing. Matt can be heard on the last three Matt Skellenger recordings: Subspace Transmission, South Ivy 3, and Vitality.

This performance will feature selections from Heaven, the duo album by Ron Miles and Bill Frisell, a few more tunes from Ron’s extensive catalog, and some original music written by Matt Skellenger.


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The Songwriting of Ron Miles: Matt Skellenger + Matt Reid Duo


March 22
9:30 pm
$15 – $25


1080 14th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 839-5100

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