Sasha Berliner & Matt Wong
Sasha Berliner & Matt Wong
SFJAZZ Legacy

Sasha Berliner & Matt Wong

OCT 14-17 | Vibes & Piano Duos

Oct 16, 2021
Joe Henderson Lab

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Original show description below.

Our third night of vibraphone and piano duos is a true homecoming of world-class artists whose careers have roots in SFJAZZ’s Education programs.

Two exceptional young musicians who embody the best of the Bay Area jazz scene, vibraphonist Sasha Berliner and pianist Matt Wong are San Francisco-reared players who’ve spent the past five years or so making waves in New York City.

Standout talents since their mid-teens, they first played together in the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars. Numerous awards, commissions, and honors followed, and in the process of forging distinctive musical identities they’ve earned widespread esteem as bicoastal improvisers, composers, and bandleaders. Berliner has also stepped forward as an important voice among women musicians fighting for equal access and respect. Her music makes its own case for due attention, as evidenced by her gorgeous album of original compositions Azalea, which is built around a brilliant young electro-acoustic quintet with Morgan Guerin on EWI, bassist Kanoa Mendenhall, pianist/keyboardist Chris McCarthy, drummer Jongkuk Kim, and Berliner on vibes, Hammond B-3, percussion and sampling. Wong has performed internationally with his trio, while also composing for large ensembles such as the Jazz Mafia’s Realistic Orchestra and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

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In the process of forging distinctive musical identities, Berliner and Wong have earned widespread esteem as bicoastal improvisers, composers, and bandleaders.

The young vibraphonist Sasha Berliner has already started to make an impression as a bandleader on the New York scene

The New York Times

The young vibraphonist Sasha Berliner has already started to make an impression as a bandleader on the New York scene

The New York Times

Personnel

Sasha Berliner vibraphone
Matt Wong piano

Wong’s style is informed by the past but with a contemporary perspective. You can hear the roots of Thelonious Monk, but also a strong influence by current jazz pianists like Robert Glasper.

SF Weekly

Personnel

Sasha Berliner vibraphone
Matt Wong piano

Wong’s style is informed by the past but with a contemporary perspective. You can hear the roots of Thelonious Monk, but also a strong influence by current jazz pianists like Robert Glasper.

SF Weekly

Watch & Listen

Sasha Berliner

The Spotless Mind

Sasha Berliner

Between the World and Me

Sasha Berliner

The Spotless Mind

Sasha Berliner

Between the World and Me

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