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I wrote four tunes for Community Day. I just sat in the Reynolda Moderns room...I love using paintings to inspire songs. It makes it easy. -Matt Kendrick
Matt’s first instrument that he purchased at Resnick Music in Thruway Shopping center when he was 10 years old.
The name of Matt’s first band, for which he played bass. His parents had to drop him off at his gigs at rec centers and church parties.
The cost of Matt’s rent in New York City in 1977. Matt explains, “It was cheap, but not very safe.”
Noise Are Us
The name of a punk-funk band Matt played with in New York that had five saxophones and two drummers with Matt on bass. The city afforded Matt a plethora of avant-garde venues to play music, like La Mama experimental theatre.
The reason Matt left New York. The grant enabled him to study jazz at the University of Tennesse in Knoxville.
The year Matt returned to his hometown, Winston-Salem, NC. There was a thriving network of live music venues in the Triad at the time like Sammy’s in Greensboro and bars in the Marketplace Mall and Stouffer’s Hotel (present-day Marriott) in Winston-Salem.
Suitcase Full of Bass
The name of Matt’s first album that he distributed at shows on cassette tapes. Suitcase Music became the name of Matt’s own record label, on which he produced four albums.
Matt Kendrick is a Composer/Double Bassist. A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Kendrick attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He now teaches music at Wake Forest University and High Point University. Inspired by the Reynolda Moderns exhibit, Kendrick composed four new songs, which he will debut with his band, The Matt Kendrick Jazz Unit, at Reynolda House on Community Day, April 12. His Community Day performance is the most recent in a long history of collaborations with the Museum.
Can't make it to Community Day? Hear Matt Kendrick play at Tate's on Tuesdays from 8 - 11 p.m.