Small Group Z

Matthew Parrish, Director

Ken Nakamura '23, Tenor

Naomi Farkas '24, Alto Saxophone

Konstantin Howard '24, Alto

Pranav Vadapalli '25, Trombone

Alex Egol '24, Piano

Daniela Vita '24, Guitar

Nikhil De '23, Bass

Patrick Jaojoco, Graduate Student, Bass

Alex Macarthur '25, Drums and Trumpet

Vincent Pagano '22, Drums and Percussion


WORKS BY: Wayne Shorter, Kenny Kirkland, Horace Silver, and Jimmy Dludlu.

Selections to be announced from the stage.

This ensemble evokes the small group tradition of the Art Blakey groups of the 50’s and 60's where improvisation and inspiring interaction are key. The group performs as a nonet.

Small Group X

Matthew Parrish, Director

Diego Zamalloa-Chion '22, Violin

Gabriel Chalick '24, Trumpet

Preston Lust '23, Alto Saxophone

Austin Isgrig '22, Baritone Saxophone

Yende Magnum '24, Piano

Reuel Williams '24, Piano

Rohit Oomman '24, Guitar

Aaron Skepasts '22, Bass

Daniel Vonarburg, Graduate Student, Drums


WORKS BY: Chick Corea, Chris Potter, Eric Dolphy, and Stevie Wonder.

Selections to be announced from the stage.

This ensemble evokes the small group tradition of the late 60’s Blue Note groups where collective improvisation and unity are key. The group performs as an Octet.

Event Info

The Princeton University Jazz Small Groups X and Z perform under the direction of master bassist Matthew Parrish.

Open to the public. Free; onsite registration required. Please arrive early to register.

In accordance with university policy at this time: Please note that performers might not be wearing masks during this event. The new protocol (updated November 2021) requires unmasked performers to undergo COVID-19 testing three times in the week leading up to the event. All concert attendees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to wear a mask indoors. We are unable to allow entry to unvaccinated children. 

About the Artist:

JAZZ AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY serves to promote this uniquely American music as a contemporary and relevant art form. Its goals are to convey the vast musical and social history of jazz, establish a strong theoretical and stylistic foundation with regard to improvisation and composition, and emphasize the development of individual expression and creativity. Offerings of this program include academic course work, performing ensembles, master classes, private study, and independent projects. Jazz at Princeton University thanks you for joining them on this evening’s journey of beauty, exploration, discovery, and hope.

Princeton University’s Small Group X

Established in 2017, Princeton University’s Small Group X brings student musicians together in the Art Blakey small group style of improvisation and interaction. The small group has a special, creative bond where they have to depend on each other’s musical instincts. Art Blakey is best known as a big band drummer, but his small group leadership set the bar for creative expression coupled with group cohesion where every musical piece is a well-crafted, but free-flowing, natural work.

Program Director: Matthew Parrish

Born in central California to hard-working, music-loving parents of four children, Matthew Parrish epitomizes the heart of jazz bass performance and livelihood. Matthew has performed and recorded with many of the top names in jazz. Regina Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paquito D'Rivera, Houston Person, Clark Terry, Etta Jones, Miri Ben-Ari, James Williams, Harry Sweets Edison, James Newton, Gary Thomas, Greg Osby, Stefon Harris, and Orrin Evans, just to name a few. His beautiful, warm and complex sound has earned him an impressive reputation in the music community, as a performer and composer/arranger/producer. While on tour with Al Grey, Matt performed with Clark Terry, Marion McPartland, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lou Donaldson, Joe Cohn, Savion Glover, Bill Charlap, and many others. You can find Matthew at venues all over the world, from New York City to Sao Paulo. Matt is currently touring with Freddy Cole, Houston Person, the legendary Saxophonist, as well as the Vana Gierig Trio with Paquito D'Rivera.