I’ve had the honor of working with and working for Dr. Matt Pivec. Matt is a great educator, player, and writer. He inspires so many young musicians across Indianapolis, I was honored when he asked me to join him in his teaching endeavors. It gives me great pleasure to work with him in the programs he has developed like the Butler Youth Jazz Program and the Butler Summer Jazz Camp.

I’m especially happy to see educators that bring spectacular playing to their field. Many times the old adage ‘those that can’t play, teach’ is all too true. Dr. Pivec couldn’t be farther from that saying.

As you’ll hear on this album, as he is accompanied by Jesse Wittman on bass and Kenny Phelps on drums, Pivec can hold his own and lead the way for this power trio.

~ Rich