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New York's Matt Marantz

Originally from Texas, Matt Marantz got his start growing up in a musical family. At a young age, he was exposed to the music of Charlie Parker, Phil Woods, and Cannonball Adderly via his father's record collection sparking a love affair with the saxophone and the bebop language that kindled a flame of musical discovery.

At Booker T. Washington High School for the Perfoming and Visual Arts in Dallas, Marantz grew alongside like-minded musical peers and was propelled to learn the ropes of playing in ensembles under the tutelage of then-director of the jazz bands, his father Bart Marantz. It was here that Marantz was shown tons of new music by friends ranging from Keith Jarrett's 70's quartets to Radiohead's cutting edge rock albums to D'Angelo's Voodoo. Arts Magnet High School provided a musical palette with a wide array of colors and Marantz was a sponge for all of the information. Some of Marantz's peers at Arts, most notably pianists Sam Harris and Frank LoCrasto, have gone on to lead musical careers of their own and are known to collaborate with Marantz on musical outings.

With the goals of becoming a performing artist in mind, Marantz moved to New York City in 2004 and began a musical journey that has taken him as far away as Lebanon, Bulgaria, and China for tours performing live with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, and Jason Moran along the way. Marantz's 2010 album "Offering" got 3 1/2 stars in Downbeat, and two more full length albums are slated for 2015 releases.