Matt Dwonszyk

Matt Dwonszyk

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Hartford, Connecticut, U.S. Birthplace

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Matt Dwonszyk is a jazz bassist, composer and educator based in New York City. He performs frequently at New York City jazz clubs and has worked with artists such as Steve Davis, Harold Mabern, Jazzmeia Horn, Bennie Wallace, Dr. Eddie Henderson and Inbar Paz. Since 2012 he has led his 7 piece group, the Dwonztet, and he has recorded 2 well received albums as leader. Dwonszyk is also a dedicated educator. He teaches Jazz Bass at Manchester Community College in Connecticut, coaches at the the University of Hartford Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz and teaches in the summers at Litchfield Jazz Camp and Bennie Wallace’s Back Country Jazz Program.


Matt Dwonszyk was recognized in 2010, while still in high school, by DownBeat Magazine for his arrangement of "In Walked Bud." Matt Dwonszyk was accepted into the Bosyie Lowery Jazz Living Residency program in 2015 for his original compositions. In 2018 Matt Downszyk toured Russia as part of the Rainy Days Jazz Festival.

Early Life

Matt Dwonszyk grew up in Hartford, Connecticut and began playing the electric bass at the age of 11. As a student at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, he became interested in jazz and started playing the upright bass. He also participated in the Youth Jazz Orchestra, a program sponsored by the Artist Collective. After graduating from the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford with a degree in Jazz Studies in 2013, Dwonszyk pursued a Master's Degree at SUNY Purchase College in New York, where he played at renowned jazz clubs such as the Blue Note and Dizzy's Club Coca Cola.