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Mathis Picard Trio featuring Jonathan Pinson & Parker McAllister with Special Guest Giveton Gelin

Sunday, September 18, 2022

$25 – $35
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Seating times: 7:00pm & 8:30pm. Doors open 30 minutes early.


Black Cat JAZZ@theEDGE!! Presents: Mathis Picard Trio featuring Jonathan Pinson & Parker McAllister with Special Guest Giveton Gelin

Mathis Picard – Piano / Leader
Jonathan Pinson – Drums
Parker McAllister – Bass
Giveton Gelin – Trumpet (Special Guest)

Mathis Picard is a pianist, composer and producer in the international music scene.

Based in New York City and from France & Madagascar, Mathis honors his multi-cultural background by merging musical influences and elevating sonic synchronicity. Named a “rising star” by The Scotsmen paper, Mathis is an ASCAP Next Generation of Songwriters Recipient, a member of the Montreux Jazz Foundation, and a Juilliard Alumni under the mentorship of Kenny Barron. London reviewers describe Mathis as a “knockout, as dynamic a personality as he is virtuosic on the keys” (whatsonstage.com)

His band The Sound Orchestra (Formally known as M.S.O) has performed all over The United States from NuBlu in New York to Black Cat in San Francisco. Their debut genre bending EP “World Unity” came out in 2020 on Outside In Music Records which put him on the map as “a fascinating name to follow in any context” (All About Jazz). Mathis has shared the musical stage with artists such as Braxton Cook, Ron Carter, Lillias White, Lee Ritenour, Kindness, Wynton Marsalis, Veronica Swift, Etienne Charles & more.

Rooted in the tradition of live acoustic performance and deemed as “one to watch” by Jazzwize magazine, Mathis also shines as a solo pianist, being featured for NY Fashion Week, Little Island, Umbria Jazz Festival & NPR.

Long awaited, Mathis presented his first solo piano album titled “Live at the Museum” in Winter 2022. Recorded with a live audience at the National Jazz Museum of Harlem in New York City, “Live at the Museum” is a sonic journey through which Mathis explores the museum of his own life in music, honoring and spotlighting his roots in Jazz, Classical and Electronic music.

The music you will hear during this residency is brand new work which was composed for trio. The band features Jonathan Pinson on drums, Parker McAllister on bass & Giveton Gelin , trumpeter as a special guest.

Jonathan Pinson began his love affair with the drum set at the age of two when he was surrounded by the music of his mother’s choir. His formal music training began at the age of six with instruction on the piano. Shortly after, Jonathan transitioned to the drum set at the Colburn School of Performing Arts and studied with Billy Higgins from The World Stage. While in high school, Jonathan performed professionally at various jazz clubs around the Los Angeles area. He also enjoyed mentoring young percussion enthusiasts and helped conduct jazz workshops for inner city youths at local public elementary schools, in high school as well as in college. During his senior year in high school, Jonathan won three major coveted awards, 1st place in the Music Center’s Spotlight Award (2007), Performer of the Year at Alexander Hamilton High School and the Jimmy Lyon’s Scholarship Award for a full tuition scholarship at the Berklee College of Music

Parker McAllister, an award-winning touring and recording bassist based in New York City who is equally proficient on upright and electric bass and adroit in performing jazz, Latin, rhythm & blues, rock, pop, and gospel genres.

McAllister has performed, recorded and toured with a wide variety of performers and genres including Jason Moran, Teodross Avery, Jazzmeia Horn, Dorinda Clarke, Kersten Stevens and the Kuumba Singers of Harvard.  He has appeared at the Blue Note and the Apollo in New York City, Blues Alley and the Howard Theater in Washington, DC; the “Jazz Beneath the Stars” festival in Pennsylvania, the Ottawa Jazz festival, Winter Jazz Festival in New York City.  In 2010, McAllister selected to participate in the highly competitive “Snowmass Jazz Festival” in Aspen Colorado headed by the celebrated bassist Christian McBride and mentored by legendary bassist John Clayton.  In 2010 McAllister won the “Young Jazz Lion award, bestowed by the prestigious Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, past winners including Robert Glasper, Maurice Brown and Tut Amin, to name a few.

A passionate and natural musician, McAllister continues to perform nationally and internationally on both upright and electric bass exploring and expanding his musical heights.

At age 10, Gelin taught himself to play the trumpet simply by emulating his favorite records. After years of self-tutelage, Adrian D’Aguilar, bass player, began to mentor him; thereby, providing him the tools to play jazz. In 2017, the Nassau-born trumpeter would study with Dr. Eddie Henderson at the Oberlin Conservatory. The same year, he received recognition at the Young Arts Foundation and Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program. Thereafter, he continued his studies at the Juilliard School — graduated June 2021.

Within the span of three years, Gelin has played with pioneers of the NY jazz scene such as Curtis Lundy, Bobby Watson, Roy Hargrove, Sullivan Fortner, Wynton Marsalis, Ben Wolfe, and Jon Batiste. Additionally, the 22-year-old trumpeter has received tutelage from some of the world’s greatest including Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Ralph Peterson, and is the protege of the late Roy Hargrove.

In 2020, the Bahamas-native released his debut, True Design, receiving warm reviews and critical mention from Jazziz, WBGO, and more; not to mention, he was awarded the 2020 LetterOne Rising Star Jazz Award, and ASCAP’s Herb Alpert Award. Ultimately, Gelin’s artistic vision is to pay tribute to his ancestors, and unify others by incorporating universal human experiences into sound. Through his quintet, the young trumpeter brings forth a new narrative to jazz music.


Sunday, September 18, 2022
$25 – $35