Summer Jazz Series: Matt & Alta DeChamplainJune 02, 2017
Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald
Matt & Atla DeChamplain are high school sweethearts and have been performing together ever since. “We started as best friends. We were both studying jazz music at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts (a performing arts magnet school), and we loved the same musicians: Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Jon Hendricks, and Nat King Cole. We’d stay after school and work on music together. Jazz was really the foundation for our friendship. We just loved sharing our passion for the music. Looking back, we had an amazing journey together, and I especially appreciate how our personal relationship gave us the opportunity to challenge each other musically.” -Atla
In 2015 the DeChamplain’s released PAUSE, their first album as a team. Pause is a documentation of what they worked on since they met. It features mostly songs from the Great American Songbook, jazz standards that have they have been performing together for years. The pieces we picked for the album were songs that our live audiences always request.
A beer tasting and complimentary BBQ are also included in the price of the event.