-Matt Lemmler's Story-
Performed Nightly with New Orleans Clarinet Legend Pete Fountain
4 Years Touring with Phantom of the Opera
Matt's studio arrangement with members of Harry Connick, Jr's Big Band-Dany Brillant Music Video-Un Jour
After the huge success of Lemmler and Brillant’s first collaboration, Matt (while still in Houston, TX) was hired once again by Brillant in 2006, to serve as his musical director/contractor for his next CD recording, Histoire d'Un Amour. On this project, Lemmler arranged & conducted for a 16 piece big band and 30 piece orchestra featuring 60’s/70’s pop cover tunes. Histoire d'Un Amour was one of the first major recording sessions tracked in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. One year after the storm, New Orleans was still reeling from the devastation. However, instead of recording in Paris, New York or Los Angeles, Matt encouraged Brillant to record in the Big Easy. Lemmler hoped recording in New Orleans would bring new life and hope to his hometown.
Also in 2006, Matt accepted the position of Musical Director at Tommy’s Seafood Steakhouse and under his leadership the premier jazz venue won the Houston Press’ award for “Best Jazz Club in Houston.”
As a way to work through his grief over the tragedy of Katrina, Matt released his second CD, The Music of New Orleans. It is a soulful and heart-rending tribute to his beloved city and to all the New Orleans musicians, past and present, who influenced him and his music, including Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Pete Fountain, Ellis Marsalis and many others.
The Music of New Orleans is a striking document which captures the spirit of creativity and freshness in Lemmler’s ensembles. Most importantly, it is dedicated to his fellow New Orleanians who lost their lives and to those who have survived and continue to press on to rebuild a city like no other.
Shortly after leaving his position as musical director at Tommy’s Seafood Steakhouse, Lemmler accepted the prestigious position as musical director at Trinity Church/Houston for the Sunday Jazz Mass services. He was honored to hold a creative position that allowed him to arrange and compose hymns and spirituals for weekly services.
Matt's First Jazz Mass-Trinity Church/Houston/TX-Ode to Joy-with Jason Marsalis & Herlin Riley
-UBUNTU and The New Orleans Jazz Revival Band-
To Lemmler, "Ubuntu" speaks directly to jazz and the mission of The New Orleans Jazz Revival Band. The recording features an all-star production ensemble with Brian Blade, Bill Summers, Sean Jones, Jon Cowherd, Jason Marsalis, John Ellis, Shane Theriot, Mark Mullins, Evan Christopher and many others.
Matt Lemmler and The New Orleans Jazz Revival Band is a fellowship of many great musicians and producers creating masterful recordings, original and educational show productions, and wants to UBUNTU with all like-minded spirits who want to raise their mission. This unique name, UBUNTU, comes from the African humanist philosophy that speaks about interconnectedness in creativity and the fact that you can't exist as a human being in isolation. For Matt and the New Orleans Jazz Revival Band, UBUNTU summarizes in one word his experiences in creating inspirational & healing music performances, recordings and educational shows.
Recently, Lemmler's New Orleans Jazz Revival Band has premiered many original shows including “Right On! The Music of the 70’s”, "The History of Jazz," "Tribute to Mahalia Jackson," "Songs of the Southern States," "A Healing Celebration featuring Inspirationalist Dan Caro" and "Matt Lemmler’s Southern Sonatas & Songs, Live at the Ogden,” featuring all original compositions by Lemmler dedicated to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s permanent collection.
The New Orleans Jazz Revival Band has presented master classes, educational shows and workshops for Loyola University, University of New Orleans, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the National Jazz Historical Park and most recently to Ridgeview Charter Middle School from Atlanta, GA. Under the direction of Lemmler, the New Orleans Jazz Revival Band collaborated with 265 middle school musicians- choir, band and string orchestra all were able to perform alongside the New Orleans Jazz Revival Band as one ensemble-UBUNTU Education.
New Orleans Jazz Revival Band's UBUNTU live performance of "Wade in the Water" featuring Brian Blade, Bill Summers, John Ellis, Steve Masakowski, Kim Prevost, Chuck Perkins, Gavin Bell.
-UBUNTU Education/Studio Recordings with Matt Lemmler and the New Orleans Jazz Revival Band-
Currently, Lemmler has been touring his Jazz History/Healing Shows & Jazz Masses with his New Orleans Jazz Revival Band and serving as guest clinician/artist/band for middle & high school bands, orchestras & chorus. When in New Orleans, Matt & the New Orleans Jazz Revival Band can be found producing and recording with artists and visitors to New Orleans along with Lemmler's Steinway B piano at Esplanade Studios, and mentoring our future musicians throughout the world.
UBUNTU Education with Matt Lemmler's New Orleans Jazz Revival Band.
Lemmler's other recent accomplishments include serving as GRAMMY Governor for the Memphis regional chapter from 2011-2013. In 2013 he toured Russia performing solo concerts for Moscow’s 866th Birthday Celebration. He has also acted & composed music for HBO's TREME television show series. Finally, Matt is a current member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.