Today we return to our regular series of Secret Society co-conspirator profiles by casting a wary eye towards bassist Matt Clohesy. Matt left his home in Melbourne to move to New York in 2001. Since then, he has become one of the most in-demand bassists on the NYC jazz scene. He has played on recordings led by Geoff Keezer, Ingrid Jensen, Matt Shulman, Julia Dollison, and others, and can be seen regularly performing with Eric Alexander, Joel Frahm, Diego Urcola, Eric Person, Will Vinson, Lage Lund, Kendrick Scott, Gretchen Parlato, Seamus Blake, and Donny McCaslin, amongst others. He is also a regular member of the Respect Sextet -- one of two Respectees in the Society.
The thing about Matt is, he and Society drummer Jon Wikan play together all the fucking time. They don't just gig together all the fucking time. They don't just play sessions together all the fucking time. On top of that, the two of them will also get together and drink beer and play time all the fucking time. I do not have the words to tell you how fucking important that is. For a bigband to have a rhythm section that has a hookup like a real fucking rhythm section is the motherfucking end.
(Oh, I'm sorry, I appear to have channelled Chopper Reed for a moment there. My deepest fucking apologies to those of you with delicate fucking sensibilities, eh?)
Matt was inducted into the Society on Oct. 25, 2005, our second-ever gig and the first of our many appearances at the Bowery Poetry Club. He was an invaluable addition to Secret Society North on our mini-tour earlier this year, especially seeing as our Toronto hit took place at Tranzac -- i.e., the Toronto Australia New Zealand Club. (Although I don't actually recall any Australians in the audience. At least there was one at the bar afterwards.)
As part of our fundraising efforts for our upcoming recording, Infernal Machines, we are offering you the opportunity to sponsor a Secret Society musician. Click here if you would like to sponsor Matt's appearance on our debut album.
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions in behalf of Darcy James Argue's Secret Society may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.