LIVE: Dead Cat Bounce @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, 3/9/13

March 11th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg
Dead Cat Bounce (photo by Rudy Lu)

Dead Cat Bounce: Chris Bacas, Matt Steckler, Terry Goss, Charlie Kohlhase

Photographs by Rudy Lu. See more of Rudy’s photos from this show here.

The NYC Party Horns concert series kicked off its third season at Proctors in Schenectady with the return of Dead Cat Bounce to the GE Theatre on Saturday night. Saxophonist and Schenectady native Matt Steckler led his four-horn sextet through a pair of sets of original music that was brimming over with complex grooves, a rainbow of tonal colors and adventurous collective improvisations.

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LIVE: Dead Cat Bounce @ Proctors, 3/24/12

March 28th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg
Dead Cat Bounce @ Proctors, 3/24/12. Photo by Albert Brooks

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Albert Brooks

I started last week by seeing the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and ended last week by seeing Dead Cat Bounce. Going from JLCO to Dead Cat is kind of like switching from apple juice to hard cider: They both may come from the same source material, but only one will make you dangerous behind the wheel.

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LIVE: Dead Cat Bounce @ Proctors, 1/15/11

January 20th, 2011, 4:23 pm by Greg
Dead Cat Bounce

Dead Cat Bounce

Dead Cat Bounce has been bopping into the Capital District for over a decade now. Longtime jazz fans will remember the ensemble at Union College’s first and only jazz festival in the early 2000s. Or perhaps from their numerous performances at the Upbeat on the Roof summer concert series at Skidmore’s Tang Museum.

The brainchild of Brooklyn reedman (and Schenectady native) Matt Steckler, Dead Cat Bounce was born while he was pursuing a graduate degree at the New England Conservatory in the late 1990s. The group features his originals as performed by a collective of like-minded individuals who all pursue jazz in an unorthodox manner by blending experimentation, improvisation and classical chamber-music influences.

The collective’s adventurous sound falls somewhere between the free-form experimentation of Coltrane and something Steve Reich might conjure up if he were in a world music mood while listening to Eric Dolphy and reading about Lennie Tristano.

In other words, the music really needed to be experienced first hand.

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Five Firsts: Matt Steckler of Dead Cat Bounce

January 11th, 2011, 12:30 pm by Greg

Matt StecklerNAME: Matt Steckler
INSTRUMENT: saxophone/flute

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Seven and the Ragged Tiger” (Duran Duran – a cassette; I only bought it because my best friend’s sister was into them)

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Pat Benatar at SPAC (I was like four years old)

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … piano (not counting toy instruments)

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … Bach Minuet (a few of them… I think at St. George’s Church in Schenectady)

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Pig Fear (I played metal sax)

Schenectady native and saxman Matt Steckler plays a homecoming concert with his band Dead Cat Bounce at Proctors in Schenectady at 7:30pm on Saturday in the second installment of the three-concert series Party Horns NYC. Admission is $15.

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