An accomplished jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, Matt Lemmler grew up in a New Orleans home where music reigned supreme. Critics are impressed by his original work, but equally amazed at his interpretations of jazz standards, informed by a fresh and exciting vision entirely his own while respecting the roots of the music. Some of the highest accolades have been for his album Portraits of Wonder, a tribute to the work of Stevie Wonder. While still in high school, he studied with jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis, and has worked with many modern greats, including Harry Connick, Jr., Pete Fountain, Terence Blanchard, Charmaine Neville, Kenny Werner, Harold Danko, and a long list of others. Not long after being hired to replace Ellis Marsalis as Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano at the University of New Orleans, Lemmler became a Katrina refugee. He has found a second home in Houston, but still conjures the mojo and magic of New Orleans when he plays.
“Ambitious and very satisfying”
– Offbeat Magazine