Matt Heister

Director of Jazz / Freedom in the Groove Host

Matt Heister recently made the decision to move back to his birthplace of New York from Florida, where he’s had a prolific career as one of Central Florida’s premiere jazz guitarists.

His career highlights include collaborations with major artists who reside in Central Florida, including duets with guitarist Larry Coryell, trio dates with pianist/bassist Richard Drexler, recordings and performances with bassist David Pastorious, and many engagements with saxophonist/flautist Dan Jordan.

In addition to a busy performance schedule, he also holds the positions of both "Director of Jazz", and on-air radio show host of the weekly jazz program Freedom In The Groove for radio station 89.5FM WFIT. His weekly show features modern jazz music and live interviews with special guests.

Born:  Huntington Station, NY
Type of show: Classic and contemporary jazz
Favorite musicians/artists: Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Jonathan Kreisberg, Joshua Redman
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Station Announcement
4:19 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Pianist Gerard D’Angelo On Freedom In The Groove

Master jazz pianist Gerard D’Angelo will be joining us for a live interview on Monday, March 3rd at 10pm during the broadcast of Freedom in the Groove.

We will hear about his experience sharing the stage with everyone from jazz legend Nat Adderley to comedian Billy Crystal. He will also tell us what it is like giving piano lessons to actor Ben Stiller!

As a special bonus, Gerard will share information on how to receive a free download of his latest release “9th Avenue Jam” with his group Rodwell & Friends featuring Steve LaSpina and Tony Tedesco. D’Angelo is New York City’s best-kept jazz secret—don’t miss this interview!

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Station Announcement
10:25 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Guitarist Matt Sollinger On Freedom In The Groove

Join us on Monday, November 25th at 10 p.m. for a live in-studio session with up-and-coming guitarist Matt Sollinger.  Under the tutelage of Peter Mazza and Ed MacEachen, Sollinger is quickly gaining the tools necessary for becoming one of the jazz greats of tomorrow. When he's not cutting his teeth on the NYC club scene, he's getting his formal education at The New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music. Tune in promptly at 10 p.m. to catch some live playing from this budding talent!

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Station Announcement
11:01 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Pianist Peter Zak On Freedom In The Groove

Pianist Peter Zak on Freedom In The Groove, Monday, November 4th at 10 p.m.

From his prowess as a powerful musician/composer to his exceptional skills as an educator, it’s easy to see why pianist Peter Zak is an integral part of the New York City jazz scene. Peter will be joining us on Freedom in the Groove for a live interview to discuss his brand new album, The Eternal Triangle.

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Station Announcement
11:33 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Freedom In The Groove Interviews Perennial Jazz Figure Spike Wilner

Tune in to Freedom in the Groove this Labor Day night, Sept. 2, at 10:00 p.m. for a live interview with perennial jazz figure, Spike Wilner.

In addition to being a highly gifted pianist, Wilner is also Co-owner of Smalls Jazz Club, a popular venue located in New York City. We will be discussing the revolutionary happenings at Smalls, including live-streamed performance videos and an Artist Revenue Sharing program.

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Live Musical Guest
12:09 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Adam Larson On Freedom In The Groove

Join us promptly at 10 p.m. on Monday, April 1st, for a special edition of Freedom in the Groove featuring guest artist Adam Larson. During our discussion, we will feature music from his new album "Simple Beauty". Learn why the Chicago Tribune describes Adam as "A player for whom the word ‘prodigious’ was coined."