Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos (OJM) is an active promoter and creator of new music, supporting jazz investigation, education and fruition since 1997 with the support of the Municipality of Matosinhos. It merges an international ambition with local responsibility. Honoured with the Medal for Cultural Merit by the Portuguese government in 2017, OJM plays the role of a national jazz orchestra, performing repertoires of all aesthetic variants and ages of jazz. Conducted by Pedro Guedes and Carlos Azevedo, OJM has worked with Maria Schneider, Carla Bley, Lee Konitz, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Carlos Bica, Mark Turner, Chris Cheek, Ohad Talmor, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Fred Hersch, Rebecca Martin, Peter Evans, Guillermo Klein, Perico Sambeat, Maria Rita, Maria João, Mayra Andrade, and so many more. Frequent in significant halls in Portugal, has also toured in Europe – e.g. Barcelona, as resident orchestra at Voll-Damm International Jazz or Vienna Konzerthaus – and in the USA – at Birdland, Iridium, Blue Note or at Carnegie Hall. OJM is currently based at CARA – High-Performance Centre for the Arts, in Matosinhos – which is also its new label. CARA’s first edition was a digital launch of a live performance of “Jazz in The Space Age” by George Russel, live at Casa da Música (2019). Early 2022, “After Midnight”, by OJM, Rebecca Martin and Larry Grenadier, was released digital and CD. OJM’s discography also includes collaborations with Chris Cheek, Lee Konitz, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Maria João, João Paulo Esteves da Silva and more. Over these 25 years, OJM has nurtured conception and diffusion of art, supporting new talents, promoting dialogue with science and technology and always looking to the future.




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