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Matija Dedic - Sentiana


Born in Zagreb on March 2nd 1973, Matija Dedic’ started playing classic piano at the age of five. He began to listen to all kinds of music very early, soon discovering jazz. He is the son of Arsen Dedic’, Croatian singer/songwriter and poet, and Gabi Novak, a famous Croatian pop-singer who even sang with Louis Armstrong.  He attended a special music high school Vatroslav Lisinski, and after graduating with honors in 1991, went to the Jazz Academy in Graz, where he graduated in 1997 under professor Harold Neuwirth.  He also studied privately with J. Taylor, Hal Galper, Bill Dobbins and Barry Harris.

He has backed up top named jazz artists all over Europe including Benny Golson, Kenny Burrell, Roy Haynes, Jose Feliciano, Marc Murphy, Tommy Emanuel, Lenny White, Kendrick Scott, Jeff Ballard, Vicente Archer, Buster Williams, Larry Grenadier, Nils Hennings Orsted Pedersen, Ron Mclure, Antonio Sanchez, Scott Colley, Gene Jackson, John Hollenback, etc.

..  Matija was one of 11 finalists in the 2002 Montreux Jazz Piano Competition.

Dedic’s first release From the Beginning, (2009 Dallas Records) featured Jeff Ballard and Larry Grenadier.  His second MD in NY, (2011 Origin Records) featured Kendrick Scott and Vicente Archer.  Right away, you can tell by the company he keeps that this is a player’s player.  Both albums showcased an incredible new talent, just being discovered in the US.

For his third US release Matija chose Blue Bamboo Music as his label of choice, and I couldn’t be happier to bring you this incredible talent.  Sentiana features Antonio Sanchez and Scott Colley and like his other two releases dazzles with musical virtuosity and sensitivity.  10 originals and one standard…  Incredible beauty and depth from one of the world’s most accomplished pianists and two of the finest sidemen anyone is ever likely to hear.

If you have yet to hear this man, I am proud to kick off 2014 by introducing you to one of the greatest musicians in the world.  Enjoy!


Chris Cortez


Blue Bamboo Music Inc.

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