Max Hatt & Edda Glass, Friday and Saturday, First Presbyterian Church

The Story

From American West comes the evocative duo of guitarist Max Hatt and vocalist Edda Glass, making their first appearance at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival. Together the two kindred spirits blend jazz standards and Brazilian bossa novas in an intimate, exquisite fashion that has been called “mesmerizing” and “exquisite.” Hailing from Helena, Montana, the Hatt/Glass duo takes inspiration from the western landscape, spinning tales of migrating geese, pioneer sisters and mysteries in wheat fields. “I was mesmerized from the first moment I heard them," said Pat Sansone, who produced the duo’s 2016 album, Ocean of Birds. “They have the ability to create a deep sonic landscape with only voice and guitar with songs that posses a mysterious and soulful magic.” 

Praised for her “impeccable vocal command” (Pop Matters) and compared to a gamut of singers from Astrud Gilberto to Billie Holliday, Glass' voice is one of a kind. As the New York Theatre Guide wrote, “You cannot confuse her with another artist.” Glass’ knack for singing in fluent Portuguese adds another layer of allure to the duo. Hatt's equally distinctive guitar work combines the harmonic innovations of jazz with the melodic resonance of folk, creating music that is “subtly poignant, elegantly funky, and haunting without trying to be,” according to Wilco guitarist Nels Cline.

The Sound

Their wistful versions of “Stardust,” “Take Five” and alluring bossa nova tunes, with Edda occasionally pulling out her tasty ‘trumpet’ licks, have taken the duo from their home base in Montana to New York City's Lincoln Center to NPR Mountain Stage in West Virginia to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Equally captivating are originals like “Crossing Over” and “Room to Room” from their excellent album Ocean of Birds.

Michael Kline