Adjunct Assistant, School of Music Guitar Faculty
MM, Manhattan School of Music BM, Temple University
School of Music
Merriam Theater 4TH
Matt Davis is a guitarist, teacher, and composer based in New York. Hailed as “Inspired” by Downbeat magazine, “incredible” by the Philadelphia Daily News, and “eloquent” by Jazztimes Magazine, Matt’s original jazz group, called “Aerial Photograph”, has released three CD’s and performs regularly in and around the tri-state area. Matt has shared the stage with notable musicians such as Odean Pope, Tyrone Brown, Mickey Roker, The Silk Road Ensemble, Dave Liebman, Dick Oats, John Swana, Terrell Stafford, Jon Hollenbeck, and many others. He is a recipient of numerous awards and honors including grants from ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, The National Parks Service, and The Banff Center. Matt currently serves as Adjunct Associate Professor of Jazz Guitar Performance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and is on the guitar faculty at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College program. Additionally, he is a teaching artist for the New York Pops in New York City. In addition to having studied under the notable jazz educator Dennis Sandole, Matt also earned his bachelors degree in jazz guitar from Temple University in Philadelphia, and his Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He has performed all over the world and has taught jazz workshops in the New York and Philadelphia regions as well as in China, South Korea and the greater Mexico City region. Additionally, Matt is a published author, having had his writings on jazz music published in magazines such as Downbeat and Jazziz. He is currently endorsed by Godin Guitars.