Back in 2020 we had Matt Munisteri lined up to do a Tuesday workshop on the American jazz guitarists who were active during the early years of Django’s own guitar career. Who would he have listened to, and how did they play? What was going on in the US as Django was developing the style we now, for better or worse, recognize as “Gypsy jazz” guitar?
Long story short, that workshop sold out so fast we figured maybe, just maybe, there was interest in the topic, especially if the presenter was Matt Munisteri. (As Carolyn would say, “Ya think?”)
So we invited Matt to join us this year for the full week of workshops and a set at our weekend concerts.
The Brooklyn native brings a broad range of experience to our teaching staff and concert stage. Working as a band leader and sideman, Matt is credited on over 70 albums and has gigged or recorded with everyone from crooners like Madeleine Peyroux and Kat Edmonson to straight-ahead legends like Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, Bill Frisell and Bucky Pizzarelli. In addition to his diverse performing career, Matt has dedicated extensive time and energy as a teacher, creating a wealth of online lessons and resources that demonstrate his passion and dedication to the spirit and technique of the early jazz giants we know and love. Spend a little time with Matt this June and here’s betting you’ll come to know and love him, too.