- Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance, Western Michigan University
- Master of Music in Jazz Performance, University of Northern Colorado
- Applied Jazz Guitar
Matt Landon is a passionate musician and educator. Being most accomplished as a jazz guitarist, Landon has performed alongside Joey DeFrancesco, Donny McCaslin, Paquito D’Rivera, Fred Hersch, Jeff Hamilton, Dave Liebman, Ingrid Jensen, Sammy Figueroa, Nestor Torres, Sheila Jordan, and many more jazz masters. He recently recorded an album with the jazz/classical crossover group, All Angles Orchestra featuring master trumpeter, Alex Sipiagin, on which he was thoroughly featured as a soloist. Remaining an in-demand sideman, Landon has also earned awards for his pursuits as a leader. In 2012, the modern jazz/rock group Desolation Row, led by Landon, won a Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award (SMA) for Best Blues/Pop/Rock Group—Landon’s work with this group on their debut album Remember to Breathe also earned him the Downbeat SMA for Best Blues/Pop/Rock soloist the same year. After earning his Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies at Western Michigan University in 2012, Landon entered the 2013 Montreux International Jazz Guitar Competition in Montreux, Switzerland, placing third; was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Wes Montgomery International Guitar Competition; and placed second in the 2017 Wilson Center Guitar Competition.
In addition to his many pursuits as a performing guitarist, Landon enjoys teaching private lessons and master classes, covering the topics of harmony, theory, improvisation, composition, repertoire, and general musicianship. Landon recently earned a Master’s of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado, where he held a teaching assistantship, coaching small groups, co-directing Lab Band II, and teaching improvisation and private lessons. Starting in the fall of 2018, Landon will be attending the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he will also be teaching Jazz History while earning his DMA in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media. Outside of the jazz realm, Landon also enjoys singing and songwriting, and has earned a reputation as an energetic and charismatic solo performer who can entertain any crowd by drawing from an inclusive and ever-expanding popular song repertoire that spans seven decades and many genres.