Matt Landon

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Matthew Landon (Matt)
Instructor, Guitar
1708 Dalton Center, Mail Stop 5434
Mailing address: 
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5434 USA
  • M. M., Jazz Studies, University of Northern Colorado
  • B. M., Jazz Studies, Western Michigan University

Matt Landon, an instructor for the School of Music, is a passionate musician and educator. Being most accomplished as a jazz guitarist, Landon has performed alongside Joey DeFrancesco, Donny McCaslin, 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 and 2018 Wilson Center Jazz Guitar Competitions.

In addition to his many pursuits as a performing guitarist, Landon enjoys teaching private lessons and masterclasses, 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. He recently accepted the position of adjunct instructor of jazz guitar at Western Michigan University, where he is excited to begin teaching in the fall of 2019.