Matthew Davis

Precollege Faculty:
Jazz Guitar

Matt Davis is a guitarist, teacher, and composer based in New York. Hailed as “inspired” (Downbeat), “incredible” (Philadelphia Daily News), and “eloquent” (Jazztimes), Matt’s original 10-piece jazz group, Aerial Photograph, serves as his main compositional outlet. His original work reflects his love of strong melodies and extended harmony and draws from a wide range of influences such as the collaborative work of Miles Davis and Gil Evans, French composers such as Ravel and Debussy, 1960s rock music, and various types of folk and world music.

As a guitarist, Matt has performed with notable jazz musicians such as Odean Pope, Tyrone Brown, Mickey Roker, the Silk Road Ensemble, Dave Liebman, Dick Oatts, John Swana, Terrell Stafford, and John Hollenbeck, among 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 Davis is a passionate educator who teaches performance and composition to diverse populations of students. He currently serves as Adjunct Associate Professor of Jazz Guitar Performance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and is also a teaching artist for the New York Pops in New York City. As a student, Matt had the honor of studying composition under the notable jazz educator Dennis Sandole. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in jazz guitar from Temple University in Philadelphia and his Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music. He has performed his compositions all over the world and has taught jazz workshops in New York and Philadelphia, as well as in China, South Korea, and the greater Mexico City region.

Matt’s writings on jazz music have been published in Downbeat and Jazziz, among other magazines. He is currently endorsed by Godin Guitars.

Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty since 2016.