Matt Panayides is an exploratory jazz guitarist who is passionate about performing music and sharing it with others. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Indianapolis, he has been leading his own groups in New York for more than 10 years. While always seeking his own voice on his instrument, Matt’s playing has been influenced by guitar giants such as Grant Green, Pat Martino, Allan Holdsworth and Jimmy Raney. His compositions seek to paint a picture in the listeners’ mind which feels both unforced and fresh. His compelling melodies remain sing-able and uncomplicated while offering distinctive challenges for the improviser.
Mr. Panayides has performed or recorded with some great musicians including Mulgrew Miller, Jane Monheit, Clark Terry, Clarence Penn, Kevin Mahogany, Dan Weiss, Rich Perry, and Steve LaSpina among many others. He has also performed in several well-known NYC clubs such as Birdland, Smalls, Smoke, Miles’ Café and Shrine to name a few. In January of 2011 Matt released his first album as a leader on the Pacific Coast Jazz record label and has received many outstanding reviews from the jazz press. The album features his original compositions with Rich Perry on tenor saxophone, Steve LaSpina on bass and Dan Weiss on drums.
In 2008 Matt finished his Masters in Jazz Performance at William Paterson University. His master’s thesis entitled: “Towards the Creation of a New Jazz Guitar Pedagogy” details the organizational approaches of three influential jazz guitarists. He is currently in the process of molding the lessons learned in these studies into useful pedagogical tools for his students.
Mr. Panayides graduated from Manhattan School of Music in 2000 with a degree in jazz guitar performance. While attending this renowned institution he was mentored by Rodney Jones and studied with Chris Rosenberg and Gary Dial. Matt currently splits his time between performing and teaching.