Matthew Stevens

Guitar, Jazz Institute, Advanced Package

A leading guitarist of his generation, Grammy Award winning “Matthew Stevens’ singular style dissolves the demarcation lines between jazz, rock and ambient music.” (Mojo****) Stevens’ music is “honest and soulful” (Pitchfork) and is described as “music (that) advances the ideals of modern jazz”. (WBGO)

In addition to his critically acclaimed solo albums, Woodwork, Preverbal, Pittsburgh and In Common 1, 2 and 3 with Walter Smith III, Stevens’ songs and guitar playing are featured on over 80 recordings including those by Christian Scott atunde Adjuah, Esperanza Spalding, Milton Nascimento Terri Lyne Carrington, Dave Douglas, Next Collective, Sean Jones, Linda May Han Oh, Harvey Mason, Walter Smith III and Anna B Savage.

Stevens has performed at top venues and festivals all over the world with his groups as well as being a featured performer with artists from Chris Thile to Gustavo Dudamel. His performances have been lauded in Billboard,The Fader, The Guardian, Guitar Player Magazine, Jazz Times, Mojo, NPR, New York Times, Pitchfork, PopMatters, Stereogum, Vice Noisey and more.

As a producer, Stevens worked on Esperanza Spalding’s groundbreaking album Exposure, and her Grammy Award winning album 12 Little Spells. He also co – produced and performed on Terri Lyne Carrington’s Grammy nominated album Waiting Game and Grammy Award winning New Standards. Most recently, Stevens produced I Am A Pilgrim, Doc Watson at 100, which features artists including Valerie June, Dolly Parton, Rosanne Cash, Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell, and Steve Earle which received a Grammy nomination in 2024.

Stevens is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

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