Gifted with a robust sound, a penchant for compelling melodies, and a gravitational feel for groove, New York-based saxophonist Matt Wayne has been busy leaving impressions on audiences up and down the northeast U.S. With a strong background in the worlds of jazz, funk, and soul, Matt strives to insert the same energy and presence into any setting in which he is called on to perform.
Raised in Las Vegas, NV, Matt started playing the saxophone at age 11 and it didn’t take long for him to become wrapped up in music. With the guidance of two of Las Vegas’ foremost private music teachers, Paul Dioguardi and Jimmy Haag, Matt was soon receiving high marks as a student at the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts, in addition to being a leading member of various all-city and all-state ensembles. By the time of his high school graduation, Matt had been accepted to study on scholarship at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
While at Berklee, Matt studied Saxophone Performance and Jazz Composition with such notable professors as Dino Govoni, George Garzone, Ken Pullig, Greg Hopkins, Ted Pease, Hal Crook and Ed Tomassi, and also had the privilege of sharing the stage with giants such as Joe Lovano, Michel Camilo, Bill Pierce, and George Garzone. He was fortunate enough to be a member of some of the school’s premier student groups, such as the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, and also performed extensively outside of the academic setting with bands that played styles ranging from funk to rockabilly to klezmer.
Since graduating from Berklee, Matt has been active performing, arranging and recording with various groups in New York, Los Angeles, and New England.