Matt Munisteri is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter based in New York City. A freewheeling and virtuosic guitarist on both acoustic and electric guitar—in music both modern and old-fashioned—he credits the early jazz plectrists of the 1920s and ’30s with providing the foundation for his technique and musical direction. As one of a relatively small number of authoritative acoustic jazz guitarists playing swing and early jazz, Matt has recorded extensively and is a first-call guitarist when a “period” sound is sought for CDs, film scores, and commercials.
He has collaborated with many colleagues in his field on concerts and recordings, including Vince Giordano, Mark O’Connor, Andy Stein, Frank Vignola, Bucky Pizzarelli, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Catherine Russell, Julian Lage, Geoff Muldaur, Loudon Wainwright, Howard Alden, Tim Kliphuis, and Matt Glaser. As an educator and clinician Matt has taught at the Berklee College of Music, the Augusta Heritage Center, the Ashokan Center, and Centrum. He has performed on A Prairie Home Companion, Jazz Night in America: Jazz at Lincoln Center, E-Town, Mountain Stage, and Michael Feinstein’s Song Travels.
Matt’s own recordings include the acclaimed Still Runnin’ Round in the Wilderness, the first of two planned CDs to explore the “lost” compositions of the under-recognized American singer-songwriter Willard Robison, Love Story, It’s Been Swell, and Hell Among the Hedgehogs, a smoking hot twin-guitar CD with the Hot Club of Cowtown’s Whit Smith.