Matt Marantz is a freelance jazz saxophonist based in New Orleans. He is a recent graduate of Manhattan School of Music, where he received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Saxophone Performance on a full-tuition scholarship. While at MSM he studied privately with such notable educators and performers as Bob Mintzer, Steve Wilson, Garry Dial, and John Riley. He initiated outside lessons with Chris Cheek and Steve Cardenas. Matt was selected to perform in an honor jazz quartet during his 2008 MSM graduation ceremony, playing a musical tribute to Honorary Doctorate inductee, Billy Joel.
Since 2000 Matt has garnered a total of 26 Downbeat Student Music Awards. He received his first DB award as an 8th grader, winning the coveted Instrumental Jazz Soloist award (Junior High Division). He went on from there to be named the top jazz instrumental soloist (Performing Arts High School Division) three more times and was featured on the 2003 cover of the 26th Annual DB Student Music Awards section entitled “4-peat! Matt Marantz Earns 4th Instrumental Soloist Award”. His DB awards include wins in multiple categories, including Best Jazz Instrumental Soloist, Best Jazz Instrumental Group, Best Blues/Pop/Rock Soloist, and Best Blues/Pop/Rock Group. His most recent DB awards include another win as Best Jazz Soloist for 2006 in the College Division and an Outstanding Performance win in the 2007 Jazz Instrumental Soloist College Division category.
Matt Marantz is the next jazz phenom
- Downbeat Magazine
A prodigy to watch for
- Jazztimes Magazine
Displaying lyricism and fluidity well beyond his years
- Jazziz Magazine
Willing to teach
I hold a bachelor's degree in jazz music on saxophone from Manhattan School of
Music and am working towards completing an artist diploma through the Monk
Institute of Jazz. I've taught many private lessons and always welcome new
students who are interested in learning more about the saxophone and/or jazz.
I have and teaching/masterclass experience while working with the Monk
Institute and the Stanford Jazz Workshop. I've had the opportunity to teach both
masterclasses and private lessons through both of these institutions