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Matthew Storie

Matthew Storie is a jazz and classical saxophonist, teacher, and bandleader residing in Omaha, NE. He is Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Nebraska-Omaha where he teaches jazz and classical saxophone. He has formerly taught at institutions including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Furman University, and Anderson University. He has performed internationally in Latvia, Lithuania, and Spain and with jazz legends including Christian McBride, Ron Blake, Steve Wilson, Geoffrey Keezer,  the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Carl Allen, Stewart Copland, Brad Dutz, Jiggs Whigham, and Bob Moses. 

Matthew is the bandleader of Simply This Quintet which released their second album Stepping Up thanks to funding he received as the recipient of the Presser Graduate Award. He can also be heard on the album Liminality: Live at Smith 25  with the Jésus Fuentes Quartet. As a solo artist, Matthew has released his debut album, Hwy 538, which is comprised of his original compositions. 

Classically, Matthew is co-founder of the Payadora Trio. An ensemble comprised of saxophone, flute, and piano that commissions and performs works by underrepresented composers. 

Matthew is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he recevied a Masters degree in Jazz Performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance with a cognate in Classical Saxophone. Before moving to Illinois, he attended Furman University where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in  Saxophone Performance. His doctoral research resulted in the creation of a resource to aid college level classical saxophonists in developing a jazz sound.  Matthew's teachers have included Chip McNeill, Debra Richtmeyer, Tito Carillo, and Matt Olson.


Album Review

Simply This Quintet: Stepping Up

Read "Stepping Up" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On its first full-length album, the modestly named Simply This Quintet boasts a sturdy two-tenor front line (Reginald Lewis, Matthew Storie) and an able rhythm section (Jesus Fuentes, piano; Emma Taylor, bass; Frank Kurtz, drums) performing eight original compositions by members of the group. The quintet was formed in 2018 by friends at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Its goal, according to the album's liner notes, is “reinterpreting the classic two- tenor saxophone jazz ensembles of the 1950s and ...

Album Review

Jesus Fuentes: Liminality: Live At Smith 25

Read "Liminality: Live At Smith 25" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As everything we see and hear is no more or less than a snapshot in time, it is easy to forget that many of our brightest jazz stars once shined their light on campuses and in classrooms from coast to coast while honing their budding skills. Pianist Jesus Fuentes is one such scholar, the album Liminality: Live at Smith 25 his doctoral degree recital, and Smith 25 the room in Smith Memorial Hall where it was recorded in November 2020 ...

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Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, DMA and MM in Jazz Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BM in Music Performance from Furman University, Collegiate teaching experience in classical and jazz saxophone, and music theory at UNO, Furman University, and Anderson University. 

Woody Shaw
Sonny Stitt
John Coltrane
Steve Grossman
Joe Henderson
Joel Frahm
saxophone, tenor


Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Hwy 538



Liminality: Live At...

Self Produced


Stepping Up



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