Matthew Yeakley is a native of San Diego, CA. Growing up in a musical family, he began serious studies of the guitar at age 15. At 18 he was teaching music, performing in blues clubs, and working professionally as a guitarist, and on the road by 21. By 24 Matthew decided that it was time to formalize his education, so he took time off from the world of the working musician, to attend the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood. While there he had the chance to study with Rick Zunigar (Freddie Hubbard, Stevie Wonder, Joey DeFrancesco), as well as many other of the top guitarist in the world (Scott Henderson, Dean Brown, Jimmy Wyble, Sid Jacobs). He graduated with honors and rejoined the musical workforce newly invigorated. He is an educator, transcriber, author, and session player, on top of being a busy recording and gigging jazz musician in LA. In a time where so many jazz artists struggle to find their voice, his playing is full of humor, depth, heart, and conviction, the sky is truly the limit for this unique voice in modern jazz.
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