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)