Rick Haydon is a Professor of Music at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where he
is Director of Jazz Studies and head of the Guitar Program .He teaches Advanced
Jazz Improvisation, Rhythm Section Workshop, Private Applied Jazz Guitar, supervises the
Jazz Combo System, and directs the Jazz Guitar Ensemble. Rick has served on the summer
faculties of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Band Director Academy, the Birch Creek Music
Center and the Jim Widner Summer Jazz Camps.
Rick has been playing guitar for forty-nine years and has studied with many of the Masters of
Jazz Guitar. Among these are, Johnny Smith, Howard Roberts, Pat Martino, and most
recently Bucky Pizzarelli (7-string).
Professor Haydon has been performing professionally for over thirty-five years and has
played in a variety of situations