New Jersey bred well renowned Jazz Guitarist Matt Hespelt embraces the tradition of Jazz as both a player and composer, while maintaining an open mind for innovation and various other styles of music. For Matt Hespelt, music serves as the only universal language, where all ideologies and cultures can communicate. No matter how technically complicated his compositions can be, Hespelt always makes them communicate in this fashion and connect with the listener on a deeper level. With experienced in terms of creating and communicating passion for music not only as a leader, but as a sideman Matt has already performed with many peers and mentors, such as; The Jazz House Kids Big Band, Various Manhattan School of Music Precollege ensembles, Christian McBride, Mark Egan, Joe Lovano, Dave Stryker, Karl Latham, Terri Lynne Carrington, Don Braden, Joel Frahm, Al Jarreau, Sheryl Bailey, Jack Pezanelli and many others.
2014 saw his entrance into Berklee College of music. While under the mentorship and guidance of teachers such as: Scott Free, Jack Pezanelli, Terri Lynne Carrington, and many others, Hespelt’s pursuit to becoming an even better jazz guitarist and composer is well underway and will continue to flourish well into the future. Lyle Robinson, Chief editor of Jazz Guitar Life magazine, describes Hespelt as, “quite articulate and I have no doubt that if he keeps playing and working at his craft, he’ll do some great things.” In May of 2018, he graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Jazz Composition