About Matt Erman
Get to know Matt Erman
Matthew Erman is currently a second-year Masters student pursuing a degree in Jazz and Contemporary Media studying under Charles Pillow at the Eastman School of Music. Matthew attended The State University of New York at Fredonia where he studied both classical and jazz saxophone and completed degrees in Music Education and Jazz Studies. During his time at Fredonia, Matthew was a member of the Fredonia New Jazz Ensemble which received Downbeat magazine's Student Music Award for Outstanding Performance by a College Large Jazz Ensemble - Undergraduate College division, in 2019. He also won the Fredonia Jazz Society Student Jazz Competition in 2019. Matthew has had the opportunity to study with a number of teachers who have impacted him and his playing, they include Chris Hemingway, John Marshall, Bill Katz, Alec Dube, John Bacon Jr., Nick Weiser, Diane Hunger, Nick Childs, and Elliot Scozzaro. Some of his primary musical influences are Kenny Garrett, Dick Oatts, and Terrace Martin. Matthew keeps a regular performance schedule outside of his private lesson studio and can be seen playing at many venues around Rochester and the Western New York area.