“(Matthew Yeakley) is the hope for electric jazz… I didn’t think young guys played like that anymore” –Justin Randi, Owner of the world famous Baked Potato Jazz club.
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. He was on the road playing colleges along the west coast by 21. At 23 he left the west coast for Minneapolis, after being hired by “The Higgle” as their lead guitarist. The Higgle toured extensively around the northern mid-west. 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.
Kevin Richardson (Backstreet Boys)
Joshua White (2011 Monk Piano Competition 2nd Place)
Gina Saputo (Herbie Hancock, Nnenna Freelan)
Jesse Charnow (Ravi Shankar, Ike Turner)
Jeff Moore (The Meters)
Paulie Cerra (Jimmy Johnson)
The Fillmore (San Francisco)
The Baked Potato (Los Angeles)
The Blue Whale (Los Angeles)
The Knitting Factory (Hollywood)
Check out a video of Matthew here: Matthew Yeakley