News and Updates

Fine dining and swinging and stringing acoustic music comes to Kingston NY – Matt is bringing a series of instrumental trios into this great sounding room every Tuesday, from 7-9pm, during the Summer of 2024. The Restaurant Kinsley is a beautifully designed, comfortable space with a delicious menu and no cover charge – Oh, and we’re NOT on the patio after all – we’re inside the dining room, and we promise to keep the volume low, and the AC high! This is a chance for Matt to return to his acoustic guitar (a 1930 Gibson L-5), and listeners should expect to hear a cast of top jazz musicians lend their talents to material culled from the jazz traditions of New Orleans, Hot Club Style (Django), and American Songbook – with Caribbean, Italian and French flavors adding to the gumbo.

The extraordinary Bluegrass guitarist Jake Eddy and Matt Munisteri have just announced four duo performances in the Northeast!

April 3rd – The Cock and Bull, Galway NY 7pm
SOLD OUT April 4th – The Music Emporium, Lexington MA 7:30pm
April 5th – Ben and Bucky’s, Burlington VT
April 6th – GUITAR WORKSHOP, Burlington VT
April 7th – The Owl Music Parlor, Brooklyn NY, 7:30pm (With the duo of Charlie Burnham and Joanna Sternberg)

After 7 years of designing the curriculum and recording the lessons, Matt has tied a bow on his Roots of Jazz Guitar class for Peghead Nation: The entire course is now complete and every class is available for streaming, and the library of classes oughta keep anyone busy for years! Now Peghead Nation and Matt are launching a new class – Western Swing Guitar! This class will get into the wide repertoire, fiery solos, innovative techniques and chording styles of the greats of Western Swing Guitar – Eldon Shamblin, Junior Bernard, Zeke Campbell, Jimmy Wyble, Cotton Whittington, George Barnes, Benny Garcia – and many more. Matt’s classes on Peghead Nation also include Swing Soloing and a class quite unlike anything else you’re likely to find anywhere, The Song.

Matt and Jon-Erik Kellso are the featured guests during a full episode of Fresh Air with Terry Gross, airing nationwide on NPR affiliates Thanksgiving eve, Wednesday 11/22/2023. In conversation with host Sam Briger they discuss The EarRegulars, spin tracks from the new CD “Live At The Ear Inn”, and play some duos live in the studio.

 Red Hot Strings is once again happening in person, May 15th-19th 2024 and our staff will be announced in December, with registration open early next year. We’ve got a bunch of staff lined up, so hold the dates and check back soon!

In 2019 the great folks at Centrum hosted a workshop focusing on the complex gumbo of New World string traditions which were all bubbling along throughout the dawn of Jazz, and Red Hot Strings was the result. RHS is a celebration of the “Jazz Age” string players – a long line of musicians birthed in ragtime and blues, and unleashed in the popular music of the 1920s and ’30s. This means 1920’s Hot Jazz and 1930s Swing, and naturally the string-reliant sub-genres of Western Swing, Hawaiian Swing and even the jazzier jugbands of the444 American south. We also regard other stringed instrument innovators throughout The Americas – the Caribbean, Latin America, New Orleans etc. – who were likewise enmeshed in their own dialogues with the era’s emergent Jazz language, as being connected to this acoustic stringed instrument renaissance. From Ragtime to Blues, Classical to Creole, many musical traditions had a hand in the development of the harmonically and rhythmically compelling improvising vocabulary of Jazz, and stringed instrument players were in the mix from its inception!

David Grisman and Matt at RedHotStrings 2023 – photo David Conklin

We’ll offer instruction on guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo and guitar, fiddle, bass, and steel guitar; ensemble classes putting it all together; and lots of opportunities for evening jamming and community building. Please check out our roster of inspiring instructors and classes, and please help spread the world – we are excited about creating a place for this resurgent community to come together and grow!

You know, you try so hard to be different…but one thing I can not escape sharing with pretty much every other improvising guitarist of the past 40 years is that I love and have OF COURSE been influenced by Bill Frisell. Our paths crossed infrequently over the past ten years, but we finally had a chance to play together a couple of years ago thanks to The Fretboard Journal.  In fact, check THIS out!  Bill recently hosted a “Guitar Invitational” as part of the Alternative Guitar Festival, and I’m happy to have been asked to join Julian Lage, Marvin Sewell, and Brandon Ross to perform with Bill and his trio (Tony Sherr and Kenny Wolleson).


A nice crew. photo by Scott Friedlander

Kat has been a pal for around 8 years, and I’ve played on a couple of her discs. She’s a good hang and always an inspiration, so I was very happy when she asked me to go tour with her this Spring when she promotes her brand new recording “Old Fashion Gal” (Hint: BUY IT!) – and thrilled when she asked me to open for her on the tour. We’ll be doing dates around The States in May before heading to Japan and China in June. Check the Live Shows page and come out New York, Chicago, Boston, Ann Arbor, Annapolis, Houston, San Antone, Austin, etc etc!

Some of my regular crew joined me with Kat in the studio at Avatar in October – they are, left to right, Hambone (1961 ES-330) Pokechop (1930 L-5) and Muleskinner (1931 OM-28).

Peghead Nation has just launched (Oct 4th 2017) a course I’ve designed on The Roots of Jazz Guitar. Peghead Nation is a great hub for online lessons, gear reviews, and the enhancement of a growing stringed instrument community – I’m so happy they recognize the need for a class like this! We’ll be learning techniques and repertoire associated with the acoustic jazz guitar pioneers of the 1920’s and ’30’s, including Eddie Lang, Nick Lucas, Dick McDonough, Freddie Green, Carl Kress, Lonnie Johnson, Allan Reuss, and many more. With a range of lessons, updated every month, it’s our intention to have material that both intermediate and advanced players alike can sink their teeth into. It’s been incredibly fun and eye-opening to try to define and develop this curriculum, and I hope that some day it will stand as a meaningful resource for all things related to the acoustic guitar and swinging, stomping, and ragging (not to mention the occasional waltzing and hoedowning!)

Matt will be among the crew of wonderful guitarists performing at the 1st Fretboard Summit happening in Costanoa CA November 6-8. The Fretboard Journal recently hosted Matt again for a little chat which included a couple of videotaped  firsts, as he performed interpretations of Eddie Lang’s “A Little Love, A Little Kiss” and Willard Robison’s “Little Highchairman”.

Looking forward to being ensconced inside a warm and fuzzy cocoon of some of my favorite musicians tonight in Boston at The Berklee Performing Arts Center, putting the Blues in Bluegrass (and the Ass in Grass).  I’m sure Matt Glaser, Catherine Russell, Joe Walsh, Del McCoury, etc etc will bring it – and I think I Catherine and I might even summon our own inner “Bill and Charlie”. Look for videos soon.

Cat on the mando!

She did it! Cat on the mando. Photo Marla Singleton


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