Biography

Dr. Matt Leder is an avid educator and has performed as a guest artist / clinician throughout the United States.  Dr. Leder holds a DA in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado, a MM in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans, and a BM in Jazz Performance from East Carolina University. While at UNO, Leder was a member of the “Louis Armstrong Quintet”, funded through the Armstrong Foundation. Dr. Leder has studied with Ellis Marsalis, Clyde Kerr, Irvin Mayfield, and many others. He has a passion for the music and culture of New Orleans. Dr. Leder’s dissertation, “Towards An Informed Pedagogy of Modern New Orleans Style”, describes New Orleans style and offers possibilities of adding this syntax of jazz into the modern classroom. Recently, Dr. Leder was invited to be a National Endowment of Humanities Summer Scholar at Tulane University in New Orleans.  

Dr. Leder has been a professional musician for over 20 years and performs all genres of music. Leder served over eight years as an active duty Navy musician and four years as an Air Force musician.  While a member of the armed forces, he performed for five US presidents.   

Dr. Leder had a wide variety of experiences including selection into the International Association of Jazz Educators All Star Collegiate Big Band, performances at Carnegie Hall, Birdland, and Boston’s Symphony Hall; a theater stint in Myrtle Beach that included shows with Steve Gatlin and the Stars of the Lawrence Welk Show, a national tour with “In the Mood”, and has performed in supporting ensembles for Bob Mintzer, Benny Green, Melton Mustafa, Nicholas Payton, Ellis Marsalis, Ana Popovic, and several others. Dr. Leder is currently principal trumpet in the Gadsden Symphony Orchestra and leads his own jazz quartet.  

Dr. Leder has served as Music Director/Instructor at Gadsden State Community College since August 2014. Prior to this appointment, he was Chair of the Music Department at Northern New Mexico College. He has also served as faculty at Brown University, University of Colorado at Denver, Community College of Rhode Island, and St. George’s School. He has notations in Downbeat, All Hands Magazine, and ITG Journal. Leder is a current member of the Jazz Education Network, International Trumpet Guild, and NAfME.  Dr. Leder is an artist for Torpedo Bags and Facet Mutes.

It is Dr. Leder’s hope that his students will develop an appreciation of Jazz and perform at the highest level of musical excellence.  It is also Dr. Leder’s passion to bring jazz awareness to the community at large.

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