For more than a decade, Matthew Horwich has performed as a freelance saxophonist in the Midwest, throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Illinois, playing at over a thousand special events and weekly engagements at hundreds of jazz clubs, bars, restaurants, country clubs, hotels, concerts, festivals, television shows, radio broadcasts, and private events.
He has played in a variety of musical contexts including straight-ahead, contemporary and modern jazz, swing, Latin, blues, rhythm and blues, funk, soul, motown, pop, dance, disco, merengue, salsa, reggae and classical.
Traditional jazz songs on his repertoire are by artists such as Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley, Clifford Brown, Herbie Hancock, Joe Lovano, Kenny Garrett, Pat Metheny, and Keith Jarrett
Contemporary songs are by artists such as Grover Washington, Jr., David Sanborn, George Benson, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire. Al Green, Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Roberta Flack, Sade, John Legend and Beyonce.
Matthew has also taught saxophone and theory for over fifteen years, and has served on the faculty at Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Case Western Reserve University, and studied with world-renowned saxophonist Kevin Burner. While enrolled at CWRU, he played in the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Wind Ensemble as first alto saxophone and section leader, and CWRU’s Jazz Ensemble One as lead alto. Press coverage on Matthew has included Fox Eight News, 107.3 The Wave WNWV, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Cleveland Scene, The Tri-C JazzFest, The Jazz & Blues Report, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and The Cleveland Federation of Musicians.