Matt is a teacher and guitarist in Greenville, South Carolina. He is Professor of Jazz Guitar at Furman University, teacher for guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and music theory and owner at Watson Wood Music, is a founding member of the Greenville Jazz Collective (GJC), voted Best Jazz Band of the Upstate by the readers of the Greenville News, and is a member of Latin-pop group Phat Lip, and plays frequently with a wide variety of other area projects.
As a board member of the Greenville Jazz Collective, he is a steadfast advocate and volunteer for arts and jazz education through fundraising and administrative activities. He is the leader of the GJC JazzEd Ensemble which has visited over 50 area schools in the past 5 years, mostly for no charge to the schools, to share the magic of jazz with younger audiences.
He has played guitar and banjo on Rhapsody in Blue, The Three Penny Opera, Symphonic Pictures of Porgy and Bess and West Side Story with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and Spartanburg Philharmonic. Matt has also played guitar, banjo, mandolin, and ukulele with the touring Broadway companies for SpamAlot, Legally Blonde, Chicago, and 9 to 5 the Musical, Anything Goes, Motown the Musical, Newsies, Matilda the Musical, Beautiful: The Carol King Story, and Something Rotten as well as productions for the Greenville Little Theater, Centre Stage, and other local companies in Greenville, SC, including Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, and Kings and Queens of Country.

Born in Baltimore, Matt grew up in Greenville, began playing the guitar at the age of 11, and started performing professionally at 17. After graduating from the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC, he attended the University of Miami on scholarship where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in Studio Music and Jazz Performance.

After leaving Miami, he moved to Asheville, NC in 2004 and taught privately at the Asheville School. He moved back to Greenville in 2006.