Twenty five year old guitarist Matt Hopper hails from Shawnee, KS. He has been playing guitar since the age of 12 and performing live since 17. As a high school student Matt was a part of the jazz program at Shawnee Mission North West under the direction of Doug Talley. There he studied college level music theory and jazz theory. After high school, Matt attended the UMKC Conservatory of Music under the direction of the legendary Bobby Watson. He also studied privately with guitarist Danny Embrey, Rod Fleeman, Steve Cardenas, and studied two years of classical guitar with the famous Doug Neids.
Over the years, Matt has performed with the likes of Houston Person, Gary Foster, Bobby Watson, Kevin Mahogany, Curtis Lunde, and Paquito D'Rivera. His soulful style and sense for groove got him a write-up in Jam Magazine as “Young Lion” in the June/ July issue of 2005.
He continues to play in the tradition of organ jazz with the Everette DeVan Quartet. His influences include George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, Grant Green and Rodney Jones.
"I play for God and to make people feel good." Matt