Student 2021 Class > Matt Incontro
Matt Incontro is a saxophonist, reed musician, and composer from Buffalo, NY. In 2016 he moved to Rochester and began studying jazz performance at the Eastman School of Music. Matt recently graduated from his undergraduate studies and moved back to Buffalo to help his family during the pandemic. While taking saxophone and doubles lessons with his studio teacher, Charles Pillow, Matt has been fortunate enough to hone his improvisatory skills with Clay Jenkins, Jeff Campbell, Dariusz Terefenko, and Gary Versace. He played in Rich Thompson’s Eastman Lab Band, Dave Rivello’s Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, and Bill Dobbins’ Eastman Jazz Ensemble where he led the saxophone section for two years. Besides Eastman artists, Matt has had the pleasure of learning from jazz musicians including Tony Kadleck, Joe Magnarelli, Loren Stillman, Bryan Lynch, Scott Robinson, Tanya Darby, Kirsten Edkins, Sherman Irby, and Danilo Perez. In January 2020, Matt competed in the inaugural Jack Rudin Jazz Championship with the Eastman Jazz Ensemble where Wynton Marsalis awarded him best soprano saxophonist.