Performer Profile

Matt Baldwin

Matt Baldwin began his musical career in Saint Louis, Missouri, composing and playing saxophone in church at an early age. Baldwin received his bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, grading summa cum laude as an Honors Program scholar. During his undergraduate studies, Baldwin had the opportunity to study with Bobby Watson, Dan Thomas, Matt Otto, and Michael Shults, all of whom have significantly influenced his playing. Inspired by Watson’s 29th Street Saxophone Quartet, Baldwin established his own saxophone quartet in 2012. Since then, he has arranged and composed twenty saxophone quartet pieces and recorded them by playing each saxophone part on his newest album, Fountain City Funk. An avid composer, Baldwin plans to release an album of original big band music as well as an album of original gospel/R&B music featuring complex horn arrangements. In 2013, Baldwin compiled a set of hymn arrangements that can be heard on the album, Mosaic.


In Kansas City, Baldwin performs weekly with the 627 Foundation Big Band and the New Jazz Order Big Band. He also plays with his trios, quartets, the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, the Marcus Lewis Big Band, Chis Hazleton’s Boogaloo 7, and Julian Vaughn. Among others, Baldwin has shared the stage with Bobby Watson, the Four Tops, Michael Feinstein, and the New York Voices.