North Dakota State University
Artist's BiographySaxophonist Matthew Patnode is Associate Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at North Dakota State University in Fargo. He has earned degrees and certificates from the State University of New York at Potsdam, the Conservatoire de Bordeaux, France, and Arizona State University. He has studied saxophone with Joseph Wytko, Joe Viola, Jean-Marie Londeix, and James Stoltie. He has performed as orchestral saxophonist with the Phoenix Symphony, the Phoenix Pops, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, and has appeared as soloist with many high school, college, and community groups throughout the mid-west. He performed Ingolf Dahls Concerto with the NDSU Wind Symphony at the 2010 College Band Directors Association mid-west conference, and with this group will be featured in 2013 on Minnesota Public Radio as soloist on Piet Swerts Dance of Uzume in June 2013.
He has presented saxophone and jazz clinics at North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota Music Educator conferences and has performed at regional, national and world saxophone conferences in the U.S, Canada, and Scotland. Matt has recently been named 2013 ND Jazz Educator of the Year, is a past president of the North Dakota chapter of the International Association for Jazz Education, and has been on the artist-faculty of the International Music Camp since 1994.
As a member of the FM Jazz Arts Big Band, he has performed with such noted artists as Buddy DeFranco, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, Allen Vizzutti, and Bud Shank. He has also performed in commercial groups backing up singers Ray Charles, Kurt Elling, Rosemary Clooney, Frankie Valli, Bobby Vinton, Wayne Newton, the Temptations, and the Four Tops. As soprano saxophonist with the Hard-Bop Saxophone Quartet, he can be heard on their 2006 release April in Fargo. He performs regularly with the Trio Carrefour, a saxophone, marimba and piano trio; the Hard-Bop Saxophone Quartet, and Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome.