Guitar Summit: Matt Hopper, Adam Schlozman, and Eric Slaughter
Matt Hopper is a jazz guitarist based in Kansas City. Hopper started playing guitar at 12 years old. At 17 he began studying jazz guitar under Danny Embrey. He studied jazz guitar with Rod Fleeman and classical guitar with Doug Neidt at The University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music 2001 – 2005. Hopper is now a mainstay of the Kansas City jazz scene. His debut album, First Love, is has played nationally over 70 radio stations.
Adam Schlozman is a guitarist from Kansas City, Missouri, where he is involved in many facets that make up its jazz scene and spanning many other genres. Whether it’s playing more traditional standards, supporting a big band, playing original modern compositions, or making tracks at home in his studio, Adam pays homage and reaches for depth through the history of the music he plays while constantly striving for originality as well. After attending University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music, Schlozman melded into different musical branches of the scene without delay. This has led to great opportunities including performing with artists such as Bobby Watson, Bob Bowman, Denise Donatelli, and Bill Cunliffe, as well as sharing the stage with legends such as Joe Chambers, and Benny Green. Schlozman can be seen playing with groups from Kansas City such as The Project H, Marcus Lewis Big Band, Brad Cox Octet, Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle, Hot Club KC, Nate Nall Quintet as well as many other combinations of fantastic musicians on a given night.
Guitarist Eric Slaughter is a high energy performer who is dedicated to exploring the various rhythms and musical textures of the world and presenting them with the groove, spontaneity and creative off-center logic which has characterized the best instrumental improvised music through the ages. Born into a musical family, Slaughter attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA before touring the globe spreading his love of jazz.