Monty Craig - Jazz Guitarist
Monty began playing jazz guitar in Greenville, SC, where he studied with Charlie Wood and Tim Haden. He continued his education with Jim Mings and Christopher Berg at The University of South Carolina and joined the South Carolina National Guard Band, where he was mentored by two SC jazz greats, trumpeter Charlie Parker and saxophonist Skipp Pearson. He attended Berklee College of Music and studied with Al DeFino and Bret Wilmont. Monty continued serving in the National Guard, performing with the Massachusetts National Guard Band in Fall River. Monty joined the Army Band of New York City and while there, studied with Ben Monder, Dave Stryker, and Kurt Rosenwinkel.
Monty has served as Professor of Jazz Guitar at Clemson University since 2006. His specialties include improvisation, music theory, small group performance, beginner guitar, and jazz history. He is a founding member of the Clemson Faculty Jazz Combo and is an active performer and member of many professional groups. He has performed with Ben Street, Ben Monder, Chris Potter, Ron Westray, Wycliffe Gordon, Fred Wesley, and Jeff Sipe. Under his direction, the Clemson student and faculty combos perform up to 100 performances a year. He is a member of the Jazz Education Network.
In 2003 Monty released a recording of all original jazz compositions called Rocket Number Nine Zoom Zoom Up on the Contraphonic label. In 2015 he and Jim Mings released Day by Day.