As a solo artist, Nathan has released two instrumental acoustic guitar cd’s, For Your Ears Only, 2-5 Jive and has a third CD in the works. His passionate and aggressive style of playing that makes every performance musically and visually brilliant! Influenced by an array of musicians, he has fused many styles including blues, funk, jazz, rock, and fingerstyle to create an original sound. The music is polyphonic; including melody, harmonic progressions, bass lines, as well as percussion all performed simultaneously. Over the years some of the most significant influences are Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tuck Andress, John Scofield, Pat Martino, Preston Reed, Don Ross, Charlie Hunter, Stanley Jordon, Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, Djangto Reinhard, Wes Montgomery, and Charles Mingus.
Nathan Montgomery started playing guitar with the inspiration and guidance from his Dad at the age of 9. Since then he has participated in numerous school band programs ranging from elementary to high school. After years of practice, and awarded a full scholarship, Nathan attended Wayne State University, graduating in 2002, with a bachelors in Jazz Performance. At Wayne State he studied under Chris Collins and Steve Carryer.
While in college Nathan became a member of the teaching staff at Gus Zoppi Music Center located in Sterling Heights, Michigan from 1994-2005 where he taught guitar and bass lessons to student from ages 4-64 in a variety of musical styles including jazz, fingerstyle, blues, rock and everything in between. Over the past 20 years of teaching his students been received many performance awards, professional successes and college scholarships. In January 2010 Nathan returned to Gus Zoppi’s as a private instructor and is currently taking new students.
Nathan Montgomery has performed live instrumental acoustic guitar as well as with a wide range of music groups and styles including Groovelation (jazz/funk/fusion), The Fringe (rock), Saoco (Latin jazz/salsa), 7-Millin Jigwatts (rock), Grace and the guys (jazz), Rhythm Society Orchestra (big band/swing) many more. He has also had the amazing experiences of opening up for many well respected artists such as Tuck & Patti, John Fogerty, Brian Vander Ark of the Verve Pipe and Doyle Dykes.
Most recently (as of Feb 2011) Nathan has been preforming, writing and recording a wide range of styles/genres/projects including 45th Parallel acoustic rock and alternative duo, a straight ahead/fusion jazz trio and 3rd solo finger-style CD along with teaching private lessons.