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Rick Haydon

Rick Haydon
Office: Dunham Hall Rm 1104

Rick Haydon is Professor Emeritus of Music at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He currently teaches Private Applied Jazz Guitar and directs the Jazz Guitar Ensemble. In his 30+ year career at SIUE, Rick played a key role in the development and evolution of the jazz program as well as the university's recording studio. Rick serves on the summer faculties of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Band Director Academy and the Birch Creek Music Center.

Rick has studied with many of the Masters of Jazz Guitar. Among these are, Johnny Smith, Howard Roberts, Pat Martino, and most recently Bucky Pizzarelli (7-string).

Professor Haydon has been performing professionally for over forty-eight years and has played in a variety of situations. In 1996 he performed with Herb Ellis and Mundell Lowe during the Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Convention. He performed with Bucky Pizzarelli before a sold out concert at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St.Louis in November of 1998. Rick was the featured guest artist at the 2002 Quad City Jazz Festival along with Mulgrew Miller. In 2004 Rick performed with John Pizzarelli at the Classic American Guitar Show in Long Island, New York as part of the Jazz Cabaret Series. Also Professor Haydon received the 2004 Woody Herman Award from the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County,Wisconsin. Rick Haydon has also worked with Jazz at Lincoln Center and Essentially Ellington since 2006. In 2006 he released a recording titled Rick Haydon and John Pizzarelli ‘Just Friends’ for Mel Bay Records that reached 15 on the Jazz Week Top 100 charts. His most recent CD is “4” on Jazz Compass with Clay Jenkins, Gary Hobbs, and Reggie Thomas. 

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