Nathan BortonAdjunct Faculty
Hailing from Wichita, Kansas, Nathan Borton is a Michigan-based jazz guitar player that draws heavily from the Mid-Western tradition of bebop and the blues. His studies and performances have taken him across the United States from Brevard, North Carolina, to East Lansing, Michigan, and everywhere in-between. Nathan served as the teaching assistant for the nationally acclaimed Jazz Studies program at Michigan State University under the direction of Rodney Whitaker during his graduate degree. There he studied guitar under the tutelage of the great Randy Napoleon.
Nathan has played with and alongside names such as: Freddie Cole, Rodney Whitaker, Michael Dease, Dmitri Matheny, Dale Black and the Sencalar/Glassman Quintet. He has also performed at various music festivals including: The Detroit Jazz Festival, the East Lansing Jazz Festival, The Lansing Jazz Festival, The Kalamazoo Jazz Festival, the Wichita Jazz Festival and the KCKCC Festival.
Recently, Nathan was a winner of the 2019 Wilson Center International Guitar Competition located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as placing as a finalist in 2018. He also won two Downbeat awards in 2019 for Graduate Jazz Soloist and Live Engineering/Production.
Nathan is also an avid educator of music. He currently teaches at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and at Hope College, in Holland, Michigan. Nathan has also taught and mentored at various camps around the nation such as: The Brevard Jazz Institute in Brevard, North Carolina, and The Spectrum Music Camp in East Lansing, Michigan. Nathan was also involved in the “Welcome Home Tour” with the Sencalar/Glassman Quintet as a part of an educational outreach to East Lansing public schools.
Nathan is a proud endorser of Benedetto Guitars in Savannah, Georgia.