Originally hailing from the North Yorkshire Moors and now living in London, saxophonist and composer Matt Anderson released his debut album with his band Wild Flower in 2015 on the Jellymould Jazz label to widespread critical acclaim and airplay on BBC Radio 3 alongside a 13-date UK tour and launch gig at Pizza Express Dean Street, London.
Winner of the Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition 2017, he is popular as a sideman in a variety of projects on the fertile London and Leeds jazz scenes such as the bands of Jamie Taylor (also appearing as a featured soloist on his latest album) and Mark Donlon, performing regularly across the UK and internationally with recent appearances in New Zealand and Scandinavia.
He also directs and writes for his own projects such as the Matt Anderson Quartet. In October last year he performed in Greece with Jiannis Pavlidis’ Quintet featuring legendary American jazz drummer Greg Hutchinson, and he recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music’s Masters course with Distinction, also receiving a Diploma and the Craig Ball Prize as well as the George Drexler Foundation Scholarship.
Alongside his busy performance schedule, Matt also lectures at Leeds College of Music, runs workshops for organisations like National Youth Jazz Orchestra London, Jazz-at-HEART and the Cambridge Jazz Co-Operative, and teaches privately and for Buckinghamshire Learning Trust.
Press quotes for Wild Flower:
“Their own unique stamp on Shorter’s very personal repertoire… of a quality that resonates with its inspirational source… Enjoyably un-pretentious.” Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise
“This is sophisticated stuff, with a proper handle on Shorter’s post-bop genius… Everyone plays superbly and the whole set is wholly recommended.” ***** Mark Gilbert, Jazz Journal
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