Biography

Born in Huddersfield,West Yorkshire in 1973, Matt started with the trumpet when he was six but switched to drums at 8, taking drum lessons at school. Aged 18, Matt moved to Leeds to begin a three year course in Jazz and popular music at CLCM graduating in 1994  and soon started working around Leeds and the north of England with local musicians and visiting Jazz musicians from London and the US and Europe.
In 1995 Matt went on a 15 date tour of the UK in a support group assembled to play orchestral renditions of ” Britpop” bands’ music with Pop group ” Blur”

In 1999, Matt moved  to London and soon began playing with many of  the leading musicians in London, the UK and Europe and focused attention on developing skills in the jazz field.
Matt works regularly with Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams, Dave O higgins, Tina May, Elaine Delmar,Nigel Price and Matt Wates among others and has played with many US artists including Barry Harris,John Bunch, Hod O’ Brien, Herb Geller, Scott Hamilton, Howard Alden, Ken Peplowski, Bob Wilber ,Joe Cohn, Jim Snidero, Eric Alexander  and Gary Smulyan, with whom he completed two UK tours.

He has also played in Jazz festivals throughout Europe and South America with Ray Gelato.2007-2010,and recorded with a great many artists including Stacey Kent,Ray Gelato, Karen Sharp, Matt Wates, Alex Garnett, Dave Cliff, Nigel Price, Gareth Lockrane and Allison Neale. Current projects include the  Brandon Allen quartet with whom he appears regualrly at Ronnie Scott’s club, and the Nigel Price Organ Trio with whom he has had a ten year collaboration.
Teaching and educational credits include extensive one-to-one private tuition as well as A period at DRUMTECH in London where he taught large ensembles and one to one drum lessons.
Matt has also made regular appearances on TV including Paul O Grady’s show with UK singer Cleo Laine and The Alan Titchmarsh Show with Curtis Stigers and Mitch Winehouse.
In 2011 he appeared in the re- make of the film ” Gambit” with a band assembled by Guy Barker for scenes working alongside Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman and Colin Firth.

Matt’s  drumming influences are many but would include; Jo Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Art Taylor, Roy Haynes, Philly Joe Jones, Albert “tootie” Heath, Billy Higgins, Mel Lewis, Jimmy Cobb to name a few. Of today’s modern drummers he likes Joe Farnsworth, Lewis Nash, Kenny Washington, Willie Jones iii, Rodney Green, Gregory Hutchinson and Bill Stewart.

Matt currently plays regularly with Nigel Price Organ Trio, Matt Wates sextet and Brandon Allen’s quartet.He also appears regularly at Ronnie Scott’s as part of the house band and at the Late Show from 11pm weekdays.

The Nigel Price Organ Trio recently won best jazz ensemble in the 2010 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.Gareth Lockrane’s septet album “No Messin” (on which he played) also won best jazz album of 2010.
Recent recording work includes selected tracks from Stacey Kent’s latest CD The Changing Lights”

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