Saxophonist, composer and band-leader Matt Anderson graduated from Leeds College of Music in 2010 with First Class Honours, also receiving the Sam Hood Rosebowl for Outstanding Performance. He has since studied with Iain Ballamy and Stan Sulzmann and was awarded ‘Young Musician of the Year’ at the Jazz Yorkshire Awards 2010. He has gone on to work with many of his former tutors, appearing in bands led by Jiannis Pavlidis, MATT ANDERSON 2Jamil Sheriff, Mark Donlon and Jamie Taylor as well as featuring on Taylor’s latest CD ‘Introducing Outside Line,’ and he released his debut album with his band Wild Flower Sextet in 2015 alongside a national tour, with Selwyn Harris of Jazzwise describing it as, “their own unique stamp on Shorter’s very personal repertoire… of a quality that resonates with its inspirational source… Enjoyably un-pretentious.” He relocated from Leeds to London in 2015 and is currently studying for an MA Performance at the Royal Academy of Music.

His main project is the Wild Flower Sextet, an all-star band playing original music inspired by the sound and approach of jazz legend Wayne Shorter, alongside new arrangements of classic and lesser-known Shorter compositions. The band released their debut album on the Jellymould Jazz label in 2015 to critical acclaim and it features many leading U.K. jazz musicians such as Laura Jurd and Alex Munk.

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

artfully twisted performance… The idiom was nailed, but this is far more than a tribute band… They may have been mining a rich legacy, but they were in no way slaves to it… Go see them.” Mike Collins Blog

The strength of this album… is that although Shorter may be the inspiration, these musicians… are very much their own people. This is a strong start from six players who sound like they get on very well together.” Peter Bacon, The Jazz Breakfast

The leader’s own tenor is commanding both in its resonance and uninhibitedness, rallying his players to a full and fluent sound which exudes real enjoyment… it must take a certain amount of fearlessness to approach the venerable music of Wayne Shorter. Nonetheless, the sextet… feels impressively unrestrained, allowing efflorescent freedom of expression… Wild Flower is as fresh and imaginative as they come – this sextet deserves to flourish.” Adrian Pallant

The band’s interpretations are cool and assured… Wildflower is an accessible and richly melodic album of great warmth and sophistication.” Peter Jones, London Jazz News

the group’s performance incorporated all the classic Blue Note virtues; an engaging hook, swinging rhythms, some excellent horn interplay, and absorbing solos by Anderson on tenor and Leak on piano… proof if any were needed that jazz is very much a living music. Anybody who sees the sextet on this tour is sure to want to hear the album which features some excellent playing.” Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann

Heritage repertory “golden age” acoustic jazz made with a great deal of respect and love by these talented musicians all beginning to make a name for themselves, Anderson’s tunes blending well with the classic material…” Stephen Graham, Marlbank

I was knocked out… Anderson doesn’t attempt to emulate Shorter but blows his own thing in a manner that I’m sure Shorter would approve of.” Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here