Wild Flower Sextet: Celebrating Wayne Shorter

Wild Flower Sextet

Matt Anderson – Tenor Saxophone; Laura Jurd – Trumpet; Alex Munk – Electric Guitar; Jamil Sheriff – Piano; Sam Gardner – Drums; Sam Vicary – Double-Bass

Wild Flower celebrates one of the greatest musicians and composers of all time, Wayne Shorter, famous for his contribution across the whole spectrum of jazz, from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, through the Miles Davis Second Great Quintet and Weather Report to his new Quartet. This dynamic new group aims to capture some of the essence of Shorter’s approach and sound in a celebration of his music, with deconstructed re-workings of his compositions as well as new material.

The band is led by saxophonist Matt Anderson, who 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. The Matt Anderson Quartet toured nationally in 2012, with JazzUK commenting: “melodic standards and original tunes… impressive throughout,” and he has gone on to work with many of his former tutors, currently appearing in bands led by Jiannis Pavlidis, Jamie Taylor and Jamil Sheriff.

The sextet draws on an all-star line-up of UK jazz musicians. Laura Jurd is an award-winning young trumpeter making waves on the UK jazz scene both with her own quartet (currently pairing up with the Ligeti string quartet) and as a member of ensembles such as the London Sound Painting Orchestra and the Matt Roberts Big Band. Guitarist Alex Munk is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and is currently working with a number of distinguished UK musicians/groups including Stan Sulzmann Big Band, Ivo Neame and Trish Clowes. Pianist Jamil Sheriff lectures at Leeds College of Music and is well known for his own projects such as his Octet and Big Band. Finally, drummer Sam Gardner and bassist Sam Vicary have built up a rapport playing together in a variety of settings, from appearing with jazz artists such as Jiannis Pavlidis, Tim Whitehead and  Krzysztof Urbanski to performing and recording with ambient hip-hop band Ikestra.

Wild Flower Sextet – J.G. (Matt Anderson)

Wild Flower Sextet – Masqualero (Wayne Shorter)

Wild Flower Sextet – Blues for Wayne (Matt Anderson)

Wild Flower Sextet – Fall (Wayne Shorter)


Higher-quality audio versions of the video tracks available on soundcloud here.


“This gig was a sell-out, and we were treated to a truly excellent performance by Matt Anderson’s Wild Flower Sextet, playing music of Wayne Shorter and some of Matt’s own compositions.  The line-up… delighted and entertained us, and time only allowed us one encore though we would have loved more. A performance full of quality and promise for the future.”
Jean Watson, Seven Jazz Leeds

“Brother, you sound f****** great – great sound, great time. Thanks for sharing with me.”
Gilad Atzmon

“Matt generates a tremendous amount of rhythmic and harmonic interest… There’s tremendous subtlety in his playing but he also knows how to swing and communicate something very directly to the audience.”
Jamie Taylor

“a good set with Anderson blowing some nice tenor and impressing with his compositions”
“melodic standards and original tunes… impressive throughout”
Jazz UK

“Matt blows tenor in a most deceptive way… a simple, almost elementary, chorus or two before gradually building and evolving into a kaleidoscopic cascade of notes and phrases that burst triumphantly then disappear from all but the ears of the listener.”
“a fine example of where it’s at… Recommended”
“tasty playing”
“contemporary, original, yet still based on those vital ingredients – harmony, melody and rhythm all knit sympathetically together.”
Lance Liddle, bebopspokenhere blog

“thoroughly enjoyable”

“Relaxed and elegant, but with wholehearted conviction.”
The Leeds Guide

“Play[s] with a maturity surprising in one so young.”
Mike Gordon, Scarborough Jazz

“[Matt’s] playing and writing are both sophisticated and fluent.”
Chris de Saram, Wakefield Jazz

“Nice to hear a project develop and seen through, with good playing and a nice sound.”
Stan Sulzmann

“cool, spacey dynamic… a compelling programme”
Ron Burnett, York Press

“a bold and ambitious work… His compositional ideas are good and his tenor sound warm”
Lance Liddle, bebopspokenhere blog


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