Born in the North Yorkshire Moors, the son of a music teacher, and based in Leeds for a time, saxophonist and Dankworth Prize-winning composer Matt Anderson has lived in London since 2015. His upcoming album with the Matt Anderson Quartet Live at Leeds Jazz Festival will be released on the 1st March 2024. This follows Wild Flower Sextet, Rambling and The Town and the City which were all well-received by the jazz press, with All About Jazz describing the latest release as “a work that focuses on the band’s musicianship and the strength of the compositions, while a real sense of spontaneity and enjoyment pervades the recording… Anderson’s tenor saxophone tone is rich and warm”.
Becoming part of the fertile jazz scene in the capital, Anderson has since performed with artists/bands such as the Gareth Lockrane and Calum Gourlay big bands, Jamie Doe, Hannes Riepler and Ivo Neame. In Leeds, he performed and recorded with many of the city’s top musicians/composers including Jamie Taylor, Jamil Sheriff and Jiannis Pavlidis (in collaboration with Greg Hutchinson), and he has also toured in New Zealand, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. In 2023, he was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for contributions to the music industry.
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