Matt; a saxophonist/flutist and founder of Matt and Phred’s Jazz Club has been one of the main driving forces in jazz and live music over the last 25 years in the North West England.
Matt has a full sound on tenor and a flowing melodic playing style. Matt plays all saxophones flute and clarinet He starting playing at the age of 13 Matt learning his craft on the streets busking in his teenage years and also running and promoting bands from the age of 15. A notable session player with many bands Matt was a member of cult Acid-Jazz Band Chapter and the Verse, No1 Rave band E-Lustrious and legendary DJs, The Jam MCs. His tireless promotion of jazz in Manchester and the North of England lead to the foundation of Matt and Phred’s Jazz Club in 1999. The Manchester Jazz Festival and Iroko records.
It was at Matt and Phred’s Jazz Club that Matt had the chance to stage the music for a greater audience, giving local and international musicians a rare platform outside of London. Nicknamed the “Ronnie Scotts of the North” Matt and Phred’s Jazz Club has now become a world famous and has been key in the development of the Manchester Jazz scene. The development of the musicians was a key role in the ethos of the club in those early days and residences were given so the individual musicians and bands so they could “try out” without artistic restrictions placed up them. After ten years at the club Matt has now left to pursue his current musical projects
Matt’s projects include:
CRaB which includes the virtuoso bass of internationally acclaimed musician Michael Cretu on Double Bass and the impeccable percussion of Chris Cruiks.
Calaita Flamenco Son. Whose album of the same name is out on World Music Network’s Riverboat Records Label features the Triana Seville born Flamenco singer Chico Pere, Glenn Sharpe on guitar and another Seville musician Leo Paredes on percussion
MØNSTER a quartet featuring Mads Heide from Copenhagen, Andy Hay on Drums and Grant Russell on Double Bass.
I don’t know if you keep up with messages sent here but I just wanted to say that I heard your name mentioned on an Andy Hay track played by Gilles Peterson on 6Music.
It’s good to hear that you are still playing and thriving. I often think of those early 90’s day at Bells and Monday nights in Dry Bar and Chinatown.
I hope all is well with you