London-based saxophonist and composer Matt Anderson presents a new quartet featuring four exciting musicians, all of whom are bandleaders and composers in their own right. The band puts an emphasis on original writing, with arrangements often conceived together as a group, and takes inspiration from sources as wide-ranging as Wayne Shorter, folk music of the British Isles, the European jazz scene and groove/rock music. They have performed to audiences across the UK, and recently represented the Royal Academy of Music as finalists in the Keep an Eye International Jazz Competition at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Originally hailing from the North Yorkshire Moors, Matt released his debut album with his band Wild Flower in 2015 on the Jellymould Jazz label to widespread critical acclaim and airplay on BBC Radio 3 alongside a 13-date UK tour and launch gig at Pizza Express Dean Street, London. Winner of the Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition 2017, he is popular as a sideman in a variety of projects on the fertile London and Leeds jazz scenes such as the bands of Jamie Taylor (also appearing as a featured soloist on his latest album) and Mark Donlon, performing regularly across the UK and internationally with recent appearances in New Zealand and Scandinavia. In October last year he performed in Greece with Jiannis Pavlidis' Quintet featuring legendary American jazz drummer Greg Hutchinson.
Jamil Sheriff is one of the most highly regarded pianists on the Northern and UK jazz scenes. Based in Leeds, where he is Pathway Leader for Jazz/Folk on the Leeds College of Music jazz course, he has toured extensively nationally and internationally with his own ensembles and within the many groups he performs. These include his own Octet, Big Band and Trio, as well as distinguished artists such as Colman Brothers, Rosie Brown, Jamie Taylor, Joel Purnell, Rob Lavers, Neil Yates and Jim Corry.
Sam Vicary is a bassist and producer based in Manchester. He is a current member of the Cinematic Orchestra, touring internationally as well as performing on their forthcoming album, and Piper Tiger as well as leading and writing for his own project Hunrosa. His first album with this group is scheduled for early 2018. He has also played with artists such as Manu Delago, Miguel Atwood-Furguson and Stuart MacCallum.
Jay Davis’ sympathetic and highly musical approach to the drums means he is one of the most in-demand young drummers on the London scene, featuring for example as a co-leader of Big Bad Wolf alongside guitarist Rob Luft. He has been the recipient of many awards including a Yamaha Jazz Scholarship, John Scheerer Prize for Drum Kit and the Sir Elton John Prize as well as performing all over the world in a wide variety of settings with artists such as Ian Shaw and Rachel Sermanni.
Matt Anderson – Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Jamil Sheriff – Keyboards
Sam Vicary – Double-Bass
Jay Davis – Drums and Cymbals
Quotes (for Matt Anderson’s Wild Flower Sextet)
"Their own unique stamp on Shorter's very personal repertoire... of a quality that resonates with its inspirational source... Enjoyably un-pretentious." Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise
"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