Shrewsbury Jazz Network presents Wild Flower Sextet

The Hive, Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE (phone 01743 234970)

Saturday 17th January at 8 pm

Tickets £14, members £12, under 18s £7 from the Hive, Pengwern Books in Fish Street.

Wild Flower Sextet, led by saxophonist Matt Anderson, plays original music inspired by the work of Wayne Shorter and new arrangements of  his compositions.

Wayne Shorter is a legendary figure across the whole spectrum of jazz, from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and his own seminal albums on Blue Note Records through the Miles Davis Second Great Quintet and Weather Report to his new Quartet.

The Sextet has recently recorded its debut album with support from Jazz Services and is visiting Shrewsbury as part of a national tour to promote the album on the Jellymould Jazz label.

Matt Anderson graduated from Leeds College of Music in 2010 with First Class Honours. 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, Jamil Sheriff and Jamie Taylor as well as featuring on Taylor's latest CD 'Introducing Outside Line'.

Laura Jurd is an award-winning young trumpeter making waves on the UK jazz scene with the Laura Jurd Quartet (currently pairing up with the Ligeti string quartet) and the Chaos Orchestra, and also as a member of ensembles such as the London Sound Painting Orchestra and Blue-Eyed Hawk.

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.

Jamil Sheriff lectures at Leeds College of Music and is well known for his own projects such as his Octet and Big Band.

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.

Matt Anderson - Tenor Saxophone

Laura Jurd - Trumpet

Alex Munk - Guitar

Jamil Sheriff - Piano

Sam Vicary - Double-Bass

Sam Gardner - Drums

“Anderson adds another fine solo—crisp intonation and an economy of style leave space to savour each note.”  Bruce Lindsay,  All About Jazz (review of Jamie Taylor's Outside Line CD)

“..... 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

“a good set with Anderson blowing some nice tenor and impressing with his compositions”

“melodic standards and original tunes… impressive throughout” Jazz UK

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