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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Wildflower at Heart

From Lesley Jeffries

Wild Flower is an all-star band led by saxophonist Matt Anderson playing original music inspired by the sound and approach of jazz legend Wayne Shorter, alongside new arrangements of classic and lesser-known Shorter compositions. The band released their debut album featuring special guest trumpeter Laura Jurd in 2015 on the Jellymould Jazz label to widespread critical acclaim and airplay on BBC Radio 3 alongside a 13-date national tour and launch gig at Pizza Express Dean Street, with Selwyn Harris of Jazzwise writing "Their own unique stamp on Shorter's very personal repertoire... of a quality that resonates with its inspirational source... Enjoyably un-pretentious."

Originally hailing from the North Yorkshire Moors and now living in London, saxophonist and composer Matt Anderson is the 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.

Wild Flower draws on an all-star line-up of UK jazz musicians. Guitarist Alex Munk just released his debut album with Flying Machines to glowing reviews in the press. Pianist Jamil Sheriff is the Jazz Pathway Leader at Leeds College of Music and is well known for his own projects such as his Octet, Big Band and Trio. 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.

Needing no introduction, 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.

"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

Matt Anderson – Tenor Saxophone, Alex Munk – Guitar, Jamil Sheriff – Piano, Sam Vicary – Double Bass, Sam Gardner – Drums

Sat April 1st 2017 Doors 7.30 and music about 8 p.m. Tickets £10 and £6 (concs) from reception or www.heartcentre.org.uk 


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