Laura Jurd – Trumpet
Alex Munk – Electric Guitar
Jamil Sheriff – Piano
Sam Vicary – Double-Bass
Sam Gardner – Drums
Wild Flower Sextet 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. At this very special album-launch gig in the LCoM Recital Room, the band will be working with the Leeds-based Jellymould Jazz label to release their debut album in the very same space in which it was recorded in 2014.
Matt Anderson graduated from Leeds College of Music in 2010 with First Class Honours, also receiving the Sam Hood Rosebowl for Outstanding Performance. 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'.
The sextet draws on an all-star line-up of UK jazz musicians. 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. Guitarist 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. Pianist Jamil Sheriff is Pathway Leader for Jazz at Leeds College of Music and is well known for his own projects such as his Octet and Big Band. 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 to performing and recording with ambient hip-hop band Ikestra.
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.
“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)
“The Lit and Phil's jazz patrons were fully immersed in the performance and once more the sustained applause said it all. An excellent gig from a top class band.”
Russell, bebopspokenhere blog (review of the Wild Flower Sextet at Jazz North East)
“This gig was a sell-out, and we were treated to 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
Wild Flower Sextet Album-Launch gig at Leeds College of Music on the 3rd Feb 2015
It's at the Leeds College of Music Recital Room, Quarry Hill, Leeds, pricing is £12/£10/£8 (staff/students).