The Matt Wates Sextet is a straight-ahead, very tight, cohesive unit that swings like mad . Catch them on Friday, July 5 at their first appearance at the Under Ground Theatre in Eastbourne.
The combination of two saxes, trumpet and rhythm section is rooted in the traditions of the small modern jazz bands of the Fifties and Sixties. About 80 per cent of the material the band plays are originals, with the rest consisting of standards from the great American songbook. Expect some Latin numbers and some funky tunes, but it’s the swing that’s the thing.
Described as ‘a seriously good band containing six of Britain’s finest jazz musicians,’ joining Matt on alto sax is Steve Main (tenor sax), Martin Shaw (trumpet) who has played with the pop group ‘Jamiroquai,’ Leon Greening (piano), Malcolm Creese (bass) who has played with numerous stars including ‘Sting,’ and Matt Home (drums).