Matt Anderson tenor sax, Mark Chandler trumpet, Alex Munk 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.
The band released their debut album this year on the Jellymould Jazz label to critical acclaim and airplay on BBC Radio 3 alongside a nationwide tour, with London Jazz News writing "The band’s interpretations are cool and assured... Wildflower is an accessible and richly melodic album of great warmth and sophistication."
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. Mark Chandler is one of the top trumpet players in the UK, working internationally and making a living until recently as a session player in London. He started studying with Henry Lowther at the age of thirteen, turning professional at sixteen and working with the likes of Humphrey Lyttelton and Nancy Wilson. Among many others, in the jazz world he also worked in the Johnny Dankworth Big Band, played a tour with George Russell’s Living Time Orchestra, and played with jazz legend Elvin Jones at the Soho Jazz Festival. Mark is now concentrating on jazz tuition working as senior lecturer at Leeds College of Music and devoting his time to playing jazz. 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 lectures 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 to performing and recording with ambient hip-hop band Ikestra, and the latter has recently recorded and performed with the Cinematic Orchestra.
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.
"The band’s interpretations are cool and assured... Wildflower is an accessible and richly melodic album of great warmth and sophistication." Peter Jones, London Jazz News
"the group’s performance incorporated all the classic Blue Note virtues; an engaging hook, swinging rhythms, some excellent horn interplay, and absorbing solos by Anderson on tenor and Leak on piano... proof if any were needed that jazz is very much a living music. Anybody who sees the sextet on this tour is sure to want to hear the album which features some excellent playing." Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann
Listen to the Wild Flower Sextet album at this secret SoundCloud link:
Matt Anderson’s “Wildflower” Sextet feat Mark Chandler @Seven Arts - Sunday 31 January 1.30-4pm £10/8, students £5 kids under 16 free