Alto saxophonist Matt Wates was born in London in 1964 and graduated from the Berklee College of Music some 24 years later in 1988. The BT British Jazz Awards recognised him as their Rising Star in 1997 and he has since played with Humphrey Lyttelton, Bobby Wellins, Ian Shaw and Jamie Cullum. The Sextet performs mostly original music composed by Wates. On his website, he says of this, "If you're going to have a band, it seems to me you've got to have original material, otherwise you just end up sounding like a lot of other groups." Obviously this approach is successful as the band has recorded nine albums and is still going strong some fourteen years after it was first formed. They will play a couple of American songbook standards, there might also be appearances by Latin tunes and maybe some funky beats, but most of the music will simply swing. "If it isn't swinging at least some of the time, I really don't feel it's jazz" (Matt Wates).
The line up we will hear at the Under Ground is Matt on alto sax, Steve Main (tenor sax), Martin Shaw (trumpet), Leon Greening (piano), Malcolm Creese (bass) and Matt Home (drums).
Under Ground Theatre, Fri 5th July, 20:00.
Tickets £12, UGT members £11, available online, by calling 0845 680 1926, or in person at the Box Office and the Tourist Information Office.