June 12th 2019 Matt Wates Sextet at The Pavilion
A firm believer that music should regain the swingy melody it once held, Matt leads his sextet with seamless harmony, delivering perfect jazz notes with humour and evident pleasure.
As he says: “In style, the sextet certainly resembles many of the great small bands of the 50s and 60s, such as those of Horace Silver and Art Blakey. We take inspiration from the past, but we are not trying to replicate it, merely to add in a small way to the music for which we have the deepest respect and love.
“I strongly believe that jazz has to swing. To me, this is what gives the music that beautiful human quality which attracted most of us to jazz in the first place. We play some Latin American style pieces and some funky things too, but the heart and soul of the band will always be straight-ahead swing. If it isn’t swinging at least some of the time, I really don’t feel it’s jazz.
“In general, I am trying to put back into the music some of the things that I feel have got lost over the years : melody, swing, and the idea that a band should not be just a battleground of egos. Above all, I maintain that jazz should be fun to listen to as well as to perform.”
And with this band it certainly is!
Featuring Matt Wates – alto sax, Steve Main – tenor sax, Steve Fishwick – trumpet, Leon Greening – piano, Marianne Windham (bass), Matt Skelton – drums
“A seriously good band containing six of Britain’s finest jazz musicians, regardless of age or style” (Dave Gelly, The Observer).