Matt Wates at Jazznights Sunday 8th September 2019 – at the Bell Hotel, Clare with Roger Odell, Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins with vocals from Larraine Odell

Matt was born in London in 1964 and graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1988. He has appeared with Bucky Pizzarelli, John Colianni, Humphrey Lyttelton, Georges Arvanitas, Helen Shapiro, Don Weller, Bobby Wellins, Dusko Goykovich, Duncan Lamont, Ian Shaw, Norma Winstone and Peter King.

Matt Wates

He has recorded with Paz, Roadside Picnic, Itchy Fingers, NYJO, the Michael Garrick Big Band, Sax Appeal and Jamie Cullum.

The Matt Wates Sextet has recorded eleven albums on the Audio-B label. He won the Rising Star award in the 1997 BT British Jazz Awards, and the Matt Wates Sextet won the Best Small Group award in 2001.

Matt Wates

“A truly remarkable young British alto saxophonist”
Dave Gelly, Observer

“A performer of boundless ability”

Ken Rattenbury, Crescendo

“The most swinging alto player on both sides of the Atlantic”
Duncan Lamont

“An incredibly talented musician and composer”

John Dankworth

“In his modest way, Matt Wates is a bit of a phenomenon”

Dave Gelly, Observer

Bernie Hodgkins, Matt Wates and Roger Odell
Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins, Matt Wates and Roger Odell

Matt was playing with:

Roger Odell
Simon Brown
Bernie Hodgkins
Larraine Odell

Following the Raffle of two jazz CDs in the sitting in spot which invites local musicians to play with the band we had the pleasure of Lynn singing I Only Have Eyes For You

The Jazznights Trio: Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and Roger Odell
Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins, Matt Wates and Roger Odell (hidden behind Matt)

On Sunday 22nd September 2019 – JOSH KEMP (sax) will be at Jazznights

With a playing style combining melodic inventiveness, a rich tone and a lyrical style of improvisation, Josh is a regular performer at Jazz Clubs and Festivals across the UK, with recent performances including Ronnie Scott’s and the London Jazz Festival. A musician in the finest tradition – just 100 per cent free-range swing.

THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at Jazznights, Admission £10. Doors open 7.00 pm. Music 7.30 – 10.00 pm.

Reserve seating on 01787 237653 or email

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