Wild Flower Sextet: Celebrating Wayne Shorter
Matt Anderson – Tenor Saxophone ; Laura Jurd – Trumpet ; Jamie Taylor – Electric 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, alongside new arrangements of classic and lesser-known Shorter compositions. They recorded their debut album in 2014 with support from the Jazz Services Recording Support scheme, and in February 2015 they undertake a 13-date U.K. tour to promote the release of this album on the Jellymould Jazz label.
Matt Anderson graduated from Leeds College of Music in 2010 with First Class Honours, 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.” Matt has gone on to work with many of his former tutors and is 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'.
Laura Jurd is an award-winning young trumpeter making waves on the UK jazz scene with the Laura Jurd Quartet (currently pairing up with the Ligeti string quartet) and the Chaos Orchestra. She is also as a member of ensembles such as the London Sound Painting Orchestra and Blue-Eyed Hawk. 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 is Pathway Leader for Jazz at Leeds College of Music and is well known for his own projects such as his Octet and Big Band. Finally, drummer Sam Gardner and bassist Sam Vicary have built up a rapport playing together in a variety of settings, appearing with jazz artists such as Jiannis Pavlidis, Tim Whitehead and Krzysztof Urbanski and performing and recording with ambient hip-hop band Ikestra.
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 to the Miles Davis Second Great Quintet and Weather Report to his new Quartet.
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