4-star Guardian review for Outlook Orchestra + New GDC album and tour + Ronnie Scott’s show now SOLD OUT

February 1st, 2017

The Outlook Orchestra Guardian Review

“Parking an orchestra where it doesn’t belong is an all-too-desperate tendency in music, in the hope that a few violins will lift your pedestrian filler out of mediocrity. This is – emphatically – not one of those occasions. Trumpeter Matt Roberts transcribed this often skeletal underground music into a score – a nonstop, genre-juggling performance that has people dancing in the aisles almost from the get-go.”

A huge thanks to the Guardian’s Kitty Empire for this wonderful 4-star review of last month’s Outlook Orchestra performance at the Royal Festival Hall. I am delighted to announce that we will be repeating the performance in Pula, Croatia’s 2000-year-old Roman amphitheatre for the opening of this year’s Outlook Festival…

It is with great delight that I can announce that Gentleman’s Dub Club have finished our 3rd album. The album, titled ‘Dubtopia’, will be released in April and we will begin touring the UK and France next month…

Gentleman's Dub Club Duptopia UK and France Tour Dates

My Big Band’s performance at Ronnie Scott’s has officially SOLD OUT. Thank you to all that have bought tickets – it’s going to be one to remember!

Ronnie Scott’s Headline Show + Outlook Orchestra + The Jazz Cafe Orchestra

January 2nd, 2017

I’m delighted to kick off 2017 with news that my Big Band will be performing its second headline show at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club next month. We will be celebrating pop culture music from the 80′s and early 90′s. Expect chart topping BANGERS from the likes of Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Toto, The Human League, Sting and the Police, Seal, as well as an extensive selection of themes from your favourite films, TV shows and computer games. The performance is on Sunday 12th February and tickets are available HERE.

Matt Roberts Big Band Born In The 80's Ronnie Scotts Poster

There are still a small number of tickets available for the Outlook Orchestra performance at the Royal Festival Hall. This will truly be a very special evening. I have been spending the last two months working on the orchestration and I will be playing trumpet on the night. Tickets HERE. Line up below…

 I’ll be joining the Jazz Cafe Orchestra to pay tribute to the late David Bowie at the newly refurbished Jazz Cafe on Saturday 7th and Sunday 15th (extra date added due to popular demand!). The line up is exceptional so this will be a good one for sure!

Jazz Cafe Celebrating Starman

Outlook Orchestra @ Royal Festival Hall + London Jazz Festival Pics

December 1st, 2016

I was recently asked by Outlook Festival to be the assistant musical director for their 10 year anniversary concert at the Royal Festival Hall next month. I’m currently working with fellow composer/arranger Tommy Evans to create a 100-minute live celebration of sound system culture for a 20-piece orchestra. The line up of guest artists features Pharoahe Monch, Dawn Penn, Foreign Beggars, Newham Generals, Adrian Sherwood, Mad Professor, Ruby Wood (Submotion Orchestra) and many more. This is going to be a very special evening. The date is Thursday 12th January. Tickets are available HERE and selling fast!

The Outlook Orchestra

A huge thanks to everybody that turned out to see my BigISH Band at last month’s London Jazz Festival. Both shows were sold out and the atmosphere was fantastic. Thanks to Tatiana Gorilovsky for the photos below…

Matt Roberts London Jazz Festival Trumpet

LJF gigs SOLD OUT + Submotion Presents + XOA Release + GDC France Dates

November 11th, 2016

Both of my gigs at this year’s London Jazz Festival have now officially SOLD OUT. There will be a limited number of ‘standing room only’ tickets available on the door. Thanks to all that have booked in advance, it’s going to be a good one!

Next month my Sextet will be included in a new series of jazz gigs presented by my friends Submotion Orchestra. The gig will be at the Ivy House, Nunhead and will feature DJ sets by Submotion Orchestra members afterwards…

Submotion Orchestra presents Matt Roberts Sextet tribute to Nat Adderley

A few months ago I had the pleasure of collaborating with and recording horns for Afrobeat producer/DJ/guitarist XOA. The fruits of that labour are now available to hear on his new release ‘One001′ available on all download and streaming platforms…

Gentleman’s Dub Club will be closing the year with three dates in France…

December 15th - Espace Paul Baillart, Massy

December 16th - Le Chaudron, Le Mee sur Seine

December 17th - Le Nadir, Bourges

Matt Roberts BigISH Band @ London Jazz Festival 2016 + More Orlando Julius and GDC Dates

October 20th, 2016

Matt Roberts BigISH Band London Jazz Festival 2016

It’s that time of year again, and my BigISH Band is returning with a 2-night run at The Spice of Life, Soho paying tribute to two of my favourite composers: Duke Ellington (MON 14th NOV) and Gil Evans (TUE 15th NOV). Click the links for tickets and let us know you’re coming on the Facebook event HERE.

Matt Roberts Orlando Julius Felabration Paradiso Amsterdam

I’ll also be doing a bunch of UK and European shows next month with Orlando Julius and Gentleman’s Dub Club. Details below…

November 4th – Hifi Club, Leeds (UK) w’ GDC

November 5th – Studio 24, Edinburg (UK) w’ GDC

November 10th – New Morning, Paris (France) w’ Orlando Julius

November 11th – Biko, Milan (Italy) w’ Orlando Julius

November 12th – Verona (Italy) w’ Orlando Julius

November 13th – Pisa Jazz Festival, Pisa (Italy) w’ Orlando Julius

November 17th - Les 4 écluses, Dunkerque (France) w’ GDC

November 18th – La Grange A Musique, Creil (France) w’ GDC

November 19th – Run Ar Puns, Chateaulin (France) w’ GDC