Ronnie Scott’s + Hollie Cook album release date + David Bowie Tribute at Jazz Cafe and Wylam Brewery + Outlook Orchestra David Rodigan Announcement

January 1st, 2018

Matt Roberts Ronnie Scott's Carl Hyde

Enormous thanks to all that attended my sold out show at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club last month – we had a blast! Thanks to Carl Hyde for taking the photo above.

Hollie Cook - Vessel of Love

The new album ‘Vessel of Love’ from the incredible Hollie Cook is to be released on the 26th of this month. I had the absolute pleasure of performing on the album and think that the record is astonishing. The album is available for pre-order on CD, vinyl, and download from Hollie’s Website, iTunes, Bandcamp, and all good record shops. A video for the track ‘Survive’ can be watched below…

This month I’ll be performing at the The Jazz Cafe, Camden as part of the Jazz Cafe Orchestra’s tribute to the great David Bowie. Tickets are available HERE. We’ll also be taking the show all the way up to the Wylam Brewery, Newcastle on Friday 12th. Tickets available HERE.

It’s a new year, and I’m delighted to announce a new Outlook Orchestra project. This year will see the orchestra collaborate with DJ and Broadcaster David Rodigan in celebration of his 40th year in the music business. Our first show is on March the 2nd at the Royal Festival Hall. Tickets have already sold out. There are more shows confirmed that will be announced in the coming months.

Outlook Orchestra David Rodigan

BigISH Band at LJF + Ronnie’s SOLD OUT + Downbeat Review for ‘Weapons of Mass Distraction’

December 1st, 2017

A huge thanks to all that attended my London Jazz Festival Show last month. The performance was sold out and we received a favourable review from LondonJazzNews.com

‘[Matt Roberts'] crafty and intelligent arrangements were expertly played by the ensemble, which is made up of some of the finest young players in London’.

(Photo credit: daniellane.com)

This month’s Matt Roberts Big Band performance at Ronnie Scott’s has sold out. Many thanks to all that have bought tickets. We’re going to raise the roof!

I’m delighted to announce that the ‘Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra‘ album ‘Weapons of Mass Distraction’, that I had the pleasure of playing on, has received a gushing review from none other than Downbeat Magazine.

‘…one of the boldest—and most eccentric—large jazz ensembles performing today. This is a group with chops and personality to spare, not to mention a madcap sense of humour… …They play with guts and attitude, and manage to inject outrageous humor into even the most demanding of musical passages, striking a perfect balance between the sublime and the ridiculous. The cleverly titled Weapons Of Mass Distraction firmly establishes the Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra as a significant addition to today’s big band scene and a group that deserves wider recognition at the international level.’

Read the full review HERE.

Downbeat Magazine - Weapons of Mass Distraction

Matt Roberts BigISH Band @ London Jazz Festival 2017 + Leeds College of Music Interview + Matt Roberts Big Band @ Ronnie Scott’s

November 4th, 2017

I’m delighted to announce my BigISH Band’s annual performance at the London Jazz Festival. The Performance will be on Monday 13th November at The Spice of Life, Soho. Ticket are available HERE.

I was recently contacted by my alma mater Leeds College of Music to catch up on what I’ve been up to. The resulting interview can be found HERE.

My Big Band will be returning to the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club on the 7th of December. The show, titled ‘Born In The 80′s’ will pay tribute to pop culture music from the 1980′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 and Seal. As well as an extensive selection of themes from your favourite films, TV shows and even computer games. Not to be missed! Tickets available HERE. Here’s a video from last time of my medley of themes from the Super Mario Bros. games…

Gentleman’s Dub Club Autumn Tour + More Hollie Cook releases + Andrew Linham Big Band record

October 1st, 2017

No sooner have Gentleman’s Dub Club finished our extensive run of summer festival, that we are back on the road in the UK and France for an Autumn tour! I’m also delighted that the incredible Hollie Cook has released a further two songs from her up and coming record that I had the pleasure of performing on earlier in the year. Available for purchase/streaming on all platforms…

Another recording I played on is being released this month. The Andrew Linham Big Band’s debut album ‘Weapons of Mass Distraction’ will be launched at the Pizza Express Jazz Club on October 15th. Tickets available HERE.

XOA ‘Diaspora/Echoes’ released + More footage from Beiteddine Art Festival

September 25th, 2017

Electro/Afrobeat/House producer XOA has released a new EP ‘Diaspora/Echoes’ that I had the pleasure of performing on. The EP is released on Soundway Records and it available to Stream/Download HERE or purchase the vinyl HERE.

More footage has been released of me conducting the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Omar Kamal. What a treat this was!