Omar Kamal and the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra @ Beiteddine Art Festival

June 15th, 2017

I’m delighted to be flying to Lebanon at the end of this month to conduct the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Palestinian singer Omar Kamal. The performance is part of Beiteddine Art Festival and will also feature an all-star session Big Band flown over from London. With 60+ musicians on stage, this promises to be a really special performance!

Darlington Jazz Festival Review + Gentleman’s Dub Club performance on Canal Plus + More tour dates

May 10th, 2017

“…bandleader Roberts treating the capacity audience to a trumpet masterclass by way of Fats Navarro, Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard. Roberts is an enthusiast, conveying his love of the music, expressing his admiration for the jazz tradition.”

Many thanks to ‘Bebop Spoken Here’ for this wonderful review of my recent sextet performance at Darlington Jazz Festival. Full review HERE.

For those of you in France, it is now possible to view Gentleman’s Dub Club’s recent performance for the French broadcaster Canal Plus

We are continuing to perform headline shows and festival slots around the country promoting our 3rd album ‘Dubtopia’. Over the next month we’ll be performing at…

May 12th – ONE Festival, Aberystwyth

May 19th – MK11, Milton Keynes

May 20th – Club 85, Hitchin

June 2nd – High Rise Festival, Leeds

June 3rd – Lakota, Bristol

June 4th – Festival Ida y Vuelta, Perpignan (France)

June 9th – Lemon Fest, Devon

June 10th – The Watering Hole, Perranporth

 

Gentleman’s Dub Club’s 3rd Studio album ‘Dubtopia’ OUT NOW! + Darlington Jazz Festival 2017

April 7th, 2017

Gentleman’s Dub Club’s 3rd studio album ‘Dubtopia‘ is out today. This album is available on vinyl, CD, download and all streaming platforms.

The first single from the album is ‘Fire In The Hole’ featuring the incredible Parly B and Eva Lazarus. See video below…

I’ll be returning to my hometown of Darlington for the annual Jazz Festival. This year my Sextet will be paying tribute to trumpeters of the Hard Bop era such as Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis, Nat Adderley and Freddie Hubbard.

Ronnie Scott’s video + Outlook Orchestra additional shows announced

March 10th, 2017

Many thanks to all that attended my sold out ‘Born in the 80′s’ Big Band performance at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. Below is a video of my 8-minute medley of Super Mario Bros. themes…

Following the success of the Outlook Orchestra’s debut performance at the Royal Festival Hall, I am delighted to announce that the orchestra will be performing a brand new set at Bristol’s Harbourside Amphitheatre on Friday 21st July (Tickets HERE). We will also be performing at the opening concert of this year’s Outlook Festival in Pula’s 2000 year old Roman Amphitheatre on September 6th (Tickets HERE).

Outlook Festival have recently released one of the many live videos to come of the orchestras performance at the Royal Festival Hall. This one features Submotion Orchestra‘s vocalist Ruby Wood singing Mala’s ‘Alicia’…

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!