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

Hospitality in the Park + Felabration + More October Dates

September 20th, 2016

Matt Roberts

I’m delighted that I’ll be finishing out this year’s festival season with Hospital Records’ Hospitality In The Park festival in Finsbury Park, London with Gentleman’s Dub Club on Saturday. Set times for our stage below…

Hospitality In The Park

October 15th would have been the 78th birthday of Nigerian Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti. To celebrate I’ll be doing a short tour with Orlando Julius, Jungle By Night and Ronald Snijders. Dates/Venues as follows…

October 14th - De Roma, Antwerp (Belgium) w’ Orlando Julius

October 15th - Doornroosje, Nijmegen (Netherlands) w’ Orlando Julius

October 16th - Paradiso, Amsterdam (Netherlands) w’ Orlando Julius


There will also be a handful of Gentleman’s Dub Club UK shows next month, as well as a Matt Roberts Sextet show at Peterborough Jazz Club. Details as follows…

October 1st – Motion, Bristol w’ Gentleman’s Dub Club

October 8th – Esquires, Bedford w’ Gentleman’s Dub Club

October 9th – The Picturedrome, Northampton w’ Gentleman’s Dub Club

October 22nd – Engine Rooms, Southampton w’ Gentleman’s Dub Club

October 23rd – Peterborough Jazz Club w’ Matt Roberts Sextet

October 28th – Academy 1, Oxford w’ Gentleman’s Dub Club

October 29th – The Plug, Sheffield w’ Gentleman’s Dub Club

Rototom Sunsplash Live Video + Jazz @ HEART Summer School

August 19th, 2016

Gentleman's Dub Club at Rototom Sunsplash Main Stage

On Wednesday I had the pleasure of performing at the legendary Rototom Sunsplash in Benicassim, Spain with Gentleman’s Dub Club. The full set is available to watch in HD HERE or on YouTube below.

Next week I’ll be teaching on the annual Jazz @ HEART Summer School. The summer school is in it’s 6th year and promises to be as stimulating as ever.

Still a handful of festivals to go before the end of what’s been a cracking summer season…

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