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!

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