SAXOPHONIST Matt Smith plays for Scarborough Jazz at the Cask tonight, to be followed next Wednesday by guitarist Jamie Taylor.
Powerful and inventive, Matt has carved an interesting career since graduating from Leeds College of Music (LCM) in 2000.
He plays in many genres - soul, blues, big band and pop - although his first love is jazz.
Matt has played and recorded with a wide range of musicians and bands including the Glenn Miller Tribute Orchestra, Boogie Night Fever, the Memphis Belle Orchestra, Jamie Taylor, Thom Whitworth and Martin Jones.
He is a founder member of Sunflower Music, delivering music therapy workshops.
As a composer and arranger, he signed to Lifesound Records in 2006.
He teaches saxophone at Hull University’s East Riding College, in Bridlington and Beverley.
Jamie Taylor maintains a busy performing schedule and has worked with leading UK musicians, including Adrian Ingram, Alan Barnes, Jim Mullen, Steve Brown, Tori Freestone, Gary Potter and Carlos Lopez-Real.
He regularly collaborates with pianist / bandleader Jamil Sheriff and vocalist Sarah Mitchell, with whom he has recorded on the Candid label. He leads the Java quartet, which has Jamil on piano.
Jamie teaches jazz guitar and musicianship on a degree programme at LCM and is an electric guitar advisor and examiner for Yorkshire Young Musicians.
Having taught jazz at degree level for over 10 years, Jamie is one of the country’s most experienced tutors in the idiom, and many of his former students have gone on to successful careers.
A regular contributor to the American magazine Just Jazz Guitar, Jamie has made several TV appearances. He has been heard on Radio 3’s Jazz Record Requests, both before and after Humphrey Lyttelton presented it.
Jazz UK magazine said: “Taylor’s playing is full of ideas with a strong sense of direction”.
Both visitors will be backed by the Mike Gordon Trio.