Quartets take centre stage

photo by Zoe Street Howe PLEASE CREDIT
photo by Zoe Street Howe PLEASE CREDIT

THE Matt Anderson Quartet plays for Scarborough Jazz at the Cask tonight, to be followed next Wednesday by the Dylan Howe Quartet.

Matt, a professional musician and composer based in Leeds, has attracted funding from Jazz Yorkshire’s Futures scheme.

Promoter Mike Gordon says: “This allows him to write and record new music, and we will hear this quartet play some of it, plus songs from the standards repertoire”. 

Matt began his musical career playing sax in local ska, reggae and funk bands. When he was about 14, he heard Sonny Rollins and jazz gradually became the most important thing in his life.

Admission will cost £2.

The Dylan Howe Quartet has been described in the London Evening Standard as “the best neo-bop group in the country”, who begin a national tour in Scarborough.

Mike says: “This is a nice recognition of Scarborough Jazz, who have warmly welcomed Dylan’s various groups in the past.

“The band features some of the best young players from the London jazz scene. Brandon Allen is a tenor sax player considered by many to be the best in the UK. He has worked with Guy Barker, Stan Tracey, Pete King, Mike Outram and Jim Mullen, among others.

“Pianist Ross Stanley also has an impressive career and has worked with Liane Carroll, Jim Mullen, Guy Barker, Mike Outram and Tony Kofi.

“Tim Thornton is a double bass player who left the Birmingham Conservatoire with a full diary of London bookings and is greatly in demand.

“Leader and drummer Dylan Howe is also a composer and arranger who has worked in many genres and formats in the past 20 years. Dylan has performed or recorded with Courtney Pine, Paul McCartney, Stan Sulzmann and Ray Davies. He has done extensive session work as well as leading his own groups in various jazz projects,” Mike says.

Dylan left the Blockheads at Christmas after a 13-year tenure with them, adds Dylan’s wife Zoe.

Dylan’s recent collaboration with Will Butterworth on an album of Stravinsky adaptations ranked sixth in Jazz Journal’s albums of 2010.

His quartet will play original ensemble pieces with arrangements of material from Coltrane and 60s Blue Note.

Tickets cost £6 in advance and £7 on the door.