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Matt Anderson

Originally hailing from the North Yorkshire Moors, London-based saxophonist and Dankworth Prize-winning composer Matt Anderson's fourth album 'Live at Leeds Jazz Festival' is out in March 2024, following on from 2022's 'The Town and the City,' both with his long-running Quartet. The son of a music teacher and based in Leeds for a time, Matt moved to London in 2015 to study at the Royal Academy of Music where he now coaches Junior Jazz ensembles.

Becoming part of the fertile jazz scene in the capital, he has since performed with artists/bands such as Greg Hutchinson (with the Jiannis Pavlidis Quintet), Ivo Neame, the Gareth Lockrane and Calum Gourlay big bands, Jamie Doe’s Magic Lantern and Hannes Riepler. Rooted in a deep love and respect for the jazz tradition from Sonny Rollins to Wayne Shorter as well as various rhythmic traditions from around the world, Matt’s music also explores more pastoral, spacious and folk-influenced sounds.

Matt is proud to be a D’Addario artist.


Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition (Small Group) - 2017

Associate of the Royal Academy of Music - 2023


D'Addario Reserve Reeds


Album Review

Matt Anderson: Live at Leeds Jazz Festival

Read "Live at Leeds Jazz Festival" reviewed by Neil Duggan

To appreciate the synergy and spirit of a band it often pays to hear them play live. The quality of their playing and their abilities to interact are laid bare. Releasing their first live recording, the Matt Anderson Quartet can do so confidently having spent nearly a decade touring and recording together. Live at Leeds Jazz Festival was made at HEART in Headingly as part of the 2023 Leeds Jazz Festival. It features two tracks from the band's ...

Album Review

Matt Anderson Quartet: The Town and the City

Read "The Town and the City" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Saxophonist Matt Anderson grew up on the North Yorkshire Moors, in the north of England, and is now based in London where he teaches junior jazz ensembles at the Royal Academy of Music. The Town and the City is his third album—the title a nod to his years in the small towns and villages of the Moors, and his later move to the capital— and the second to feature his quartet of pianist Alberto Palau, bassist Will Harris and drummer ...

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The Matt Anderson Quartet Release "Rambling" On Jellymould Jazz

The Matt Anderson Quartet Release "Rambling" On Jellymould Jazz

Source: Dynamic Agency

Innovative saxophonist and composer Matt Anderson and his quartet release their brand new album Rambling in May 2018 on pioneering UK label Jellymould Jazz, ahead of an extensive national tour. Rambling fuses together a range of distinct musical influences, exploring the common ground between contemporary jazz and folk music, reminiscent of Anderson’s rural upbringing in the North Yorkshire moors. Subtle strains of blues and country can also be detected within the music, as well as echoes of Scandinavian jazz and ...



Matt Anderson Quartet Sampler CD

Matt Anderson Quartet Sampler CD

Source: Michael Ricci

"[Matt's] playing and writing are both sophisticated and fluent." —Chris de Saram, Wakefield Jazz Following on from their highly acclaimed regional tour in spring 2011 supported by the Jazz Yorkshire 'Futures' scheme, the Matt Anderson Quartet have recorded and released a self-titled sampler CD of original material, available to download on a 'pay-what-you-like' basis from bandcamp.com. The quartet in its current form was set up by Leeds, UK-based saxophonist Matt Anderson in 2010 following his graduation from Leeds College of ...

“memorable melodies, adeptly interwoven influences... unhurriedly stylish... (Anderson) can deliver an ear- catching tenor sax flourish, but knows the value of understatement and uses it well.” Jon Turney, London Jazz News

Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor



Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Currently teach at Junior Royal Academy of Music, Leeds Conservatoire and privately. Rates are £42/hr.


Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Live at Leeds Jazz...

Hidden Threads Records


The Town and the City

Hidden Threads Records



Jellymould Jazz


Matt Anderson Quartet

Self Produced


Green Shoots

From: Live at Leeds Jazz Festival
By Matt Anderson

Free Into Edinburgh

From: Matt Anderson Quartet
By Matt Anderson

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