Matt has played in many bands including the Nigel Price Organ Trio, Matt Wates sextet and Brandon Allenâ€™s quartet. He also appears regularly at Ronnie Scottâ€™s as part of the house band and at the venue's Late Show . The Nigel Price Organ Trio won best jazz ensemble in the 2010 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.Gareth Lockraneâ€™s septetÂ album â€œNo Messinâ€ (on which he played) also won best jazz album of 2010. Other recording work includes selected tracks from Stacey Kentâ€™s latest CD The Changing Lightsâ€ Mattâ€™s Â drumming influences are many but include: Jo Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Art Taylor, Roy Haynes, Philly Joe Jones, Albert â€œtootieâ€ Heath, Billy Higgins, Mel Lewis, Jimmy Cobb to name a few. Of todayâ€™s modern drummers he likesÂ Joe Farnsworth, Lewis Nash, Kenny Washington, Willie Jones iii, Rodney Green, Gregory Hutchinson and Bill Stewart.
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