Matt Skelton - Drummer
Freelance jazz and session drummer
Equally at home in modern and vintage Jazz styles Matt enjoys a diverse musical career that also encompasses Symphonic and Light Orchestral Music.
He has accompanied many leading Internationally known Jazz figures such as Harry ''Sweets'' Edison,Conte Candoli,Bucky Pizzarelli,John Pizzarelli, Warren Vache and Scott Hamilton. Most recently he has appeared with Steve Grossman, John Hendricks, Curtis Stigers and with Kurt Elling as part of Guy Barker's latest large scale commission for the BBC and Aldeburgh Festival 2013. Matt is a member of Claire Martin's group, Jim Mullen's Organ Trio and Damon Brown's International Quintet and he often appears at Ronnie Scott's as a member of the James Pearson Trio.
Matt has recorded and appeared with singers such a Marion Montgomery, Dame Cleo Laine and for Dame Jesse Norman in her Ellington and Gershwin Concert Series (2006). Matt was Sir Richard Rodney Bennett's drummer and often appeared in concert with Richard including his last Wigmore Hall appearance with Claire Martin and the Nash Ensemble. For eight years Matt was the drummer for Stacey Kent's group that included International touring and recording for BlueNote Records including her Grammy nominated 2007 release 'Breakfast On The Morning Tram' Matt performs with The BBC Big Band and the BBC Concert, Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras that has included several broadcasts and BBC Proms T.V appearances.
Also Matt regularly plays with The LSO, Philharmonia,CBSO,RLPO, Britten Symphonia, Lahti, RTE Concert Orchestra and Big Band. He often plays in Guy Barker's Jazz Orchestra including BBC Proms & Cheltenham Jazz Festival appearances for 2015. Matt co leads and organises the Skelton-Skinner Allstars Big Band. They regularly appear at Ronnie Scott's Club London. 2015 sees them return to The Wigan International Jazz Festival to headline with James Pearson presenting their new Oscar Peterson Meets The Big Band show. Other 2015 highlights include a run of concert dates with his Sinatra, Close To You project featuring Matt Ford & The Tippett Quartet at venues such as The Cadogan Hall, Snape Maltings and also at The Cheltenham Festival.
In July & September Matt will also be touring in the US playing concerts for Seth Macfarlane. Matt's trio featuring multi award wining Dave Newton have their debut album for Linn Records ' Big Screen Take 1 'released this Spring. Their disc has already received a 4 star review in The Observer. Matt is the drummer for the 2015 revival of 'Gypsy!' at The Savoy Theatre. He is also the drummer for the Grammy nominated John Wilson Orchestra. Matt is the Jazz Drums tutor at The London College Of Music and regularly guest directs the Big Bands of The Royal Academy of Music and Trinity Laban College Of Music.