Musician. Sax player. Composer

Matt was born in London in 1964 and graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1988. He has appeared with Bucky Pizzarelli, John Colianni, Humphrey Lyttelton, Georges Arvanitas, Helen Shapiro, Don Weller, Bobby Wellins, Dusko Goykovich, Duncan Lamont, Ian Shaw, Norma Winstone and Peter King.


He has recorded with Paz, Roadside Picnic, Itchy Fingers, NYJO, the Michael Garrick Big Band, Sax Appeal and Jamie Cullum.


The Matt Wates Sextet has recorded eleven albums on the Audio-B label. He won the Rising Star award in the 1997 BT British Jazz Awards, and the Matt Wates Sextet won the Best Small Group award in 2001.

"A truly remarkable young British alto saxophonist"
Dave Gelly, Observer

"A performer of boundless ability"

Ken Rattenbury, Crescendo


"The most swinging alto player on both sides of the Atlantic"
Duncan Lamont


"An incredibly talented musician and composer"

John Dankworth


"In his modest way, Matt Wates is a bit of a phenomenon"

Dave Gelly, Observer

To see a selection of Matt's upcoming gigs.