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About Matt Wates Trio

We're a jazz trio of some 10 years standing and are available to provide background music for all sorts of functions
Jazz trio
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Described by the late John Dankworth as 'an incredibly talented musician and composer', alto sax player Matt Wates 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 twelve 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. The trio also features the fantastic guitarist Nigel Price. Over a career spanning more than 25 years, Nigel has become widely acknowledged as one of the hardest working musicians in the business. Musically, his blend of flowing bebop lines, deep blues sensibility and his mastery of chording continue to delight audiences and fellow musicians alike. His career highlights include a support show for Gladys Knight at The Royal Albert Hall and an appearance on Van Morrison’s recent album Keep Me Singing. Starting his professional career in his early 20s, Nigel toured Europe with various reggae and funk bands before settling on a solo guitar career and turning his attention to jazz. Citing early influences as Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Nigel honed his craft by attending gigs and sitting in with the players of the time. He has played on more than 50 albums including 5 as a leader, spent ten years with acid jazz outfit The Filthy Six, was a member of James Taylor’s band for 3 years (with whom he recorded 5 albums) and performed with the legendary David Axelrod. He has also taught at The International Guitar Foundation at King’s Place, London. He has worked tirelessly to organise his own tours (including a 56 date tour in late 2016) and has picked up a Parliamentary Jazz Award (Best Jazz Ensemble, 2010), a nomination for a British Jazz Award (Best Guitarist, 2014) and a British Jazz Award (Best Guitarist, 2016) along the way. Double bassist Julian Bury has played with Sir Paul McCartney and has been seen playing sophisticated jazz on BBC 1’s Holby City. He has appeared on Top of the Pops 2 playing bass with Gilbert O’Sullivan, and is a well respected player, comfortable with everything from be-bop to jazz standards. He appears regularly in jazz clubs in and around London, from Ronnie Scotts to the 100 Club. His highly rhythmic, swinging approach to the instrument ensures that he is always in work.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
Our equipment is PAT tested
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Booked for 5 Encore gigs!
Jazz, Blues, Modern jazz, Latin jazz, Swing
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

The Girl from Ipanema
Take Five
God Bless the Child
My Funny Valentine
Have You Met Miss Jones
East of the Sun
Out of Nowhere
The Song is You
One Note Samba
Black Orpheus
Stella by Starlight
Old Folks
Polka Dots and Moonbeams
I Fall in Love too Easily
Love for Sale
Easy Living
You'd b So Nice to Come Home Too
Beautiful Love
All the Things You Are
Just Friends
Just One of Those Things
Body and Soul
Once I had a Secret Love
Lover Come Back to Me
The Shadow of Your Smile
Blue Moon
Fly Me to the Moon
There will Never be Another You
Nostalgia in Times Square
Straight No Chaser
Some Day My Prince Will Come
The Way You Look Tonight
I Love You
I Can't Get Started
The Days of Wine and Roses
I'm Old Fashioned
Alone Together
I Thought About You
Time After Time
In a Mellow Tone
Poor Butterfly
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Things Ain't What They Used to Be
If I Were a Bell
But Not For Me
It's You or No-One
The End of a Love Affair
But Beautiful
Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?
Nica's Dream
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes, we go out as a duo (sax and guitar or sax and piano) as well as a trio. We also go out as a piano trio (sax, piano, bass).

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We aim to be as flexible as possible, given sufficient notice!

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes, for no extra charge.

How much time do you need to set up?

No more than half an hour, but we usually arrive about an hour ahead of time.

Can you roam around while you perform?

Yes, if necessary.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

We're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

We don't use a PA. We require a space of about six foot square to perform and access to an electrical powerpoint.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, up to a maximum of three. But we charge £30 extra per song.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We create a chilled, relaxing vibe.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Band Members have performed at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, St James's Place, Wembley Arena, Ronnie Scott's, the 606 Club, the Jazz Café, Pizza Express Dean Street, Albert Hall, etc...

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Stan Getz, Paul Desmond, etc...

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Matt has played with Wet Wet Wet, and his six-piece band has opened for US close-harmony group Take 6. Nigel has played the Glastonbury Festival several times. Julian has played with Sir Paul McCartney.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£380
Up to 2 hours£600
Up to 3 hours£760


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Emmy H, 1 year ago

Absolutely loved Matt and the Trio. They were attuned to the audience, added to a magical wedding, perfectly complemented the wedding ceremony and reception. The quality of their playing and engagement was everything we hoped for and more. Can't wait to have another party where I can hire them!

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Timothy B, 1 year ago

Amazing evening. Everyone so loved the music.

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Alexandra W, 2 years ago

Matt played at our son's 21st. He is a fantastic musician and so nice to deal with. He and his colleagues turned up in good time, dressed beautifully in black tie, judged the mood perfectly and fitted in so well with the situation. Matt is a delight to deal with and we would definitely recommend him and use him again.

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Sarah S, 2 years ago

Matt and Nigel played at our cigar and rum tasting during the Rye Jazz Festival last year. Amazing!! Their music filled the outdoor space and added perfectly to the atmosphere of relaxed, Latin fun that we hoped for. Matt played my favourite "Girl from Ipanema"...which can be so cheesy, but he played with sensitivity and depth of feeling. A real goosebump moment! I cannot recommend these musicians highly enough.

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