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Tenor Saxophonist

Matthew Kilner

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About Matthew Kilner

Jazz Tenor Saxophonist available for a variety of events. Primarily performing, but not limited to, jazz. Available as a solo or small band.
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Tenor Saxophonist

A recent graduate from the University of Aberdeen and now studying a Masters in Jazz Performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Matthew is an active musician performing regularly with a variety of ensembles. Recently, Matthew has had a busy few years having recorded an album with the band Hamlet, receiving joint first place in the Ogston Performance Prize at Aberdeen University and receiving a first class honours in Community Music as well as many performances across the UK. A few notable bands Matthew has performed with include: The Aberdeen Jazz Orchestra, The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Orchestra, The University of Aberdeen Symphony Orchestra, Jazz fusion group- Hamlet as well as many solo and duo performances. Matthew plays regularly at the Blue Lamp jazz club in Aberdeen and has performed across the UK, playing in a number of jazz festivals. Matthew recently performed music to the Dutchess of Cornwall on a recent visit to the Aberdeen Airport. He was also involved in a virtual performance for the University of Aberdeen “Extraordinary Burns Supper” in which Iain Glen and The Dutchess of Cornwall were both involved. Now studying under Mike Williams and John O’Gallagher, Matthew continues to develop his sound and approach to improvisation as well as being an active musician on the Scottish and Birmingham scene.

Jazz, Jazz fusion, Modern jazz, Swing, Pop, Funk, R&B, Motown, Soul
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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Private event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Hotel / Restaurant event, Corporate event, Recording session, Concert, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Just friends
Bye bye blackbird
I got Rhythm
Days of wine and roses
Beautiful love
Have you met miss jones
There will never be another you
I’ll be seeing you
If I should lose you
Recorda Me
Pennies from heaven
Nearness of you
Softly as in a morning sunrise
You’d be so nice to come home to
Groove Merchant
St Thomas
Green dolphin street
I’ve never been in love before
Night and day
Mack the knife
Under my skin
Under the sea
Giant steps


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Short performance (up to 15 min)£30
Up to 1 hour£100
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£275
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Alan C, 1 year ago

...and in the second half, a tribute to the American jazz tenor sax virtuoso, Dexter Gordon by saxophonist Matthew Kilner with, I hesitate to say piano accompanist, but rather jazz partner Neil Birse. Dexter Gordon by saxophonist Matthew Kilner with, I hesitate to say piano accompanist, but rather jazz partner Neil Birse...Dexter Gordon, known in the jazz world as ‘Long Tall Dexter’ or sometimes as ‘Sophisticated Giant’ was very tall. It did not take long for Matthew Kilner to change the atmosphere in the Cowdray Hall to a dreamy jazz ambience with his initially breathy introduction to the jazz standard ‘I Guess I’ll Hang Mt Tears Out to Dry’ by Jule Styne (music) and Sammy Cahn (words) creators of so many other standards. Matthew’s easy flowing sax playing over a whole range of the instrument was hypnotically fascinating and as I have said, while Neil Birse provided a delicious backing he also gave us fantastic jazz solos too. ‘Cheesecake’ an original composition by Dexter Gordon was more upbeat. My good friend and jazz enthusiast Sandy Macdonald often complained when some classical players attempt jazz. ‘They don’t make it swing’ he said. Well both Matthew and Neil definitely made this music swing – and then some. The final piece was ‘Body and Soul’ not composed by Dexter Gordon but often performed by him. Matthew’s performance reminded me of a comment made by the character Bloody Mary in ‘South Pacific’ definitely ‘Saxy’. Well, since it was played on saxophone that comment could have two meanings. Get it? What a fantastic concert with which to launch 2020 don’t you think?