Matt Skelton [UK]



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.

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.

2015 sees the debut Linn records release of Matt's latest trio project - Big Screen, Take 1 that features multi award winning pianist Dave Newton & bassist Tom Farmer.

Matt is the drummer for the revival of the musical Gypsy at The Savoy Theatre and also the drummer for the Grammy nominated John Wilson Orchestra.