Marked as ‘One to watch in 2019’ by Jazzwise magazine, 20 year old saxophonist and composer Matt Carmichael is one of Scotland’s most exciting young talents.
He regularly performs under his own name at the likes of Ronnie Scott’s, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Celtic Connections and has had airplay on BBC Radio Scotland, Jazz FM and BBC Radio 3.
Matt's own tunes combine his love for Jazz and folk, described as 'music that’s beautifully sculpted and gorgeously melodic with an underlying sense of rhythmical power.' His quartet features the award winning Fergus McCreadie (piano), Ali Watson (Bass) and Tom Potter (Drums). They will record and release their debut album in 2020 thanks to the Peter Whittingham Development Award.
Some bands/musicians Matt has collaborated with include the Mark Hendry Orchestra, corto.alto, World Jazz Orchestra, Fat-Suit, The Blue Arrow Big Band, Tom McGuire and the Brassholes, Luca Manning, Jonny Mansfield, Jesse Dockx…
Other performing highlights include gigs in Belgium, Croatia, Serbia and at Newport Jazz Festival USA, BBC Proms, Love Supreme Jazz Festival.
‘He’s going to be huge’ - The Times
‘Gorgeous Sound’ - BBC Radio Scotland
‘World Class’ - Tommy Smith
‘Carmichael’s playing combines muscular drive with a richly lyrical and melodic sense that takes on board Scottish folk influences.... has created an exciting Scottish style of his own’ - The Scotsman
‘Plays with Imagination’ - Jazzwise Magazine