“ . . . four talented musicians who have developed an almost telepathic musical understanding.” - Jazz Views

". . . his soloing is impressive, utilising the whole of the scale-length to produce imaginative improvisations."

- Bebop Spoken Here
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Sunday, October 1st

Matt Ridley Quartet

"One of the UK's finest jazz minds." - Jazz FM

“Ridley has made a stirring debut here and his future on the scene seems very bright.” - Marlbank on Thymos ★★★★

" . . . the double bass versatility and compositional talent of Matt Ridley drive

the quartet along." -  London Jazz News

Our contribution to this year's Roman River Music Festival is a band fronted by a superb young bass player - Matt Ridley.


An imaginative soloist with a brace of albums to his credit, Matt also roots his band with strength and simplicity, his gently melodic but rhythmically sophisticated themes providing ideal vehicles for some superb group interplay and inspired individual soloing.

While deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, Matt prefers to create a unique sound-world. At the heart of each composition is a strong, melodic theme, incorporating classical, groove-based styles and World Music, while the outstanding improvisational skills of each member make for absorbing and entertaining listening.


Apart from fronting his own group, Matt is also an in-demand sideman, performing in a wide variety of genres encompassing jazz, folk and World Music with artists such as Darius Brubeck (here in July), and folk guitarist and songsmith Sam Carter on his 'How The City Sings' UK tour.

Jason Yarde started out with the Jazz Warriors and went on to MD this landmark orchestra, becoming one of its principal writers. He has been twice-nominated for a BBC Jazz award for Innovation and has performed with the big bands of McCoy Tyner, Andrew Hill, Hermeto Pascoal, Sam Rivers and Manu Dibango. He has also composed for and performed with the London Symphony Orchestra.

John Turville is a creative, versatile, imaginative, mutli-award winning pianist, who has recorded two acclaimed CDs under his own name, while George Hart has worked and recorded with Phil Donkin, Ivo Neame, Brigitte Beraha and Solstice. More recently, he has been touring and recording with Swing Out Sister.

Matt Ridley (Double Bass), Jason Yarde (Soprano/Alto Saxophones), John Turville (Piano), George Hart (Drums).

Matt Ridley

Take a look at Matt's group performing Half Happy.

Tickets £14 / £12 Concessions
Doors: 7.00pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm