S A X O P H O N I S T
Inspired by a chance visit to Ronnie Scotts to see Gill Scott Heron, Matt picked up his first saxophone at the age of 19. Frustrated up with the 9 - 5 life, Matt would spend every free moment teaching himself how to play by listening to old jazz records. Matt paid is dues playing with various bands around the West Midlands before moving to London to further his jazz studies. Matt sought out the top saxophonists from the UK and USA to study with.
As a relatively late starter it was and still is necessary for Matt to practice 3-4 hour per day.
"After over 20 years of playing I still haven’t scratched the surface as far as playing jazz is concerned"
London based saxophonist Matt Telfer has worked with many great artists such as Tony Bennet, Rick Braun, Chuck Leob, Derek Nash, Dave O'Higgins, and Jim Snidero. Matt has played many of the UK's great venues and festival including, Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express, Jazz Cafe, Love Supreme Festival, Canary Wharf Jazz Festival and Ealing Jazz Festival.
In more recent years Matt has become known for his jazz sextet ‘Blakey’s Boys.' This project pays homage to Art Blakey and the Jazz messengers.
Matt is endorsed by Yanagisawa Saxophones and Vandoren Reeds.