Tuesday 17 August 2021
Matt Skelton is a drummer equally at home in modern and vintage Jazz styles enjoying a diverse musical career that has already spanned three decades.
He has accompanied many leading Jazz luminaries such as Harry ”Sweets” Edison, Conte Candoli, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Warren Vache, Scott Hamilton, John Hendricks, Kurt Elling, Curtis Stigers, Gregory Porter, and most recently Georgie Fame.
He has recorded and appeared with singers such as Marion Montgomery, Dame Cleo Laine, Claire Martin and Dame Jessye Norman.
In 2015 he toured in the USA and recorded with Seth Macfarlane.
He was Sir Richard Rodney Bennett’s drummer of choice and for eight years toured and recorded as a member of Stacey Kent’s group, including her sGrammy-nominated 2007 release ‘Breakfast On The Morning Tram’ on BlueNote.
Matt Skelton is a founder member of the Grammy nominated John Wilson Orchestra. He regularly appears with the BBC Big Band and often with the BBC Concert, BBC Philharmonic and BBC Symphony orchestras including the Last Night of the Proms 2017. Traveling as John Wilson’s drummer he has most recently performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Stockholm Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2018 Matt toured internationally with Sir Simon Rattle with the London Symphony Orchestra for various Leonard Bernstein centenary concerts including performances of Bernstein’s 2nd Symphony, ‘The Age Of Anxiety’ and a concert version of ‘Wonderful Town’.
2019 highlights included appearing at the Edinburgh Festival with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in a concert version of ‘West Side Story’ for Sir John Eliot Gardiner OBE; recording for Alan Barnes’s 60th birthday project +11 and subsequent album launch concerts including many UK Jazz festivals; many appearances at Ronnie Scott’s including James Pearson’s Portrait of Bill Evans and Joe Stilgoe’s 80’s big band project.
West End musical theatre credits include the 2015 Savoy revival of ‘Gypsy’ and ‘the Broadway transfer of ‘An American In Paris’ at the Dominion theatre 2017. Recent film soundtrack includes ‘Motherless Brooklyn’, ‘Catch 22’, ‘Four Kids And It’ and ‘Blythe Spirit’.
Matt is the drummer for Callum Au’s recently released and critically acclaimed orchestral album, ‘Songs and Stories’ featuring Claire Martin.
This year Matt was looking forward playing for the Adelphi revival of ‘Hello Dolly’ staring Imelda Staunton. This production now been postponed until 2022.