Matt Telfer started playing sax in his teenage years. A big fan of the jazz greats, Matt would spend much of his time playing to old recordings and trying to copy the jazz masters.
The saxophone was mainly a hobby and it wasn’t until later on that Matt began to take music more seriously. After a couple of years studying classical saxophone Matt started working regularly with a Birmingham based Soul Band. Touring, recording and performing with the band gave Matt valuable experience and chance to work along side professional musicians. As Matt became a more experienced performer he decided that he wanted to pursue his interest in Jazz so in 2001 he moved to London to further his studies.
Since living in London Matt has studied with and had Guidance form some of the worlds leading jazz musicians including Tim Garland, Bob Mintzer, Toni Kofi, Dave O’Higgins, Courtney Pine and Phil Woods.
More recently Matt has become known as singer Lauren Dalrymple’s tenor man, featuring on her debut album Copasetic and appearing along side her at The Ealing jazz festival, Carney Wharf jazz festival and The Pizza Express jazz club. Matt and Lauren have a return visit to Italy in October this year with several gigs in Rome.
Matt has also performed in some of the UK’s most prestigious venues and festivals such as: Carney Wharf Jazz Festival, Soho Jazz Festival, Ealing Jazz Festival, The Jazz Café, Wembley Stadium, Pizza Express Jazz Club, The Pigalle Club, The Cinnamon Club, Birmingham NIA, Ronnie Scott’s, The Hard Rock Café London.
You see Matt perform with his quintet at various venues in London. Matt is an endorsee of Yanagisawa Saxophones and Vandoren Reeds