By Sam Howard of the Darlington College Festival Reporting Team
London-based jazz trumpeter Matt Roberts will be making a return to his home town as part of Darlington Jazz Festival, which launches the fifth Darlington Arts Festival and runs between April 27-30.
Matt, 30, said: “I love coming back to Darlington. My parents have moved away now so I don’t get to be back here as much as I’d like.
“I have so many friends here still. Being here for the Jazz Festival also gives me the opportunity to hear the talented musicians that are coming through the youth ensembles today. The whole experience is incredibly inspiring.”
The award-winning composer, who was raised in Darlington by hobbyist musicians David and Gill, began learning brass at school at seven years of age at Reid Street Primary and discovered jazz as a teenager.
He went on to study at Leeds College of Music and Trinity College of music where he graduated with first class honours.
Looking forward to the jazz festival, the former Hummersknott and Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form student said: “In past years, I have paid tribute to various trumpeters that have influenced me – Miles Davis, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard and Nat Adderley.
“They are all from a period of jazz we call ‘Hard Bop’. At this year’s festival I’ll be doing a tribute to the Hard Bop period in general. It’s some of my favourite music and it will be played by an outstanding band I’m bringing up from London.”
Matt will be performing at the Voodoo Cafe on Friday, April 28 at 9pm. Tickets are available on the door and will be priced at £6.
You can find out more about Darlington Jazz Festival at www.darlingtonjazzfestival.co.uk
Darlington College is an official supporter of the arts festival