Popular pianist showcases his new band at town centre gig

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A MIXBURY musician who has played all over the world is coming home for a one-off gig in Buckingham next month.

Pianist Matt Platt, former frontman of the popular Matt Platt Trio, is organising the concert to showcase his new band, Higher Ground.

The event, at 7.30pm on Friday, May 13, at the Radcliffe Centre, in Church Street, will be an evening of classic soul, jazz/funk and blues from the six-piece outfit, which recently played two sell-out nights at the Mill, in Banbury.

Matt gained a music degree from Cambridge and a teaching diploma from the Guildhall School Of Music. In a varied and exciting career, he has written music for TV and film and, as a session musician, has recorded and played for many artists including Whitesnake and Albert Lee, and entertained clients from Tim Rice to Max Clifford.

His jazz funk outfit MP3 (the Matt Platt Trio) acquired a strong local following.

Matt has written and produced many original albums and toured major theatres from the Hammersmith Apollo to The Stables, in Wavendon. He coaches all styles on the piano, and leads performance groups of young people to a top level, producing sell-out shows at Banbury’s Mill arts centre for the last seven years. His new band, Higher Ground, features a top line-up and is currently mixing a new covers album.

Vocalist Graham Dee is one of the most sought-after voices in the industry and a leading vocal coach. His solo album Just After Midnight is due for release in September.

Lancastrian Stuart Henderson served as lead trumpet in Her Majesty’s Household Division for many years, performing at venues the world over. He performs regularly with the String Of Pearls Orchestra and the Joe Loss Orchestra and has recently appeared with American superstar Michael Feinstein.

Ukrainian saxophonist Anatoliy (Tolly) Vyacheslavov moved to the UK in 2001 and enjoys a busy schedule of performing, tutoring and recording in the south east of England. Recent sessions include work for Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), Defected Records, Soul Purpose and various independent labels.

Completing the line-up are Jerry Soffe on bass and drummer Damon Sawyer.

Supporting the band at May’s gig will be Neon Arcade, a new young band featuring Matt’s 15-year-old son Luke on guitar and vocals.

Tickets £10 (£8 concessions) are available from The Duke’s Music, Buckingham, on 01280 821771 or Matt on 07973 266497 or mattplattmp3@aol.com