Saxophonist & Educator
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Matthew is recognised internationally as a saxophone educator. His teaching practice has consistently been described as "innovative", "exemplary" and "outstanding" by a variety of teaching institutions. He has recently expanded into online education with SaxophoneStudies.com and has pupils in over 130 countries.
Matthew has been active as an educator since 2000 teaching the saxophone, running bands and leading improvisation workshops. In 2001 he was a founder member of Sunflower Music - a charitable company delivering uniquely effective, therapeutic music workshops.
In 2010 Matthew created the Hull Saxophone Collective (HSC), a group for adult learners. The group has proven so successful that there are now three bands under the HSC banner, all of which rehearse and perform regularly.
He has also worked as a part time lecturer teaching Performance classes on the Jazz & Popular Music Degree at Hull University and on the Jazz Diploma course at East Riding College.
Currently he teaches the saxophone privately, at Hull University and through SAXOPHONE Studies.
Matthew has been playing professional engagements since 1994, aged 15. He became a full time professional musician after graduating from the Leeds College of Music in 2000. Since then he has been combining performance, teaching and composition.
As a composer/producer Matthew released his first album, 'There Is Strength Inside' in 2006 under the Lifesound Records label. His second album, 'Stand Up' was recorded live and released in 2010. 2019 saw the release of the 3rd album, "Eclectic4 Acoustic - Live".
He has also received regular composition and arranging commissions from the Lincolnshire Council and more recently from the theatre company, Other Lives Productions. He also writes and arranges regularly for the Hull Saxophone Collective bands.
As a saxophonist Matthew has recorded sessions for BBC Television and Radio, ITV, Channel 4, and Sky Television. He has toured and recorded throughout the UK and in Europe with a wide range of bands and artists, including:
Jimmy James & The Vagabonds; Ray Lewis; This Is Seb Clarke; The American Drifters; The Blues Brothers; Mad Dog & The Sophisticats; The American Four Tops; The Glenn Miller Tribute Orchestra; The Memphis Belle Orchestra; The Extreme Supremes; Boogie Night Fever; Superfly; The Elvis Collection; Ernest; Paul Judge & The Jackals; Jazzjones; Grounation; Nu-York State; Mambo Jambo; Thirdface; Bossa Revista.
He has also been active as a soloist on the northern jazz circuit, guesting at many clubs. More recently he has been leading his band, Matthew Smith's Eclectic4 Acoustic, which largely features his compositions.
In 2017, Matthew formed Project 33, a group playing entirely improvised music.