The Soul Jam Band are the Matt and Phred's house musicians who bring you the ever-popular Soul Jam every 4th Monday of the month. This special gig will see the core band members featuring Alan Keary on bass, Liviu Gheorghe on keys/synths and Craig Hanson on drums.
The 2nd Monday of every month sees an open invitation to all local Jazz musician's to come and jam with the house band, led by Johnny Hunter. The now infamous Matt & Phred's Jazz Jam has attracted the likes of Chuck Perkins, Lonnie Liston Smith and his Band, and Benn Clatworthy, as well as members of the Riot Jazz Brass Band, GoGo Penguin and the Beats & Pieces Big Band.
‘No Good Beatniks’ are a collective of like minded musicians who operate as a jam band with the focus
on dirty grooves and distorted jazz. They play broken beats with a dancefloor vibe on vintage/analogue equipment and classic instruments.
‘Funky original music and warped covers.’ Manchester Jazz Festival
Various members of the band include:
Samuel C Lees is one of the UKs most exciting gypsy jazz guitarists combining fire and flare of modern guitarists and a sense of grace and melody of classic gypsy jazz players like Django himself. He has worked throughout many genres and plays with some of the greatest musicians on the planet like Yngwie J Malmsteen, Robben Ford, Lollo Meier, and bass legend Jack Bruce.
“Brilliant!” - Jamie Cullum
“The UK’s rising star of Jazz/Pop” - Music Mag
After a successful first appearance at Matt and Phreds, 21-year-old, award winning, Blues chart selling artist Tom Seals returns to what he describes as his "favourite venue in Manchester!".
The Bad Man Clan are a five-piece electric blues band, playing original and cover material. The band has played many festivals around the UK and are currently finishing their first album, due in 2015. The band are known for their energetic live show which recalls the three kings of the blues – B.B., Albert and Freddie.