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Matthew Halsall picked up the trumpet at just 6 years old after being taken to a jazz gig by his parents. From the age of 14 Matt has toured the world playing in France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Holland, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Australia and America. His debut album “Sending My Love” was released in October 2008 on the newly formed independent jazz label Gondwana Records. The album received rave reviews and heavy airplay from the likes of Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1), Stuart Maconie (BBC 6 Music), Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music) and Mike Chadwick (Jazz FM).

In September 2008 he was asked to perform a live session at the legendary BBC Maida Vale Studios for Stuart Maconie’s Freakzone show on BBC 6 Music to coincide with the release.

Following on from this Matt began work on his first co-production project with saxophonist/composer and arranger Nat Birchall. The album titled “Akhenaten” was released on Gondwana Records in June 2009 and features four beautiful tracks composed by Nat Birchall.

In July 2009 Matt flew out to Genoa to spend a week working with world-class producer, songwriter, DJ, multi-instrumentalist and orchestral composer Nitin Sawhney.

His second album “Colour Yes” was released in October 2009 on Gondwana Records again receiving rave reviews and heavy airplay, which lead to an invitation from Gilles Peterson to perform at the prestigious Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho, London to a sell out crowd alongside Nostalgia 77 and Keith & Julie Tippett. Following on from this Matt was invited to perform at the legendary Dingwalls re-union in Camden, London again to a sell out crowd. His album was voted 2nd place in the best jazz album of 2009 at the Worldwide awards.

In December 2009 Matt returned to BBC Maida Vale Studios to record a special live session for Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide show on BBC Radio 1. The session was broadcast in January 2010 and Matt was invited onto the show to do a live interview.

In April 2010 he performed live on Cerys Matthews new show on BBC 6 Music.

Following on from this Matt finished off work on his second co-production with Nat Birchall “Guiding Spirit” which was released on Gondwana Records in May 2010.

Matthew is currently putting the finishing touches to his third album, which is out on Friday 20th May 2011.

www.matthewhalsall.com

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