Matt Ball is a free-lance trombonist, composer/arranger & educator of music. As well as leading his own groups (the Matthew Ball Quintet, Gourmet Music and the Brideshead Ballroom Stompers), he is an accomplished jazz player, session musician and lead-trombonist. Matt also runs Gourmet Music, a company supplying music for all events and occasions.
Matt is in high demand as a session musician having worked with the group Elbow - performing on their Top 10 Album and 2008 Mercury Album of the year ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ and performing live with Atomic Kitten, Candi Staton, Gloria Gaynor, Deniece Williams, Cherry Ghost, and with Motown and soul legends Ben. E. King, Percy Sledge, Martha Reeves, Jimmy Ruffin, Jean Knight, Billy Paul, Freda Payne, Peabo Bryson, The Temptations Review, The New Stylistics, The Thymes, William Bell, Dorothy Moore & Kim Weston. Matt has also worked with Motown songwriters Ashford & Simpson and Lamont Dozier.
Matt has worked on various TV and film projects including the movie adaptation of Brideshead Revisited (2008), for which he created the Brideshead Ballroom Stompers and Joe Maddison’s War (2010). Matt has performed in big bands and theatre shows including the Glenn Miller Orchestra (UK), Pasadena Roof Orchestra, New Squadraniers, Memphis Belle Orchestra, John Miller and his Orchestra, Magic of Motown, David Gests Soul Spectacular, Roy G Hemmings (Drifters), Jonathan Wilkes & Anthony Costa, Schwing, Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton Du Beke & Erin Boage, the National Festival Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Matt has worked with many of the UK's top jazz musicians & vocalists, including Clare Teal, Andy Prior, Alan Barnes and Dennis Rollins, performing at jazz venues and jazz festivals such as Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express London, Manchester Jazz Festival, Scarborough Jazz Festival, Wigan International Jazz Festival, Hull Jazz Festival, Burton Agnes's Jazz Festival, Southport International Jazz Festival and Upton Jazz Festival.
Matt has also performed on stage at some of the countries most prestigious concert halls including the Hammersmith Apollo (London), Symphony Hall (Birmingham), Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Clyde Auditorium (Glasgow), St. David’s Hall (Cardiff), Royal Concert Hall (Nottingham), Philharmonic Hall (Liverpool) and many of the countries largest theatres and conference centres.