Matt Ford and Strictly Smokin' Big Band
Michael Lamb’s Strictly Smokin’ Big Band return to Sage Gateshead after 2022’s sell-out performance – this time featuring guest vocalist Matt Ford.
Famed, in particular, for his work with the John Wilson Orchestra, Matt is widely regarded as the finest big band singer in the UK. In 2006 Matthew was voted ‘Best UK Male Big Band Vocalist’ and nominated alongside Jamie Callum in the inaugural Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards.
As a soloist Matthew makes regular appearances with the RTE and BBC Concert Orchestras, and has also worked with the Northern Sinfonia, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Halle and Philharmonia Orchestras.
As a big band vocalist Matthew is always in demand, working with the BBC Big Band, Grammy nominated John Wilson Orchestra and many others including the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra.
In 2009 Matthew broadcast with the BBC Big Band for the 30th Anniversary of BBC Radio 2’s ‘Big Band Special’ programme. His appearances with the RTE Concert Orchestra are regularly broadcast on RTE 1 and Lyric FM throughout Eire, whilst his album recordings have aired across the UK on Radio 2.
Strictly Smokin’s usual line up will be in attendance, alongside vocalist Alice Grace.