Mo' Jazz Band Biography

From an era of the most traumatic times in western civilisation came probably the most creative, prolific and productive periods of modern popular music. What we now refer to as the “jazz standards” was the “pop” music of that era.

Mo'Jazz takes most, but not exclusively its material from the seemingly endless source of jazz standards. Beautifully crafted and structured songs that inspire constant re-interpretation. From the pens of Duke Ellington, Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart through to the more modern Monk, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock.

The trio Mo'Jazz is made up of three seasoned musicians who love and revel in the playing and the challenges this genre of music presents.
Though a complete unit in itself the trio is highly adaptable being able to call upon a resource of additional musicians to be easily transformed into a quartet, quintet etc to suit any occasion.

Testimonials

“Great band, had lots of comments from customers. One group said it was the best jazz they’d heard all weekend”

Vernons Wine Bar, Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2009

“Brilliant night, Dutch Lewis was guesting on sax, the roof will need re-tiling though!”

Cross Keys Pub, Lydney, Glos 2009

“Certainly warmed up a cold rainy evening, nice band”

Norwood Arms Jazz Night, Cheltenham 2010

“A great band playing my favourite kind of jazz. Pins were heard to drop during the ballads!”
“Created the perfect atmosphere just what we wanted, a pleasure to listen as well as dance to - Highly recommended”

Julie and Sarah Williams, 50th Birthday party, Tewkesbury, Glos, 2009

Band Members

Matt Taylor / Bass

Matt has a wide and varied playing experience which belies his youth. Originally a trombonist of renown his transition to bass was in our opinion the best thing he ever did!

He has gained a wealth of experience playing in bands both big and small at festivals and venues in Britain and Europe with numerous artists the likes of Peter King, Clark Tracy, Tina May, Nikki Iles, Jean Toussaint to name but a few.

Matt has an instinctive feel for Jazz bringing a creativity that makes him much more than just a dependable member of the rhythm section.

Pete Butler / Piano

Pete, an experienced jazz pianist is also the technical brains of the band as he is a music technology lecturer and producer. He has an instinctive and inventive approach to jazz as well as an ability to adapt and innovate in many other styles.

He maintains weekly residency at The Subtone Club in Cheltenham and has tours with Jeff Spencer and Alex Hutchins.

Influences include Bill Evans, Kenny Barron, Monk and Oscar Peterson.

Pete Ray / Vocals & Percussion

Pete's highly stylised vocal approach was developed in his early years fronting Blues and R&B bands maintaining long standing residencies that have provided a perfect bedrock for moving into jazz.

His playing experience encompasses everything from intimate duos to big band performing at various festivals and venues in Britain and Europe.

Vocal influences include Mark Murphy, Billy Holiday and Mel Torme. Pete's percussion (congas etc) completes the rhythm section creating a tightly integrated and dynamic unit. Pete is also song co-arranger with pianist Pete Butler.