Born: August 14, 1981
Since graduating from Trinity College of Music in 2005, Matt has established himself as one of the most versatile, creative and hard-working bass players on the UK jazz scene. Known for his imaginative soloing, solid time keeping and great sound, he is in demand for both straight-ahead and modern jazz. He has performed worldwide and at many of London’s most prestigious venues such as the Purcell Room, the Cadogan Hall, Ronnie Scott’s, Dean Street Pizza Express Jazz Club, King’s Place, the Barbican main stage, and the O2 Arena. He is a regular at the Swanage, Marlborough and Scarborough jazz festivals, and continues to perform at others both at home and abroad...
‘Ridley and Brown like masters of the metronome, spot on at every juncture’ - Peter Vacher, Jazzwise
‘an imaginative soloist who also roots the band with strength and simplicity’ - Alison Bentley, London Jazz Blog
‘Ridley has a solid, woody sound and his solos are nimble and to the point’ – Mike Hobart, Jazzwise
‘his soloing is impressive, utilising the whole of the scale-length to produce imaginative improvisations’ - Bebop Spoken Here
‘the double bass versatility and compositional talent of Matt Ridley drive the quartet along’ - Adrian Pallant, London Jazz News