Matt Stacey – Sax player
Add a touch of class to your event or Wedding reception with saxophonist, Matt Stacey. If you are looking for live background music to create the perfect atmosphere, Matt would be the perfect choice
Matt’s music is warm and cheerful, but also mellow and unobtrusive, ideal live music through drinks reception, banqueting and hospitality functions.
Playing Time: up to 3½ hours sax playing (spread through the day or evening as you wish)
Travel: Matt travels all over the UK
Based in Yorkshire near the Motorway network.
No extra fee for long distances other than basic petrol cost.
Matt plays live sax with self-produced backing tracks.
Also a multi-instrumentalist and arranger, Matt records his own unique arrangements in his own studio for his easy-listening backings. Everything you hear is Matt.
Multiple speaker systems can be set up in several different locations (including outside).
Clip-on radio mic for mobility.
Public liability & equipment PAT tested.
Matt has played sax since he was 14 years old. But it was actually as a pianist that he began gigging professionally working with his own jazz trio in 1994. It wasn’t long before Matt was in demand as a keyboard player with bands and theatre shows performing soul, disco, rock, funk, jazz, latin American, rock ‘n’ roll and mainstream pop. As a multi-instrumentalist, he also stood in on guitar & bass guitar with several bands.
His passion has always been composing and arranging. It wasn’t long before Matt was band-leader, arranging big band scores and creating orchestral backing tracks for a Frank Sinatra tribute show ‘Just To Be Frank’ and a ‘Surely Bassey’ tribute/ Bond themes show. With these acts, he played at events all over Europe and the Middle East.
The huge range of music genres and eras in which Matt has worked has given him a knowledge and passion for a broad range of music. Matt has embraced all those genres in his sax repertoire as well as venturing into some new ones.
Although Matt has played sax since a teenager, he didn’t start playing professionally until 1997 when he founded ‘Skaface’, his own ska & reggae band. With an energetic set of Madness, Specials, The Beat & Bad Manners classics, the band toured the UK and Ireland over 4 years.
As an extra touch on ‘Surely Bassey’ events, Matt started to play Bond Themes as ‘The Man With The Golden Sax’ and pre-dinner sax sets with the Sinatra show.
In 2007, Matt started playing solo sax with his self- produced backing tracks for Weddings and banqueting functions. Initially meant only as an extra top-up on his piano bookings, it soon became clear that, with his unique broad repertoire, his sax playing was growing hugely popular. By 2010 solo sax bookings far outweighed all others, and Matt became exclusively a solo sax player for events and Weddings.
Since 2007 Matt has performed for hundreds of Weddings and functions all over the UK from Kent to Aberdeen.
Types of events have included celebrity hospitality events all around London including at the Dorchester, Savoy & Inter-Continental hotels, a James Bond themed Ball in Monte Carlo and hundreds of Weddings at venues from central London to the shores of Loch Lomond.
Matt still plays piano & guitar in his own studio, recording his own music as well as producing more backings for his ever-growing unique sax repertoire.
Whether gigging or not, Matt loves to travel and see new places. He has based himself in West Yorkshire for this reason. He lives only a few minutes from the M1 / M62 / A1 motorway network, almost equidistant from London and Edinburgh.
Just a few of the places where Matt has performed
Savoy Hotel, London
Dorchester Hotel, London
Radisson Edwardian Heathrow
Leeds Castle, Kent
Copthorne Resort, Sussex
Richmond Hill Hotel, Surrey
Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire
Theobald’s Park, Hertforshire
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
Old Rectory, Croistwick, Norfolk
Tortworth Court, Gloucestershire
Cheltenham Town Hall
Swindon Marriot, Wiltshire
Winchester Hotel & Spa, Hants
Highclere Castle, Hampshire
Dartington Hall, Devon
Celtic Manor, Newport, South Wales
Vale Resort, Cardiff
NEC Hilton Metropole Birmingham
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Wroxhall Abbey, Warwickshire
Forest of Arden, Coventry
Ettington Chase, Warwickshire
The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
Hardwick Hall, County Durham
Inn on The Lake, Ullswater
Rudding Park, Harrogate
Royal York Hotel, York
DeVere Oulton Hall, Leeds
Harvey Nicholls, Leeds
Thorpe Park, Leeds
Park Hall, Lancashire
Manchester Town Hall
Manchester City Stadium
Mottram Hall, Cheshire
Peckforton Castle, Cheshire
Thornton Manor, Wirral
Millenium Galleries, Sheffield
Petwood Hotel, Lincolnshire
Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
Lodge on Loch Lomond
Norton House Hotel, Edinburgh
Hotel Du Vin, Glasgow
The Vu, Bathgate
Airth Castle, Stirlingshire