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About me

Growing up in a non-musical family in Los Angeles, California, Matt West's passion for music was found at the young age of 11yrs in the 6th Grade.
Attending Lindero Canyon Middle School in Agoura Hills California, within one year Matt was the First Chair Alto Saxophonist in the concert Band and in the Jazz Band A.
His break into pursuing a professional education and career in music happened when at the age of 16 years old he traveled to New York City to perform at Lincoln Center as part of the prestigious Essentially Ellington Competition. This is where Wynton Marsalis awarded him the outstanding soloist award and numerous music conservatories showed interest in having him attend their University.
After recieving offers of full scholarships at many universities, Matt decided to go to
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. A university in New York City that was the first to offer a BFA in Jazz Studies.
At this point he had the opportunity to play with such Jazz Legends as Bernard Purdy, Reggie Workman, Charles Tolliver, Chico Hamilton, Joel Frahm just to name a few.

After graduating from University, Matt took an opportunity at 22 years old to play Saxophones, Flute and Clarinet on the Inaugural cruises of Two ships, Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Eclipse.
At this point he was performing 5-6 days a week for 3000 people sharing the bandstand with numerous international traveling acts as the house band over 30 countries.

At the age of 23 Matt was asked to relocate to Dubai to perform with his Jazz Trio at the 5 Star hotel Westin where he held a 6 month residency.
After seeing the opportunities to work in Dubai and the ease of being able to work in other countries, he became Entertainment Director for a Multi Media Company Gulf Alliance Media Enterprises. Performing and providing jobs for dozens of entertainers and musicians in dubai.
Being in a city with lots of electronic music, Matt has started incorporating saxophone into live dj sets by using pedal boards and effects in a way not normally seen by saxophonist.
This has led him to holding residencies at some of the best clubs and beach clubs in the world. One of the best is the multi award winning Zero Gravity beach club where thousands of people are in attendance a week. Including holding a two month residency in Mykonos Greece.
Most recently Matt has been the Official Saxophonist for the Formula One Races and has been flown out to the races in Bahrain, Montreal, Mexico City, Japan as well as playing in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for 4+ yrs.
As well Matt has always been an advocate for furthering and helping the youth of the music community and his rapidly growing social media reach and notoriety has helped him do so.

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Gender Man
Language: English
Are you a solo artist or in a band? Soloist
What instruments do you play? Drummer, Flute, Piano, Saxophone
Can/Do you play with other musicians? Yes
Have you played at any gigs? Yes
If yes, please provide details I have performed in over 50 countries with Famous Musicians as well as for Royal Families and Prime Ministers

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