Renowned by many as the best solo Jazz vocalist on the planet. Randolph Matthews performs solo and with band accompanied only by his looped voice. Where his roots in Jazz, music explore the thin line between the divine and secular. His compositions are musically piercing and attuned to the stories of life. Mixing lost love, melancholy and sophisticated technology for atmosphere.
He moved from pub gigs to concert halls, breaking free from traditional song structures, inventing his own electrifying musical style. He is noticeably seen playing on stage with a fedora hat and an old 1960 suitcase.
Randolph Matthews is a Jazz vocalist, is a songwriter, a composer, a producer and a beatbox extraordinaire. Beatbox is referred to the technique which reproduces musical instruments through the use of the voice made famous by Bobby McFerrin. But Randolph would prefer to be described as a vocal percussionist because he uses his voice to create beautiful musical landscapes that accompany his voice.
He blends Jazz scatting with his typically soul style of the like of Gregory Porter, McFerrin experimentation with African and electronic influences, a delicate poetry with a pinch of English humour and at the same time he puts together melodic and percussive lines in real time creating unique and very evocative orchestrations. All of these characteristics make him unique in the World music landscape.
“Dazzling improvisational skills ,flawless and world class”
- Chris Phillips Jazz FM
“This man’s not just original he’s out there”
- Jazz Blues and Soul magazine
“If you get to see him grab it with both hands you wont be disappointed ”
- LBC FM
“Beautifully langourous and unshamedly expressive”
- Flux Magazine