In late 2001, Mike heard three musicians at a gig in a pub in Hampstead. Instantly impressed and with his years of experience, he recognised the amazing talents of this group of young musicians. Mike invited them to join him and see whether they could produce something special together.
Mat and Steve Fishwick were born on 7th July 1976 and both started trumpet lessons at the early age of eight. Three years later when Mat was eleven he changed to drums. The twins' Mum and Dad were enthusiasts for the likes of Jimmy Dorsey and Glen Miller and Mat and Steve soon discovered Miles Davies and Charlie Parker.
That was the start of their love affair with Be Bop.
They moved to London to study the Jazz Course at the Royal Academy of Music from 1994 to 1998 where both obtained degrees.
Mat has been busy on the London Jazz Scene playing with amongst others Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache, Kenny Davern, Ken Peplowski and fellow Brits Jim Mullen, Dave Cliff and Stacey Kent.
Steve has performed with Scott Hamilton, John Burch, Jim Mullen, Dave Cliff and Spike Robinson.
The Guardian recently said of the twins 'Mat and Steve catch the crackling. 1960's hard Bop sound with uncanny empathy'.
Steve Kaldestad, originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, started playing the trumpet at the age of seven, switching to the saxophone at the age of eleven.
After moving to Montreal to attend McGill University (where he gained a B.Mus and a M.Mus) he went on to study with Pat LaBarbera in Toronto and then spent a year in New York taking lessons from Lee Konitz.
Referred to by Paul Wells of Canada's National Post as a 'Shoot from the hip tenor player'. Steve has recorded alongside jazz great Jimmy Heath, opened for Ray Charles at the 2000 Montreal International Jazz Festival and performed with stars, Maynard Ferguson, Kenny Wheeler, Slide Hampton and Chuco Valdes.
Steve now lives in London.
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Mike Carr's Blue Note Band are now available to play clubs, festivals and concerts.
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