I had a brilliant night at the Purcell Room as part of the London Jazz Festival 2014 exploring some of the great British Jazz composers. Hepled by some great arrangements by Jason Yarde, Liam Noble and Laura Jurd and the beautiful contributions of our two wonderful guests Bobby Wellins and Norma Winstone. We covered a diverse and fascinating set of music and a few people have asked me to put the set list up on line so here it is:
I'm really excited about this new trio with Jasper and Liam. We've been experimenting with lots of new material that the three of us have written for our debut concert at the Vortex on June 3rd, everything from Bluegrass, 1920s Ellington Jungle to Avant Garde!
I've also just heard that we have been awarded a PRS for Music Foundation grant grant to help us go and perform at the Rochester Jazz Festival in New York on June 27th. Do come and see us at the Vortex if New York is too far!
Mark has been chosen as the 2014 Jazz Electives composer by Town Hall & Symphony Hall (THSH) and Birmingham Music Service. Mark will write and lead a specially commissioned piece for 250 school children, to be performed in Symphony Hall at the flagship Generation Ladywood Showcase in June 2014.
Inspired by the music of Duke Ellington and taking many of Ellington’s most revered compositions, such as Satin Doll, Mood Indigo, Take The A Train, It Don’t Mean A Thing and Creole Love Call, I've deconstructed and arranged these melodies into a set of new music, rich in orchestration and very different from the originals, but hopefully respectful to the beauty of Ellington’s original creations.