Saxophonist, composer, and 2016 Jazz FM ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ Mark Lockheart first came to prominence in the mid 1980s with the influential big band Loose Tubes. In 1992 Mark formed the eclectic co-led quartet Perfect Houseplants, a group that released six albums and collaborated with classical artists such as the Orlando Consort, Andrew Manze and Pamela Thorby. He has since recorded and performed with many jazz, folk and pop artists, including: Django Bates, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, June Tabor, Stereolab, Jah Wobble, Robert Wyatt, Prefab Sprout, Don Um Romao, Thomas Dolby and Radiohead.
Mark joined Seb Rochford’s groundbreaking ensemble Polar Bear in 2003, receiving two Mercury Prize nominations with the group, before branching out with a number of projects under his own name, including the remarkable jazz/orchestral work Days On Earth, written for jazz sextet and 30-piece orchestra, released on Edition Records in January 2019.
This brand new, all-star group explores Mark’s multi-faceted outlook on music through a new set of original compositions with this bold and uniquely contemporary sounding group .Urgent and exciting grooves, sonically adventurous and fascinating soundscapes all cleverly crafted together within Lockheart’s memorable melodic writing, expect the unexpected!. Mark’s inspiration for this new project come from many influences including Ellington, Shorter, John Zorn, Burt Bacharach and even Kraftwerk!
Mark Lockheart // Saxophones
Elliot Galvin // Piano & Keyboards
Tom Herbert // Bass
Dave Smith // Drums
“From Loose Tubes to Polar Bear and beyond, Lockheart’s capacity to be ahead of the jazz curve is undeniable. In this new band his combination of lyrical economy and harmonic creativity has found three improvisatory soulmates who clearly know how to make the most of his compositions in their own terms.” — Jazzwise magazine
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
The Yard, 11 Bent Street, M8 8NF Manchester, UK, Manchester, United Kingdom