The big band are currently rehearsing hard for the 17th October when Trombone Maestro: Mark Bassey will be joining us for what promises to be a fabulous evening. The night will include some of Mark Bassey’s own charts: In The Beginning and Caught In the Act As Well as some features to show Mark off and some special trombone section pieces to share the trombone lovin’!
Jazz trombonist Mark Bassey has been described as “a superb, witty player” (Dave Gelly). His playing can stretch from the “raucous” (John Fordham) to an “exquisite sound and perfect phrasing” (Brian Blain). Mark is a highly versatile musician who covers all styles from swing to bop (with John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Alan Barnes) and the contemporary (Julian Arguelles, Nikki Iles).
In 2007 he released ‘Mark Bassey’s Telling Stories’ an album featuring his own highly programmatic writing. His quintet ‘Bassey Plays Basie’ also has an album in the pipeline.
Mark has been involved with jazz education for many years, teaching trombone and running classes in harmony, improvisation, composition and arranging at many colleges including the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity College of Music, the City Literary Institute, and also the Jamey Aebersold jazz summer school.