Saturday 2nd March 2019 - 9:30 pm
Music Charge: £14.00
“Lockett…plays with tremendous fluency and drive”
The first person in the UK to gain a degree qualification for jazz saxophone (1983), saxophonist, composer and teacher Mornington Lockett joined the Jim Mullen Quartet in 1989, leading to an invitation to join the Ronnie Scott Quintet in 1990, with whom he toured the world for 5 years. There then followed work with a host of high profile International artists, including Jimmy Smith, Arturo Sandoval, Jon Hendricks, Georgie Fame and Jack DeJohnette. Between 2000 and 2010 Mornington was busy working and recording with the late Martin Drew (Ronnie Scott) with their co-led group “New Jazz Couriers”, releasing four critically acclaimed albums and winning the 2002 British Jazz Award for Best Small Group. He was also an integral part of legendary British pianist and composer Stan Tracey's various bands for more than 15 years. Mornington's fluent, creative and powerful post-bop playing is probably best known at the Club these days for his regular appearances with the brilliant UK saxophonist Peter King, so it's nice to welcome him to the stage this evening leading his own group, although word has it that he may well have a Special Guest dropping by to help things along (we'll just have to wait and see…). Making up the quartet this evening will be the brilliant rhythm section of Gareth Williams-piano, Geoff Gascoyne-bass and Mark Fletcher-drums.
"One of the country's most accomplished...improvisers" Time Out; "Saxophonist Mornington Lockett must be one of the most complete masters of the instrument alive today." The Observer; “World class” Jazz Journal; “Lockett…plays with tremendous fluency and drive” Evening Standard