Saxophone Summit: Mornington Lockett, Iain Ballamy, Alexander Bone
LONDON 606 Club
90 Lots Rd
This remarkable gig features a breathtaking 4-sax front line backed by Gareth Williams's exceptional piano trio.
Showcasing the talents of four outstanding jazz saxophonists, each with a unique sound and approach, the evening celebrates one of jazz music’s essential instruments. This year’s lineup includes one of the UK’s leading tenor sax players, Mornington Lockett. A member of Ronnie Scott’s band, Mornington has worked with singer Sarah Jane Morris and the Traceys - Stan and Clark - and was the driving force behind the brilliant “Celebrating the Jazz Couriers” quintet.
“Lockett plays with tremendous fluency and drive” Evening Standard
Also featured tonight will be the multi-award winning UK saxophonist, composer & ECM recording artist Iain Ballamy. After receiving the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation in 2001 Iain established himself as one of the UK’s most in demand players.
His original yet consistently melodic style and distinctive sound has been heard with an array of iconic artists including Django Bates, Bill Bruford, Claire Martin, John Taylor and Loose Tubes, as well as his own bands such as Anorak and Food. Iain was also the first jazz musician to receive the prestigious Paul Hamlyn composer’s award in 2007. '
Ballamy’s is a melodic thoughtful style, born out in beautiful original tunes.' (Time Out)
And the third of our featured saxophonists is the first ever winner of the “BBC Young Musician - Jazz” Award in 2014 and the 2016 British Jazz Award “Rising Star”, saxophonist, composer, arranger and producer Alexander Bone. A bold and impressivetalent, Alexander has already performed twice as a soloist on the BBC Proms, was part of the BBC Young Musician 40th Anniversary celebrations at Royal Albert Hall and has worked with some of the biggest names in jazz, pop and electronic music including NileRodgers, Rudimental and Gary Barlow.
"Alexander Bone...no mistake, this young man can play. How he does it is beyond mere mortals” BeBop Spoken Here
Pianist Gareth Williams, a “fantastic improviser” (The Guardian) has unquestionably established himself as one of the country’s leading modern jazz pianists, working with Claire Martin, Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Lovano and more. And watch out for our very Special Guest