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Mark Lockheart of The Works

Thursday 23 Nov 2006 on stage 8pm
Bonington Theatre
Tickets £10 concs £8 students/children £5

The Works

featuring :Patrick Wood (synths,Rhodes,piano acoustic and electric guitars:Mark Lockheart (ts,ss,cbcl) Neville Malcolm (electric & acoustic bass) Richard Bailey (drms/percussion - Change to line up in programme) and special guest percussionist Bosco D'Olivera

Inspired by the great instrumental bands of the early 70's Patrick Wood's compositions combine jazz,world music,rock,folk and roots influences in ways that is both accessible and sophisticated. His collaborators are four of the most accomplished and interesting players in the country

Outstanding electric and acoustic instrumental music from four of the UK's finest and most exciting players plus the exciting Latin percussion of Bosco D'Olivera

"The whole thing's a fresh, passionate delight from start to finish." Jazzwise Magazine.
"Striking and mysterious...the music is warm…and the musicianship is superlative." Ian Carr.
"Once its in your blood, you’ll never get it out!" Jez Nelson (BBC Radio 3)

PREVIEW - by Trudie Squires

PLAYING for Jazzsteps in the Bonington Theatre, High Street, Arnold, on Thursday, November 23, is The Works, a group inspired by the great instrumental bands of the early 1970s. Compositions by the group’s pianist and keyboards player Patrick Wood combine jazz, world music, rock and folk influences in ways that are both accessible and sophisticated. His collaborators are four of the most accomplished and interesting players on the current UK scene, including Mark Lockheart (reeds), Neville Malcolm (electric and acoustic bass), Richard Bailey(drums) and special guest percussionist Bosco d’Olivera. Expect outstanding electric and acoustic instrumental music plus the added bonus of exciting Latin percussion from d’Olivera.

Patrick Wood has had a long and varied career as both composer and musician. After graduating from University College London in 1981, but mostly self-taught as a musician, he started out playing guitar and bass on London’s Alternative Cabaret scene and worked with singers Ian Shaw and Sarah Jane Morris. However, by 1994 Patrick had begun to concentrate more on new kinds of work as a composer. Starting with music for theatre, he has composed music for a long string of BBC TV documentaries, commercial projects, TV drama series and a Ghanain/US feature film. Patrick has also worked with leading jazz musicians such as David O’Higgins, Denys Baptiste and Jim Mullen, with experimental bassist Steve Lawson, and also with a number of Gospel artists on recordings, in performance and on TV. Having always loved the spark that comes from group improvisation inside the structures of his carefully crafted melodic music, Patrick has now been joined by three of the most accomplished and inventive players in the U.K. to join with him to form The Works.

Mark Lockheart is a consummate saxophonist and an original and versatile composer He has remained one of the UK’s most prominent players and internationally since his work in the groundbreaking big band Loose Tubes during the 1980s. He has led various groups of his own since then and performed at major venues and festivals worldwide.

Perfect Houseplants, a band Mark has co-led since 1992, has so far released six albums and performed and broadcast throughout Europe. He also leads his own semi-orchestral 11 piece group The Scratch Band, whose first album was voted by Time Out as one of the top ten albums of 1998 and he has received a significant number of awards and bursaries as a composer. A musician at the cutting edge of contemporary jazz music, Mark also has a versatility and range that have enabled him to record and tour in a wide variety of other contexts, from Radiohead and Prefab Sprout to June Tabor, Django Bates and Robert Wyatt. He is widely regarded as amongst the most distinctive and creative saxophonists in Britain, with a haunting lyricism and refreshingly interactive approach to improvisation.

Neville Malcolm is one of the most in-demand bass players in the country. Known as “Level-Neville,” he is an understated star on both acoustic and electric bass, combining an earthy, soulful feel with effortless technical ability. Nic France is a highly experienced and accomplished drummer, who brings a free-flowing creativity and excitement into The Works’ music. Coming from a background in Gospel music, Neville started out playing organ and guitar, switching to bass as he developed an ever greater interest in jazz and other music. Turning professional in the early 1990s, he worked with Philip Bent and Steve Williamson and became part of London’s Acid Jazz scene. He has since performed all over the world and recorded with Billy Cobham, Gabrielle, Tom Jones, Carl Orr, Alex Wilson, Nathan Haynes, Marlene Shaw, David McAlmont and Dave Valentin. Most recently he has been touring and recording with two of the world’s best known jazz crossover groups, Incognito and Us3.

Richard Bailey drummer for the Steve Winwood band is depping for Nic France who will be away in Japan.

The Works has recently added a new permanent member to its line-up, master Brazilian percussionist and vocalist Bosco d’Olivera.

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