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  • Wed
    28
    Jun
    2017

    The Mark Crooks Quintet

    Mark Crooks

    Mark Crook – clarinet, tenor sax

    John Pearce - piano

    Colin Oxley  -guitar

    Dave Chamberlain - double  bass

    Steve Brown – drums

     

    If you like Scott Hamilton, Zoot Sims or Lester Young, you will love Mark's playing. Mark Crooks has played in all of London’s top jazz venues and at jazz festivals up and down the country, including a week’s engagement at Ronnie Scott’s with the John Critchinson Quartet.

    Mark regularly plays with the John Wilson and Back To Basie Orchestras, and was invited to be the feature clarinettist with an otherwise all-American band at the Lincoln Centre in New York.  Mark was also invited to play the part of Artie Shaw in a gala tribute concert in Dublin in featuring The Solid Senders Orchestra with strings. The sold-out concert featured Mark performing classic Shaw repertoire including Stardust, Begin The Beguine and Nightmare, along with the infamous Interlude in Bb for clarinet and string quartet and the virtuoso Concerto for Clarinet. The concert was such a great success that Mark was immediately invited back to perform a Benny Goodman programme in April 2007 and to reprise the Artie Shaw with Strings Concert in September 2008

    Mark has worked in a wide range of musical settings including classical work and shows but is most at home in the jazz world. He has played in all of London’s top jazz venues and at jazz festivals up and down the country.

    Mark began his musical training by earning a degree in music performance at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. He moved to London to study on the postgraduate jazz course at the Guildhall School of Music after winning the Young Jazz Player of the Year Competition in 1991. Since leaving college Mark has worked in a wide range of musical settings including classical work and shows but is most at home in the jazz world . He has played in all of London’s top jazz venues and at jazz festivals up and down the country. Mark is joined tonight with his handpicked best UK jazz musicians for an evening of melodic music.