Ahead of Mark Lockheart's performance on Symphony Hall stage this month Tony Dudley-Evans, Artistic Adviser to the Jazzlines programme at Town Hall Symphony Hall, discusses Mark Lockeart and his roots in the British jazz big band Loose Tubes.
Loose Tubes Big Band was probably one of the most dramatic developments in UK jazz in the 1980s. The band was originally formed as a rehearsal band that worked under the leadership of Graham Collier, but they rapidly became a collective that transformed the UK jazz scene.
Their fun approach, great tunes and vibrant approach to live performance was a breath of fresh air and they were a key band in the emergence of a whole raft of new talent.
Mark Lockheart was an important member of Loose Tubes and is an excellent example of a musician who has used his experience in the band to develop into a musician noted for the range of his creative activity.
He led and wrote for a large ensemble he called The Scratch Band, and was a founder member of Seb Rochford’s Polar Bear, another band that changed the grammar of UK jazz.
His latest project Days on Earth sees Mark recording with a jazz sextet and 30 piece orchestra and touring with a smaller version of the ensemble. The album has had great reviews; John Fordham in The Guardian described it as his ‘most ambitious recording of his two decades as a leader’.
The project comes to Symphony Hall stage on Wednesday 30th October as part of the Jazzlines programme.