Saxophone Summit featuring:
Peter king, Mornington Lockett, Julian Siegal & Gábor
@ the 606 Club
17 November 2008
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Peter King biography
Born 11 of August in Kingston upon Thames, during
an air raid, Peter King had a few lessons on piano and violin during
his school years. However it was not until he took up the clarinet
at 15 that he decided to make music his life. Only three months
after getting his first clarinet, King was offered a job with the
local semi-pro Dixieland band and got an early grounding in the
history of jazz, from King Oliver to Charlie Parker, who inspired
him to change to alto-sax.
When he was only eighteen King played the opening
of London's famous Ronnie Scott's Club and, for a while was the
resident Quartet at the club. He was also voted “New Star”
1959 in the Melody Maker Jazz Poll and has been a major influence
on the British Jazz Scene ever since.
At only 21 years of age Peter King was invited
by the great and legendary genius Bud Powell to play with him at
the Blue Note in Paris. Even today this is one of his most memorable
experiences both musically and socially. As well as working with
many Big Bands including Maynard Ferguson, Tubby Hayes, StanTracey,
Jonny Dankworth, plus the great Ray Charles and the Brazilian legend
Hermeto Pascoal, King has accompanied many great show business stars.
During his long career he has worked with such people as James Brown,
Tony Bennet, Marlene Dietrich, Liberace, Lauren Bacall and countless
During the mid-sixties, King had his quartet at
Annie Ross’ club – Annie’s Room. He played regularly
with great singers such as Anita O’Day, Ernestine Anderson
and Joe Williams. During this time King gained an intimate knowledge
of the Blues and the real meaning of Soul which has never left him.After
leaving Annie's Room, King went on the road with Dakota Staton and
Jon Hendricks, both of whom had settled in the UK for a while. On
one memorable day he played on the steps of Saint Paul's Cathedral
in front of thousands of people at the memorial concert for Martin
Luther King. Sharing the honor were Jon Hendricks, Dakota Staton
and Philly Joe Jones.
With the arrival of the eighties King started
to build his career anew with the first of several albums under
his own name. He also started to tour extensively on the Continent,
especially in France where he acquired a lot of new fans. Over the
years King has played on many “Pop” sessions but the
most long lived collaborations have been with Ben Watt of “Everything
But The Girl” and with Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones.
King is a member of Charlie’s Quintet and apart from playing
in Japan, Brazil and the USA - including a sell-out week at the
Blue Note in New York - he has acted as musical director, composer,
and arranger on all of the quintet’s albums including Charlie’s
“Tribute To Charlie Parker” and the Billboard Chart
topping “Warm And Tender”. This coupled with his work
with Charlie and composer Michael Kamen on the film “Blue
Ice” starring Michael Caine, has added to his growing reputation
as a writer.
King continues to keep abreast of new developments
among the younger generation of British musicians and really thrives
on the challenge of working with such phenomenal talents as Julian
Josef and Mark Mondesir.
Mornington Lockett biography
Tenor saxophonist Mornington Lockett studied at
Dartington College Of Arts before moving to London to attend the
Guildhall School of Music and Drama.As a member of the Ronnie Scott
Sextet, Lockett worked extensively in Britain and abroad. He has
recorded albums with Ronnie Scott, guitarist Jim Mullen, drummer
Martin Drew, pianist Stan Tracey, and jazz singers Sarah Jane Morris,
Claire Martin, Ian Shaw, and Lea Delaria. In 1995 Lockett performed
at the Barbican with Cuban trumpet supremo Arturo Sandoval and was
subsequently asked to appear with the group at the Cork Jazz Festival.
Lockett has also toured internationally with Oscar Peterson's long
time sidemen, drummer Martin Drew and bassist Niels Henning Ørsted
Pedersen, and toured Europe in the summer of 2004 with the legendary
hammond organist Jimmy Smith. In 2001 Lockett and Martin Drew formed
the group: Celebrating The Jazz Couriers, which recreated Tubby
Hayes and Ronnie Scott’s late 1950s group. The other featured
saxophonist in the band was the great Nigel Hitchcock, with Steve
Melling (piano), and Andrew Cleyndert (bass) completing the line-up.
Two CDs of this music are available now, Volume 1 and 2, both recorded
at live gigs in the UK.
In 2004 the ‘Celebrating’ group disbanded,
and reformed as The New Jazz Couriers with the phenomenal young
vibes player Jim Hart replacing the second sax, and Paul Morgan
joining the band on bass. The focus of the music has shifted slightly,
taking in the Tubby Hayes Quartet repertoire and also the compositions
of great British pianist and vibraphone player, Victor Feldman.
There is a new album “Azule Serapé”.
In 2006 Lockett joined up with British saxophone
legends Don Weller and Art Themen to form a popular group called
the Three Jazz Tenors, which is currently on tour in the UK.
In 2008 Lockett joined up with Sting/Wayne Shorter
pianist Jason Rebello, Black Crowes guitarist Paul Stacey, international
drumming star/producer Jeremy Stacey and bass icon Pino Palladino
to form a unique band called Actual Spoof. The group is affectionately
revisiting some classic 70s and 80s jazz-fusion and rock music,
as well as playing some distinctive new material.
Gábor Bolla biography
Gábor Bolla was born in 1988 in Budapest.
He has played the clarinet since the age of 10. In 2000 he won first
prize in the National Schools’ Clarinet Competition. Around
that time he also got his first taste of jazz and within a year
he had begun to play the soprano and tenor saxophones. In 2003 he
got to the semi-finals in the World Saxophone Competition at the
Montreux Jazz Festival. He has played at festivals in Bilbao, Bucharest,
Delhi and Bombay. At the end of 2004 Bolla won the Hans Koller Prize
in Vienna, he also received an invitation from the Vienna Art Orchestra
to play on their upcoming CD. The Gábor Bolla Quartet (with
Gábor Cseke on piano, Zoltán Oláh on bass,
and András Mohay on drums) was formed on the saxophonist’s
15th birthday. The debut record of the band includes tunes of Billie
Holiday, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Miles Davis, plus compositions
of the two Gábors. The latter match perfectly the pieces
written by the great masters. Despite their young age (the oldest
member, Cseke, is 33), all members of the band are already major
figures of the Hungarian Jazz scene.