Chris Batchelor – trumpet
Mark Lockheart – sax
Tom Herbert – bass
Will Glaser – drums
Although both members of Loose Tubes in the 1980s Chris Batchelor and Mark Lockheart have rarely played together in a small group setting. They will be playing songs by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Ellington , Rollins and Monk and other classics from the jazz standard repertoire but with their own personal slant.
Mark Lockheart is a multi-award-winning tenor sax player who first made his name working with seminal band Loose Tubes in the eighties, and whose mastery of modern jazz has kept him at the forefront of the music ever since. Co-founder of the universally regarded “The Perfect Houseplants” Mark has toured and recorded with Django Bates, Mike Gibbs, Mark Anthony Turnage and his own 11 piece “Scratch Band” as well as Seb Rochford’s highly acclaimed “Polar Bear”. A former Peter Whittingham Award winner, his album “Ellington In Anticipation” was the MOJO Album of the Year (2014) and to add further glitter to an already stellar CV he was named Jazz FM’s “Instrumentalist of the Year” (2016). Most recently Mark has completed a major jazz/orchestral work titled “Days on Earth” for jazz sextet and 30-piece orchestra, released on Edition Records (2019). And if all that wasn’t enough he is also a highly respected educator, writer and arranger.
Chris Batchelor is an innovative and creative trumpet player and composer based in London. As well as leading several projects, including the avant-trad band Pigfoot, he is also featured as a sensitive and versatile soloist in many highly regarded groups on the European jazz scene, and is a prominent soloist and composer in the re-formed Loose Tubes. He has played alongside international stars such as Michael Brecker, Sam Rivers, Hermeto Pascoal, Tim Berne and Uri Caine. In November 2009 he was selected to receive the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers.
Tom Herbert was a member both Polar Bear and Acoustic Ladyland . He is currently a member of Mark Lockheart’s Dreamers Quartet as well as playing in many other settings
Will Glaser moved to London in 2010 and since then has been a go to drummer for many bands.He has played with James Allsopp, Andrew Plummer, Ruth Goller, Alex Bonney, Stef Kett, Tom Challenger, Olie Brice, George Crowley, Dave De Rose, Liam Noble, Soweto Kinch, Dame Cleo Laine, Stan Sulzmann, Kit Downes, Ben Van Gelder, Nikki Iles, Iain Ballamy, Dinosaur, Alex Garnett, Josephine Davies, Yazz Ahmed, Henry Lowther, Babelfish, Rick Simpson, Sam Eastmond & Riley Stone-Lonerganto name a few
A review of the quartet “”Two sets of superior standards and modern jazz classics played by 4 outstanding musicians. Highlights for me were ‘All Blues’ and ‘lonely Woman’ .Great night of music.” – Alan Hayward
“Lockheart is a consummate saxophonist and an original and versatile composer” The Rough Guide to Jazz; “inspired and imaginative” The Times; “compelling” Guardian
“Batchelor, a fine trumpeter who intriguingly blends Miles Davis’s shrewd pacing and evocative long-note sounds with something of Harry Beckett’s bubbly phrasing”
John Fordham The Guardian