Vaughan Hawthorne-Nelson – Sax
Robert Mitchell – Piano
Larry Bartley – bass
Mark Mondesir – drums
Vaughan Hawthorne-Nelson makes a rare London appearance. Vaughan has played and performed with many of the greats of the British jazz scene over the years. This is sure to be an evening filled with uplifting and swinging music.
An accomplished saxophonist and composer, Vaughan has recorded six albums with many of the leading lights of Jazz.
Vaughan was born on 24th May 1968 in London, to a Jamaican mother and Antiguan father, he took up the saxophone at 14 and by 17 was accepted into Berklee College of Music, U.S.A where he studied composition.
At the age of twenty he had already recorded two albums and performed with world class musicians such as Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, Courtney Pine and Bobby Watson. His second album The Path featuring Julian Joseph and Mark Mondesir. After finishing his studies, Vaughan had begun questioning the role of the musician in contemporary society.
An intensive journey of self-exploration followed. It was not until 1995 that Vaughan returned to music in with the aptly titled Emergence. Emergence has been described as “…an accomplished, powerful and spiritually uplifting album…” (Straight No Chaser magazine).
1999 saw the release of See You There, which featured the late great South African pianist Bheki Mseleku, Mark Mondesir on drums and Jeremy Brown on acoustic bass.
In 2005 Vaughan wrote The Freedom Suite which receiving its premier performance at The Purcell Room in London featuring Julian Joseph on piano and Gary Husband on drums.
In 2019 Vaughan turned his hand to classical music and premiered his first string quartet and saxophone quintet with the Leon String Quartet at St Augustine’s Church, Ramsgate. He continues to compose in a wide range of styles and genres.