Mark Lockheart (tenor sax) / Seb Rochford (drums) / Liam Noble (piano) / Tom Herbert (bass) / Finn Peters (alto sax) / James Allsop (clarinets) / Margrit Hasler (viola) 

Inspired by the music of Duke Ellington and taking many of Ellington’s most revered compositions, such as Satin Doll, Mood Indigo, Take The A Train, It Don’t Mean A Thing and Creole Love Call, I've deconstructed and arranged these melodies into a set of new music, rich in orchestration and very different from the originals, but hopefully respectful to the beauty of Ellington’s original creations. 



Saxophonist/Composer Mark Lockheart has hit upon a delightful solution to the old/new wrangle

The album has been extensively featured on BBC’s Jazz Line-Up, Late Junction and Jazz On 3 programmes, and the band’s concert at the Welsh School Of Music & Drama was broadcast in June 2013.

I formed the group in late 2012 and we released our debut album Ellington In Anticipation in February 2013, followed by a nine-date sell-out major UK tour. Recent performances include Kings Place and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London Jazz Festival).

The group gained much critical success, with four-star reviews in the Guardian, Times, Jazzwise and Jazz Journal, as well as being awarded ‘Jazz Album of 2013’ by MOJO magazine and nominated for ‘Best Jazz CD of 2013’ at the 2014 All Party Parliamentary Awards. 

affecting melodies, endlessly inventive
— The Observer
Slyly magnificent, Ellington In Anticipation
— The Metro
Quietly evolving into one of the UK’s jazz scene outstanding composers
— Guardian