Mark Nightingale & Callum Au – The Sound of J&K

Thursday October 19

Mark Nightingale & Callum Au
The Sound of J&K

Piano Smithfield, Long Lane, Barbican, London

A year ago, in Autumn 2022, we brought together our two greatest exponents of Jazz Trombone. Such a success with an enthusiastic audience, we had no hesitation in inviting their return to play again in our Autumn 2023 series

Featuring Mark Nightingale and Callum Au, two of the major awards- winning forces in British jazz trombone playing today, this line-up is reminiscent of the fabulous melodic swinging groups of the 1950’s and 60’s led by J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding.

The pairing of two jazz musicians has, only rarely created a unique and pleasing sound that becomes instantly recognisable, achieving long-lasting acclaim from fans and critics alike.

When in 1945 J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding paired up for a new quintet there were those who though a two-trombone front-line simply wouldn’t work. How wrong they were!

The Jay and Kai Quintet was an instant hit. Over many subsequent years right through until 1983, this duo produced a wealth of recorded material than stands the test.

The repertoire of music being performed in this Piano Smithfield concert, by Mark NightingaleCallum Au, includes some J&K classics as well as other standards and originals given the uniquely refreshing and appealing two- trombone treatment.

It’s a jazz trombone tour-de-force that will have your toes tapping and your face smiling.

Here’s Mark in full flow

And just around the corner here’s Callum

It was such a treat to hear two of the UK’s best trombonists play in the style of the classic J&K band. The harmonies and counter melodies were brilliant and the solos very exciting – there’s an obvious synergy in the band too. Well worth booking!” Ian Pennicott, Director Teignmouth Jazz Festival


Mark Nightingale never puts a foot wrong, producing a string of solos which are constantly inventive while keeping your foot tapping” - Tony Augarde -Crescendo Jazz Magazine)

Doors 6.45pm

Music 8pm

Tickets £25 plus £1.50 booking fee

Students £10 plus £1.50 booking fee