Featuring Mark Nightingale and Callum Au, two of the major award- 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 Nightingale and Callum 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)
Joining Mark and Callum are the outstanding trio of
Graham Harvey - piano,
Alec Dankworth - double bass and
Clark Tracey - drums
Tickets £20 plus £1.50 booking fee
A wealth of Jazz over Autumn at London's newest Jazz Cabaret Venue.
Audiences say —
"All positives from me. Have been twice now, both times top quality musicians, staff are very welcoming and friendly, table service so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy, atmosphere is great!
Long may it continue because its so important to have these venues, especially after the last two years "
"Piano Smithfield is a 5-stars venue I would urge you to visit if you like your jazz in intimate surroundings. It’s cool. Damned cool” – Jeff Prestridge — Daily Mail