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Mark Lockheart

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Mark Lockheart first came to prominence in the mid 1980s with the influential big band Loose Tubes.
The 90s saw Mark recording and performing with his co-led band Perfect Houseplants & also Django Bates, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, June Tabor, Stereolab, Jah Wobble, Robert Wyatt, Prefab Sprout, Thomas Dolby & Radiohead.
In 2003 Mark joined Seb Rochford’s Polar Bear, recording 'Held On The Tips Of Fingers,' & 'In Each & Everyone' both nominated for Mercury Award's.
In 2009 Mark's quintet album 'In Deep' was released to critical acclaim followed by the big band ‘Days Like These’
In 2013 Mark released ‘Ellington In Anticipation,' a radical reworking of Ellington melodies with an all-star line up which included Seb Rochford and Liam Noble. The CD of the project had many four and five-star reviews and was MOJO magazine’s ‘Jazz Album of 2013’ and nominated as ‘Best Jazz CD of 2013’ by the APPJC at the 2014 Parliamentary Awards.
An invitation to perform at the New York Rochester Jazz Festival in 2014 led to the formation of a new trio 'Malija' with bassist Jasper Hoiby and pianist Liam Noble. Malija's debut album 'The Day I Had Everything' was released in Dec 2015 to critical acclaim. The group's second CD entitled 'Instinct' was released in 2017 followed by a 21 date tour.
In 2016 Mark was awarded Jazz FM Instrumentalist of the year and recently completed a jazz/orchestral work entitled 'Days On Earth' which will be released on & Edition label January 2019.

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