The Duke goes on tour with seven friends

Mark Lockheart

A brand new project from Trinity Laban jazz lecturer Mark Lockheart, inspired by the music of Duke Ellington, is about to launch a new CD with a nationwide tour in February.

Ellington in Anticipation takes many of the Duke's revered compositions such as Satin Doll, Mood Indigo and It Don't Mean a Thing, and deconstructs and arranges these characterful melodies into a fascinating set of new music, rich in orchestration and concept and entirely respectful to the beauty of Ellington's original creations.

Featuring some of the most exciting and original musicians in the UK, this is a unique and radical project which beautifully combines the old with the new. Ellington started as a collaboration with Trinity Laban students, and early versions were performed at the Laban Building, Ronnie Scott's and Blackheath Halls.

The Ellington in Anticipation all-star seven piece group includes Mark Lockheart (saxophone, and Parliamentary Jazz Musician of the year 2010), Seb Rochford (drums), Liam Noble (piano), Tom Herbert (bass), Finn Peters (alto sax), James Allsop (clarinets) and Margrit Hasler (viola).

Ellington In Anticipation will be released on the Subtone record label (and distributed by Propernote) on 18 February 2013. The tour is supported by Arts Council England and the National Lottery.

For tour dates, please visit Mark Lockheart's website.

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