Events

Feb23

MJM is assisting students/members on saxophone for...https://capstone.hope.ac.uk/whatson/lijf-2024-liverpool-hope-university-big-band-performs-the-music-of-carla-bley.html

"LIJF 2024: Liverpool Hope University Big Band performs The Music of Carla Bley"

Friday, 23 February 2024 Time: 1pm

This concert has been organised in tribute to the legendary American jazz composer, pianist, organist, and bandleader Carla Bley who passed away recently, in October 2023, aged 87.

Carla Bley was a seminal figure in the free jazz movement of the 1960s and later a prolific composer of music for various ensembles including her own Big Band, which was a group of some of the finest players on the contemporary jazz scene. She was perhaps best known for her jazz opera Escalator over the Hill (released as a triple LP set), as well as a book of compositions that have been performed by many other artists, including Gary Burton, Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell, Art Farmer, Robert Wyatt, John Schofield, and her ex-husband Paul Bley.

Throughout her career, Bley thought of herself as a writer first, describing herself as 99 percent composer and one percent pianist. Early in her career a number of musicians began to record her compositions. George Russell recorded Bent Eagle for his album Stratusphunk in 1960, Jimmy Giuffre recorded Ictus on his album Thesis and Paul Bley's Barrage consisted entirely of her compositions. She arranged and composed music for bassist Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, and wrote A Genuine Tong Funeral for vibraphonist Gary Burton.

She also collaborated with a number of other artists, including Jack Bruce, Robert Wyatt, her husband bass player Steve Swallow and Nick Mason (drummer for the rock group Pink Floyd). In fact, Mason's solo debut album Nick Mason's Fictitious Sports was written entirely by Bley, and features, alongside Mason on drums, many of her regular band musicians, leading Brian Olewnick of AllMusic to consider it a Carla Bley album in all but name.

Carla Bley released around 30 solo albums many on her own independent label WATT, alongside numerous other collaborative records, continuing throughout her career to record frequently with her own big band (which included Lew Soloff from Blood, Sweat & Tears and famed UK saxophonist Andy Sheppard). She also worked with a number of smaller ensembles, notably the Lost Chords. In 2005, she arranged the music for and performed on Charlie Haden's latest Liberation Music Orchestra tour and recording, Not in Our Name and her last album, Life Goes On, was released in 2020.

https://uncoverliverpool.com/events/lijf-2024-liverpool-hope-university-big-band-performs-the-music-of-carla-bley/

Mark Jones (woodwind) has performed/supported multiple times in numerous, variety of music-based acts since the Capstone Theatre (Everton) was first constructed. From the likes of performing (on saxophone) with soul & country-rock act led songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Mark Delaney, to the free-flowing, adventures made in sound with the experimental, Merseyside Improvisers’ Orchestra (on flutes), Jones continues his ongoing support for locally maintaining youth music performance tutoring and assisting booked festival artists.

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Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead

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LISTEN TO TRACKS HERE: https://soundcloud.com/markjonesmusic/the-classics-live-at-coopers-bar

 

 

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https://makemusicday.co.uk/event/jazz-blues-open-mic/

“We would like to thank everyone involved and included in the world Make Music Day 2023 occasion, especially attendees, participants and staff members for being so nice at the event which was kindly hosted by the popular venue, Handyman’s Pub, in Wavertree!

It was quite the undertaking, but a fine blend of saxophone, flugelhorn vocalists and guitars stretching across jazz/blues elements really represented the meaning of MMD, the bedrock for anyone who was interested to get on the stage, into the limelight, and excellently show their artistry and panache, yesterday evening :) 

May live music from the people, continue on!” 

Mark Jones Music: 21/06/23

 

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THANKs to CURLY WOODWIND! Fantastically repaired a lovely, but ageing 1950s Conn tenor sax, that had been subject to passage of the of time and over usage - one of the top music shops out there to be easily found on Renshaw St, Liverpool, Merseyside: www.curlywoodwind.co.uk  (Jan 2023)

 

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MARK JONES MUSIC EVENTS WITH THE BLUECOAT (LIVERPOOL, UK) - REPAIRING LOST LINKS...the process continues:

https://www.thebluecoat.org.uk/cms/legacy/archive/Bluecoat_Arts/Publications/Season_Brochures/season_brochures/2014_winter.pdf (page 5, The Mindset Ensemble, Charity Event)

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Here is an excellent collection from Brighter Sound of their 'Classics & Experimental' competition results featuring various emerging artists, including Are You Here with ESKA with all details and audio links: 

https://www.brightersound.com/classics-and-experimental/?mc_cid=1126a83869&mc_eid=98bc2421be 

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There is now footage on display of O.K. - The Musical (held at Tate Liverpool 2017 performance) featuring brilliant Burnley-based actors, The Choir With No Name and local instrumental musicians (with Mark Jones on flute) such as Jon Hering (MD), Rory Ballantyne (Trumpet), Loaf (Guitar) amongst many other fantastic members that backed Christopher Kline's international play:

http://okthemusical.com/

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A lucky band we are!  Jazz Flute Big Band in the north-west are to appear in a special concert with the utterly brilliant flautist, Andy Panayi on 2nd December (2017):

http://www.andypanayi.co.uk/ap/

See event details above for more info.

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Having been chosen for ESKA's "Are You Here?" platform, Mark Jones (on flutes and guitar) joined a fantastic array of talent and thoughtful team musicians/visual artists, check out the link below for more info!

www.brightersound.com/picturepick-june2017/

https://www.rachelbywaterphotography.com/eska-are-you-here/#comment-9759

"Our eighth Artistic Directors Series, led by multi-instrumentalist ESKA and Cardboard Citizens‘ Adrian Jackson, came to a conclusion at the “Are You Here?” showcase performance at Band on the Wall. A fantastic evening of immersive performance from the 14 emerging artists!"

LIVE RECORDINGS: https://soundcloud.com/brightersound/sets/are-you-here

Mark Jones appears with brilliant fellow creative minds on the songs 'Behemoth 2' and 'Tib Street Dragon' performing with flute and guitar at Manchester's Band on the Wall.

Brighter Sound Footage, Artistic Directors Series 008: ESKA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFJOgYEcq48&t=16s 

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Mark Jones was on flute with a brilliant collection of fellow band musicians, and had a fantastic time performing in the excellent Liverpool Tate arts centre event, namely O.K. The Musical!

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On the 27th April, the Jazz Flute Big Band (Merseyside based) had the tremendous pleasure of taking part in a workshop led by the UK woodwind legend, Andrew Panayi! With Mark Jones (on alto flute) as one of the members amongst many, band leader Peter Westbrook and partipants have continued to help bring and sustain this creative approach to foreground of fresh ears:

https://www.media-match.com/uk/music/cv/PeterWestbrook  / 

http://www.andypanayi.co.uk/ap/

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Not so long ago, Mark Jones took part as a member of the Merseyside Improvisors' Orchestra for the arts funded, Open Circuits Festival 2017 (University of Liverpool) concert, you can read more about what happened back then and stay tuned for more links!  http://www.iccat.uk/media/OpenCircuit2017.pdf

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This year The Mindset Ensemble were chosen to perform Mark Jones' commissioned composition 'City Sites' (with Laura Spark's visual artwork) as a part of Liverpool Lightnight 2016 on May 13th at the local Nordic Church!

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A successful launch of The Mindset Ensemble at the Bluecoat was brilliant concert and raised £206 for the Cancer Research UK charity with the gripping, original compositions of Mark Jones!

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Mark is taking a much needed sabbatical from music making in Liverpool and will be back performing again in early 2014!

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A review by Seven Streets of Wirral Festival of Firsts, an event Mark took part in earlier this year (2013):
http://www.sevenstreets.com/23710/really-new-music-wirral-festival-of-firsts/

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A brilliant gig and recording of the Mark Jones Trio performance this year at the Liverpool Bluecoat, playing his original jazz blues compositions: https://soundcloud.com/markjonesmusic/mark-jones-trio-the-bluecoat-1

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Liverpool gig reviews covering central creative groups and venues!

https://markjonesmusic.wordpress.com/

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