Andra Sparks Jazz Singer and Vocal Coach - My Quintet
MARK LOCKHEART - SAXES Mark is acknowledged as one of the most distinctive saxaphone voices in the UK today. He came to prominence in the mid 80s with 'Loose Tubes' and after recording with various small groups, formed his own group in 1989. He formed Perfect Houseplants with Huw Warren and Dudley Phillips in 1991. As well as working with Robert Wyatt, Jah Wobble and Prefab Sprout, Mark is a prolific composer with groups and commissions including his own group 'The Scratch Band'. Mark is the recipient of many composition commissions and plays with guitarist John Parricelli, Django Bates' Delightful Precipice and Seb Rochford's Polar Bear.
RUSSELL VAN DEN BERG - SAXES Russell started originally on the clariet and studied at Leeds. He won the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Award for three consecutive years for composition and band leading - and cites Mark Lockheart, Tim Garland, Mike Walker and Kenny Wheeler as some of his major influences. While at the Guildhall Postgraduate course he won the BBC Radio 2 Big Band Soloist Award and has continued winning national competitions since. Russell has played with Carla Bley, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann and Phil Woods. He composes for both classical and jazz ensembles and has been part of many other groups: Lawrence Cottle, Steve Waternam and Clark Tracey's Quintets, Londond Jazz Orchestra and the Kenny Wheeler Sextet. His own projects have included players such as John Parricelle, Henry Lowther, Mike Walker, Time Giles, Robin Aspland, Phil Peskett and others. He has three solo project albums. Russell is a Professor of Jazz Studies at Trinity College and the Royal Academy.