• Celebrating Brit Jazz

    8 Nov 2005, 15:08 by SoloBassSteve

    never let it be said that Britain doesn't have a vibrant and burgeoning jazz scene.

    Mark Lockheart is one of the busiest and most respected sax players in the country, and for his current tour he's assembled a fantastic group featuring four marvellous saxophonists with a killer rhythm section. It's pretty rare to see four sax players in a contemporary jazz setting in the UK - it's not often that anyone can afford to take that kind of project on the road, but Mark has managed it.

    Due to my having a gig on the same night, I wasn't able to make it to the London gig next thursday, so I headed out to Oxford to see 'Mark Lockheart's Big Idea' play at The Spin, a weekly jazz gig at The Wheatsheaf in Oxford. I'd heard a lot about the gig from friends who'd played there, so was looking forward to checking out the venue too.

    The gig was fantastic - playing mainly music from Mark's latest album Moving Air, with Mark, Julian Siegel , Steve Buckley and Rob Townsend on saxes and bass clarinets…