Mark EdwardsSat 11th Feb, 7.30pm
- Mark Edwards piano
- James Osler guitar
- Rhys Lovell bass
Mark Edwards is stopping in to play Der Bunglehoff with musicians James Osler and Rhys Lovell in a newly formed acoustic & electric trio. Come on over and let’s shake out January with a great night of music, from classical and jazz interpretations to original, experimental compositions from Mark, James and Rhys.
On the Jazz Scene, Mark has worked with many top UK and US names, including Johhny Dankworth, Bobby Wellins, Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski, Kirk Whalum , Don Weller, Eddie Henderson, Alan Barnes, Clark Tracey, Liane Carroll, Claire Martin, and Bryan Spring amongst other notables; performing at such prestigious festivals as Montreux, the North Sea Jazz Festival, Mount Fuji Jazz festival Japan, Singapore Jazz festival and Montreal Jazz Festival. He has appeared at many noted European and American jazz venues including ‘the bottom line’ New York, The Blue Note Milan, New Morning Club Paris, Ronnie Scott’s London and now (dare I say it) one of the UK’s finest tiny venues, Der Bunglehoff Hove.
Mark has toured the world extensively, performing in Japan, USA, Canada, Australia, Russia, Singapore and South Africa. His ‘pop’ resume includes Paul Weller, Roddy Frame, Aztec Camera, Marc Almond, Dave Stewart, Chris Rea, Daryl Hall, Incognito, Duke Special, KT Tunstall, Jo Harman, the Waterboys, The magic Numbers and Adrian Utley (Portishead).
As an artist, Mark has several albums to his own name including “In Deep” produced by 4 times Grammy Nominated/Brit award winning Producer James McMillan, and most recently “Sawdust and Spangles” featuring his eclectic project “The Cloggz”.
More than all of this, Mark has somehow found time to produce more than 200 albums for a whole range of record labels and artists across very many genres including the likes of noted blues/soul/jazz fuelled artists such as Beth Rowley, Carleen Anderson (featuring Paul Weller), Terry Callier and Paul Jones (Manfred Mann, Blues Band etc) as well as Opera/crossover notables such as Jonathan Veira, Amy Dixon, and most Recently Katharine Jenkins – with most other genres in between – gospel, country, children’s records, soundtracks, and feature films included; even once playing and appearing in Oscar winning Feature film, ‘An Education’.
My career as a musician started after I completed a BA Hons in Jazz Performance at Middlesex University in 2014, where I was taught guitar by the great guitarist and educator Stuart Hall and Chris Montague. I worked full time as a gigging and performing Jazz Guitarist playing at events, festivals and venues in various bands and projects all around the country. I currently play as a guitarist and pianist in up and coming Welsh band Samana and as a guitarist in multi disciplinary Jazz ensemble ‘The Cloggz’, led by pianist Mark Edwards.
Pillow is an ensemble I first began writing for in beginning of 2018. My intention was to create a small string ensemble comprising of; Violin, Cello, Double Bass and Guitar/Piano, which would play all original music combining the styles of Contemporary Classical/Non-classical, Neo-Impressionist, Jazz and Folk music. Off the back of the time and space the pandemic gave, I came up with concept of ‘The Golden Hour’, music dedicated to my favoured time of the year, Autumn. I have been working on it ever since.
Rhys is an exceptionally versatile electric and double bass player who has forged a career spanning everything from classical and theatre to contemporary jazz and pop. He has been an in-demand bassist for the past 15 years and has toured the USA, Europe, Middle East and the UK on many occasions. He has worked with acts as diverse as James Hunter, Mc Neat and The Miserable Rich as well as recording on over 30 albums.
His versatility is reflected in the projects he’s currently involved with. These include the James Hunter Six, mini pop orchestra Stompys Playground, contemporary Lebanese violinist Layale Chakar, West African highlife group the Yung Afrika Pioneers, country/folk singer Naomi Bedford, swing/jive band Flash Mob Jazz and house bassist for West End Live Lounge to name but a few. He also runs two of his own projects, experimental jazz trio Deep Sea Fitness Club and The Nuevo Tango Quintet which performs the music of Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla.
Rhys grew up in Southampton before moving to Brighton to attend the Brighton Institute of Modern Music in 2004. He started his professional career soon after, first as an electric bassist playing in rock, soul and pop bands and then switching his attention to the double bass where he began to work more with jazz, folk and world music. In 2008 he joined The Miserable Rich with whom he recorded three albums and toured with extensively for four years throughout Europe and the UK. He continued working predominantly a jazz musician in Brighton until moving to London in 2016 to complete a scholarship MA at the Royal Academy of Music in Jazz and Composition.