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Welcome to the website of trombonist/composer/arranger Mark Nightingale.
Mark is an internationally acclaimed jazz soloist, highly respected writer, and one of the UK’s most in demand studio musicians.

Style and sparkling invention delivered with an extraordinary degree of technical accomplishment.

— Keith Howell, Jazz International Magazine

You can contact him via his “Contact Me” page on this website.

My Music

You can find my music at Warwick Music
(click on the logo below).

Just some of the artists Mark has played or recorded with…

Jazz

Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton, Clark Terry, James Morrison, Slide Hampton, Conte Candoli, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Kenny Wheeler, Dado Moroni, Carl Fontana, Jiggs Whigham, Claire Martin, Andy Panayi, Scott Hamilton, Nigel Hitchcock, Laurence Cottle, Ken Poplowski, Clark Tracey, Alan Barnes, John Surman, Stan Tracey, Lee Konitz, George Shearing, Mike Gibbs, Georgie Fame, Bill Holman, Wycliffe Gordon, Mike Davies, Charlie Watts, Bill Frisell, Bob Florence, Peter King, Warren Vache, BBC Big Band, WDR Big Band, NDR Big Band, Colin Towns Mask Orchestra, Louie Bellson,

Pop

Steely Dan, Sting, Kylie Minogue, Cher, Robbie Williams, Tom Jones, Tina Turner, Take That, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Westlife, Pet Shop Boys, Blur, McFly, Wet Wet Wet, The Spice Girls, Elton John,

Other

Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini, Michel Le Grand, London Brass, New Trombone Collective, Tony Bennet, Peggy Lee, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Julie Andrews, James Galway, London Sinfonietta, London Brass Virtuosi, Reg Vardy Band,

Bands/Services

Mark performs as a soloist and in several groups and bands including:- The Mark Nightingale Quintet, The Mark Nightingale Big Band, The Sound of J&K, The Andy Panayi Quartet.
Mark also provides bespoke arrangements and undertakes Writing Commissions.

The Mark Nightingale Quintet

Multi-award winning jazz trombonist Mark Nightingale has assembled a quintet of the highest pedigree to play music that both stimulates the brain and warms the soul. This band never fails to delight audiences with its own intricate blend of jazz-funk originals, all composed by the musicians themselves.

A fine-crafted set of in-the-pocket jazz funk originals
Mike Hobart, Financial Times

Nightingale’s dextrous yet earthy tones are complimented in the front line by the virtuosity and raw excitement of Nigel Hitchcock’s world-renowned alto saxophone. Rock-solid grooves and yet more inventive solos are provided by the powerhouse rhythm section of Graham Harvey on Fender Rhodes, Laurence Cottle on electric bass and Ian Thomas on drums. These guys are all at the top of their individual trees, and together form a formidable musical force.

Ablum cover image of "Outof the box" by the Mark Nightingale Quintet
The quintet’s debut CD, “Out Of The Box”, was released in 2010 on the Woodville Records label, and is available at woodvillerecords.com

The Mark Nightingale Big Band

Comprised of the absolute cream of the UK’s jazz and studio musicians, the Mark Nightingale Big Band is an incredibly tight, exciting combination that will have you on the edge of your seat! The band is fronted by Mark and plays his own compositions as well as arrangements of standards.

It was THE gig of the festival, – I could have sold 3 times as many tickets, we were turning people away for weeks
Ian Darrington, Director Wigan International Jazz Festival

The Sound of J&K

This line-up is reminiscent of the fabulous swinging ‘Jay and Kai’ groups of the 1950’s and 60’s.

It was such a treat to hear two of the UK’s best trombonists, play in the style of the classic J&K band. The harmonies and counter melodies were brilliant and the solos very exciting – there’s an obvious synergy in the band too. Well worth booking!
Ian Pennicott, Director Teignmouth Jazz Festival

It features Mark Nightingale and Alistair White, two of the major forces in British jazz trombone playing today, supported and complimented by an all-star rhythm section. Repertoire includes some J&K classics as well as other standards and originals given the uniquely refreshing and appealing two-trombone treatment. It’s a jazz trombone tour-de-force that will have your toes tapping and your face smiling!

The Andy Panayi Quartet

This long-standing group featuring Andy Panayi (saxes,flute), Mark Nightingale (trombone), Simon Woolf (bass) and Steve Brown (drums)
continues to delight audiences and push the boundaries of the pianoless quartet.

It would be impossible to find four more polished players on today’s London jazz scene and, crucially, four who play together with such relaxed empathy
Dave Gelly, The Observer.

Being blessed with three strong composers they naturally have a wealth of original material, but the band can also draw upon the majority of the original Gerry Mulligan Quartet repertoire and great tunes by other jazz composers of the era.
The quartet has many CDs out on various labels. The 2 most recent (‘News from Blueport’ and ‘The Solar Cats’) are available at woodvillerecords.com

Bespoke Groups

The above are all working combinations, but if there’s something special you’d like it’s not a problem! In the past Mark has been asked to form various one-off groups with a variety of players, resulting in some memorable musical occasions. So why not team up Mark with some of your own favourite musicians? Material can be arranged for most sizes of group, and all suggestions welcome.

Guest Soloist

People often want to feature the Mark Nightingale trombone sound with their own big band or group. Mark has a library of big band features available to mail out so they can be used at rehearsals prior to a concert as guest soloist. He is also happy to fit in with the band’s own repertoire if desired, take a rehearsal, or work closely with individual sections. This flexibility and willingness to ‘get stuck-in’ has proved particularly popular with student bands.

Writing Commissions

If you would like your own Mark Nightingale composition or arrangement please contact Mark using the contact form on the “Contact Me” page.

Composing/Arranging

Mark’s composition and arranging skills have blossomed and flourished since the early days of writing big band charts whilst in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Nowadays he is regularly called upon by his fellow professionals on all instruments and in many different genres to write tailor-made features for them. As well as individuals he has also received specialist commissions from groups such as LSO Brass, The New Trombone Collective, London Brass and a wide variety of big bands Europe-wide. Mark’s compositions have been featured at International Trombone Festivals across the world, and also a great deal with the BBC Big Band, with whom he has occasionally been a guest conductor over the years. Cleo Laine was so taken with his composition ‘Just Once More’ that she put lyrics to it and recorded it live at Carnegie Hall.

Mark has had a long association with Warwick Music Ltd since their inception in the 1990’s. He now has a catalogue of study material and concert pieces for players of all standards on various instruments. His study book ‘Easy Jazzy Tudes’ has been the company’s best seller for many years and continues to attract glowing reports from tutors up and down the country. Many of Mark’s pieces and studies have been taken up by the music examination boards (ABRSM, Trinity and Guildhall) for use in their syllabi, bringing them to a wide audience of instrumentalists of all ages.

In other fields Mark has written commercially for various CDs and written music for all sorts of groups from saxophone quartet to chamber orchestra.

Discography

Discography

Artist Title Of Album Record Label Catalogue Number
Alan Barnes A Dotty Blues Zephyr Records ZECD26
Alan Barnes The Sherlock Holmes Suite Woodville Records WVCD103
Alan Barnes All Stars The Marbella Jazz Suite Big Bear Records BEARCD44
Alan Barnes/Alan Plater Seven Ages Of Jazz Woodville Records WVCD114
Alan Barnes/Alan Plater Songs For Unsung Heroes Woodville Records WVCD106
Alec & John Dankworth Generation Band Nebuchadnezzar Ronnie Scott’s Jazz House JHCD029
Allan Ganley Jazz Legacy June Time Vocalion CDSML8454
Andy Panayi Time Displaced Mainstem MSTCD0028
Andy Panayi Quartet The Solar Cats Woodville Records WVCD126
Andy Panayi Quartet News From Blueport Woodville Records WVCD109
Andy Panayi Quartet Blown Away Ronnie Scott’s Jazz House JHCD057
Ben Crossland Brass Group An Open Place Jazz Cat JCCD114
Bone Supremacy Introducing The Bone Supremacy Lake Records LACD283
Bonestructure Bonestructure Calligraph Records CLGCD020
Charlie Watts Tentet Watts At Scott’s Black Box BBJ3000
Claire Martin A Modern Art Linn Records AKD340
Claire Martin Off Beat Linn Records AKD046
Claire Martin Old Boyfriends Linn Records AKD028
Clark Terry Remember The Time Mons Records MR874-762
Clark Tracey Sextet Full Speed Sideways 33 Records 33JAZZ018
Dankworth Big Band Live At Ronnie Scotts Sepia RSCD2015
Dave O’Higgins Push Shortfuse Records FUSECD002
Dave O’Higgins Biggish Band Big Shake Up Candid Productions BCCD79208
Esther Miller Dream Dancing Tristan Records EMTR0106
Fat Chops Big Band/Mark Nightingale A Nightingale Sang Fat Chops FC02
Georgie Fame Georgie Fame And The Birthday Band Three Line Whip TLW007
Hans Koller “Cry, Want” PSI Records PSI 10.08
James Galway Un-Break My Heart RCA Victor 09026-63553-2
James Galway Tango Del Fuego RCA Victor 09026-63422-2
James Morrison Live In Paris Warner Music Australia 4509992602
John Dankworth Quintet In A Mellow Tone qnote records QNT10109
John Dankworth Quintet JD5 qnote records QNT10101
John Warren Following On Fuzzy Moon Records FUZ004
John Warren Finally Beginning Fuzzy Moon Records FUZ002
John Wilson Orchestra Dance Date Vocalion CDSA6812
John Wilson Orchestra Moonlight Becomes You Vocalion CDSA6808
John Wilson Orchestra Soft Lights & Sweet Music Vocalion CDSA6803
Kelvin Christiane Piper At The Pearly Gates Kelvin Christiane KC016
Kenny Wheeler A Long Time Ago ECM ECM1691
London Brass I Got Rhythm Teldec 2292-46444-2
London Trombone Quartet Some Of Our Best Friends ASC Records ASCCD11
Mark Nightingale Out Of The Box Woodville Records WVCD129
Mark Nightingale Destiny Mons Records MR874-793
Mark Nightingale What I Wanted To Say Mons Records MR874-763
Michael Davies Absolute Trombone 2 Hip-Bone Music M107
New trombone Collective New Etcetera KTC1353
Newton/Tracey Band Bootleg Eric ASC Records ASCCD23
Northern Brass Kicking Mixing Jazz Action JA06
Ray Guntrip/Tina May Out Of The Blue Rayguntripmusic.com CD1478
Reg Vardy Band Cool b+h sforza SFZ132
Sandvika Storband Lining Up Sandvika Storband SSCD5
Scott Hamilton Our Delight Woodville Records WVCD113
Sedajazz Octet Looking Back Sedajazz Records SJ010
Stan Tracey Octet The Later Works Resteamed RSJ109
Steve Waterman Our Delight Mainstem MSTCD0041
Steve Waterman Stablemates Mainstem MSTCD0035
The Rath Pack Live In London Woodville Records WVCD105
Thilo Berg Big Band Carnival Of Life Mons Records CD1887
Tommy Whittle The Tenor Connection Spotlite SPJ579-CD
Trinity College Big Band Porgy & Bess Trinity TRI1003

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