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