Thame Snooker Club -
Took Place on
Wed 11th July Gig-25
St Andrews Court
The Mark Allaway Quartet - (Triessence)
- Alto - Tenor Saxophones
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from Ongar Essex.
Born into a musical family, Mark started performing
professionally as a young teenager.
During his time
at the Guildhall School of Music, Mark was also able to develop his
compositional and arranging skills. This lead to the composition of a score for
the play 'Singular Women' by Stewart Permutt [performed in London's West End]
and to a commission for BBC Music Live Day. Mark also wrote a large amount of
material for the contemporary classical group Quadraphonic which appears on
their first CD release. He now continues to write for various media outlets as
well as for more artistic projects.
saxophone playing can be heard on the theme tune to BBC's Animal Hospital as
well as various other film and television soundtracks.
'The core of this album is a clutch of brilliantly melodic
original tunes.' The Birmingham Post
'Mark Allaway is surely a name to watch. His improvisations imply a warm melodic
line; in fact he is one of those rarities who can play a theme almost straight,
yet it's still jazz!' Brian Davis
fresh generation of jazz musicians is springing up for the 1990s.
The Allaway Quartet epitomise the strength of this new
After graduating from the Guildhall School of Music
in London where he received expert tuition from Jean Toussaint [ex Art Blakey]
and British jazz legend Don Rendell,
studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Mark was invited to tour Europe with the
internationally renowned saxophone quartet Itchy Fingers
by Brass Jaw)
playing opposite many top American artists
including David Sanborn, Cecil Taylor, Bob Berg and Chick Corea. The tour
incorporated most of the major European Jazz festivals - Stockholm, Vienna,
Lugano, Leipzig and Frankfurt.
Quartet band was formed in 1991, shortly after I finished a European tour with
'Itchy Fingers',. He has recorded with the London Jazz Orchestra.
He has worked in
various musical styles from the music of the 1930’s through to contemporary pop
sounds and beyond. Mark has worked alongside various artists including Shirley
Bassey, Helen Shapiro, Michelle Hendricks and Salena Jones, and has written and
produced two albums under his own name ‘Samizdat’ and ‘When Time Stops’.
Nick Tomalin - Composer and Pianist
Nick is a graduate of Leeds
College of Music and
in 1993 completed the post-graduate course in Jazz at the Guildhall School of
Music and Drama. Since then he has been working as a freelance musician and
music teacher in London. He has worked in many of the
most prestigious UK musical venues performing with his own ensembles and as part
of other musicians projects. He is a long standing member of The John Bennet Big
Band and has worked regularly with many leading jazz musicians including Jim
Mullen, Don Weller and Stan Sulzman. He regularly leads jazz education workshops
introducing children and young adults to the art of improvisation
performed at many prestigious jazz venues, both with his own band and as part of
other projects. He is a long standing member of The John Bennett Big Band. He
has also played with some of the country's leading jazz musicians including Jim
Mullen, Don Weller and Alan Barnes.
Howles - Bass
to prominence with the Tommy Chase quartet in 1990 since when he has
played with many top names including Stan Sultzmann, Alan Skidmore,
Christine Tobin and Clark Tracey. After
graduating from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama Dominic came to
prominence as a member of the Tommy Chase Quartet. He has now worked
with many major jazz names including Stan Sulzmann, Alan Skidmore and
One of the most in demand jazz drummers working in
He has worked extensively with Charlie Byrd,
The BBC Radio Big band and The Syd Lawrence Orchestra and has made
several television appearances.
His unique style fuses various influences
from early jazz to the most cotemporary of Jazz Scores
We were treated with a fine live performance of the Triessence new Album which
was a most worthy tribute to the cerebral and pensive music of Bill Evans
C Minor Blues Chase
Letter to Evan
Day's of Wine and Roses - Mercer/Mancini
Catch the Wind
A Simple Matter of Conviction
Encore - Blues for Joe - Mark Allaway - one of his own Compositions at Jazz
Mark also found time to give a jazz rendition of 'Happy Birthday' - for Joyce
Baker who was celebrating a very special day in that week.
just recently released a CD with his new group 'Triessence' entitled
'Catch The Wind' which is a tribute to the compositions of Bill Evans.
'Triessence' features Mark on saxophones, Nick Tomalin piano and Dominic
Howles bass. Can be found at the home of our record label
probably the most influential pianist of modern times
used his varied compositional skills to showcase his unique talent.
Triessence has taken eleven of these compositions as vehicles for their
own trio format of piano, bass and saxophone.
Some of the pieces included have rarely been recorded others have had
more attention, but as a whole they provide a spectrum of Evans work.
Although there has been no effort made to recreate any of Bill Evans
recordings of these compositions, the performances are full and rich in
his musical spirit.
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