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Tuesday 30 September / Dydd Mawrth 30 Medi
What better way could there be to kick off the autumn season of concerts in Llay than with one of the great British tenor saxophonists and international jazz stars,
The driving force behind the outstanding “New Jazz Couriers”, a tribute to Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes’ famous band from the 1950s which he co-led with the late Martin Drew on drums, Mornington's career was effectively launched when he joined the Jim Mullen Quartet to great acclaim in 1989. He was then invited to lead his own quartet at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, and toured the world with the Ronnie Scott Quintet in the early 1990s.
In 1995 Mornington performed in concert with Cuban trumpet star, Arturo Sandoval at the Barbican Hall, and as a result was asked to rejoin the group for part of their UK tour, and in 2001 he performed for a week at the Jazz Café in London with US blues Hammond organ legend Jimmy Smith. He then worked with Jimmy on all his subsequent visits to the UK and toured Europe extensively with the band in the summer of 2004.
Other career highlights include a collaboration with the multi-award-winning Hungarian pianist Béla Szakcsi Lakatos and his trio, which featured, on one occasion, legendary US drummer Jack De Johnette; working with British pianist Stan Tracey for a recreation of the iconic 1965 ‘Under Milk Wood’ suite; a concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall celebrating the centenary of the birth of Duke Ellington; and a performance of Ellington’s ‘Sacred Music’ at a packed St. Paul’s Cathedral in 2006 as part of Stan Tracey's 80th birthday celebrations. Mornington also appeared with Stan at the 2009 Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Meanwhile, between 2000 and 2010, the “New Jazz Couriers” released four critically acclaimed albums, won the 2002 British Jazz Award for Best Small Group and, in 2005, was joined by the Swiss trumpet virtuoso Franco Ambrosetti for an extensive UK tour.
A regular member of the renowned 3 Tenors band with Art Themen and Don Weller and co-leader of a stellar quintet with Peter King, Mornington has also played with Don Grusin, Martin Drew, Claire Martin, Sarah Jane Morris, Jon Hendricks,
Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Dave Weckl, Jon Faddis, Georgie Fame and many more.
Joining Mornington Lockett for this performance will be a guitar-led quartet featuring Wales' foremost jazz guitarist, Trefor Owen. Trefor has worked extensively in the UK and the US, as both a performing jazz guitarist and educator, performing with many jazz greats including Jim Hall, Jimmy Bruno, Harry Allen and Warren Vache to name just a few. The quartet is completed by Andy Hulme (guitar), Frank Grime (bass), and Andy Bold (drums).