Mark has been working with renowned musician and producer Geoff Gascoyne on a set of sophisticated reinterpretations of 20th century standards from writers as diverse as Cole Porter and Randy Newman. Geoff says, “Mark’s unaffected tone, warm sound and restrained emotionalism complement the arrangements beautifully.”
The arrangements encompass energetic swing and soulful balladry while embracing a range of styles from gospel and hip hop to bossa nova and even Motown-inflected pop. Coolly updated show tunes rub shoulders with radically altered 60s pop favourites.
I love talking about music – in that way that is really boring for people who don't share your particular enthusiasms but, just occasionally, will make you the instant friend of a complete stranger.
Since it's my website I can bang on about whatever I like so I thought I'd start by talking about some of the songs on Everybody Says Don’t - about where they come from and why I like them and, maybe, why we played them the way we did. After that, who knows, I might just ramble about whatever takes my musical fancy…
The album launch for Everybody Says Don't features Rob Barron (piano), Geoff Gascoyne (bass), Sebastiaan de Krom (drums), Martin Shaw (trumpet) and Josephine Davies (sax).
Tuesday 16th Sep 2014, 8.00pm
St James Studio - 12 Palace Street, London SW1E 5JA.
Book online at St James Studio or telephone 0844 264 2140.
“Soulful and exuberant” (Time Out) vocalist Mark Jennett has been a regular on the London jazz scene for several years with appearances at Ronnie Scott's, the Vortex (“regulars lapped it up” – Evening Standard) and other leading venues. He has performed throughout the UK with his own trio, and makes appearances with a number of big band. He also performs regularly with fellow singer Carol Grimes.