Mark Jennett

A 60s Songbook

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Last Show: Thursday 25 th October 2018

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

When it comes to diversity in popular music, the 1960's were king.  The likes of Bacharach & David, Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman and Laura Nyro reinvented the Great American Songbook, while jazz hipsters such as Bob Dorough and Tommy Wolf continued to pen new standards. Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen gave Sinatra a much-needed boost, returning him to the charts, and Antônio Carlos Jobim popularised the sounds of Latin America.  Returning to the Pheasantry, Mark Jennett and his trio celebrate the music of this golden decade, with fresh interpretations of all these and more in a programme of songs both familiar and less well-known. 

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“He has that very rare ability to make a song you know still touch your heart and seem to reveal itself in a new light.” –

"Sparkles with energy ... beautifully performed. Great songs interpreted with style. Jennett is a singer who understands and immerses himself in the stories the songs are telling." -

“A fresh voice that grabs your attention … a singer who makes things he approaches matter.  This is a stylist to watch for” - Cadence Magazine

"Soulful and exuberant" (Time Out) jazz vocalist Mark Jennett has been a regular on the London and London jazz scene for several years with appearances at Ronnie Scott’s, Crazy Coqs, Pizza Express Soho, the Vortex (“regulars lapped it up” – Evening Standard) and other leading venues.

Mark has received glowing reviews for his interpretations of 20th century standards by a diverse range of songwriters.  With sophisticated arrangements by long-time collaborator Geoff Gascoyne (whose credits include Michel Legrand, Georgie Fame, Bob Dorough, Dianne Reeves and Jamie Cullum) he breathes new life into familiar tunes and lesser known songs.  As adept at energetic swing as he is at lyrical balladry, he embraces a wide range of styles from gospel to bossa nova and sophisticated jazz-pop.  BBC Jazz Award winner Anita Wardell described him as “a unique story teller.  Regardless of genre, his interpretation is always fresh, new and exciting.  Wonderful, compelling listening." 

Jazzwise magazine described his last album, ‘Everybody Says Don’t’ (Jazzizit), as “hugely enjoyable” and Jazz Rag praised his ability to “improvise in a manner that brings to mind Mark Murphy.”   

He is accompanied tonight a world class trio including Chris Lee (piano), Dave Whitford (bass) and Emiliano Caroselli (drums)

Chris Lee (piano)

Dave Whitford (bass)

Emiliano Caroselli (drums)