Heads Up

Mark Kavuma

Part of EFG London Jazz Festival 2018

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Born and raised in Uganda, Mark Kavuma is a key young trumpet player on the British jazz scene. He leads his own band, as well as playing with Jean Toussaint's Young Lions, Jazz Jamaica and Nu Civilisation Orchestra. Mark is a driving force of the dynamic, young London jazz scene. His debut album, 'Kavuma' (Ubuntu Music), is a London - New York collective of exceptional artists who deliver soulful jazz. Their purpose is to get people to dance, by feeling the music's heart and soul. 'Kavuma' is all about bringing people a good time, which they will do in a very big way at PizzaExpress!

‘HeadsUp’ is a new seies of shows presenting the most exciting new bands on the London jazz scene. Binker Golding, Cherise Adams-Burnett, PYJAEN and Tomorrow's Warriors are among the artists to already have appeared under this banner. 

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“Full of joy, soul and swagger.” Downbeat Magazine

“He always finds endless ways of delivering the unexpected.” London Jazz News

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Born and partly raised in Uganda, Mark Kavuma is a prominent young trumpet player on the British jazz scene. He leads his own quartet, the 'Floor Rippers' house band, along with his main outfit, 'The Banger Factory'. Mark also plays with Jean Toussaint's Young Lions, Jazz Jamaica and Nu Civilisation Orchestra. 

In 2012 Mark was featured as Guest soloist with Wynton Marsalis and New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra, having been voted best soloist at the very first 'Essentially Ellington' competition in the UK. Then, 2013 saw Mark involved in the National Theatre's production of the Amen Corner, where he had the opportunity to play with the great Mulatu Astatke. Mark also was awarded a support slot with Wayne Shorter at the Barbican (London Jazz Festival). Mark co-leads a group with Ruben Fox (sax) and is also featured on trumpet in the 'El Train', Hoxton Hall (directed by Sam Yates and Ruth Wilson). In 2014 Mark toured the world featuring in Peter Brooke's production of 'The Suit' and in 2015 he went on the road with the legendary Salif Keita and Les Ambassaduers.

In 2016, Mark had another opportunity to play as guest soloist with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra, performing the Gershwin songbook at the Barbican, before resuming his studies at Trinity College of Music. Mark featured in Hoagy B Carmichael's production of 'This Joint Is Jumpin'’ at the Other Palace Theatre (2017) before starting to work on his debut album, ‘Kavuma’, which was released on Ubuntu Music in summer 2018 to worldwide critical acclaim. 

http://www.markkavuma.com/

Band Lineup

Mark Kavuma (trumpet)

Mussinghi B Edwards (sax)

Artie Zeitz (guitar & organ)

David Mrakpor (vibes)

Michael Shrimpling (bass)

Will Cleasby (drums)

PLUS Special Guests to be announced