The Mark Jennett Quartet 'Bacharach and Beyond'

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Last Show: Sunday 9 th July 2023

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Join Mark Jennett and his world-class musicians for an afternoon of vocal jazz celebrating the genius of Burt Bacharach.  With sparkling arrangements by Geoff Gascoyne and Chris Lee, expect familiar songs as you’ve never heard them before as well as a few surprises. Bacharach’s songbook is immense and Mark and his band will be drawing on all aspects of his output, including film and theatre songs as well as his classic hits from the 60s featuring the matchless lyrics of Hal David.

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“Mark Jennett is a singer who understands and immerses himself in the stories the songs are telling."

Bacharach’s songs are both beautiful and incredibly sophisticated which makes them challenging and inspiring for singers and instrumentalists alike.  Add to that the extraordinary storytelling abilities of his greatest lyricist, Hal David, and you have something as close to perfection as we are ever likely to hear in popular music.

Alongside some of their greatest songs, tonight’s gig will feature tunes by Bacharach’s contemporaries and earlier composers who influenced his style.  

Jennett is known for his ability to combine technical skill with heartfelt interpretation of a lyric.  Check out the video of Mark and pianist Chris Lee performing their take on the Bacharach and David classic ‘Do You Know The Way To San Jose’.

“A clear yet soulful voice, a refreshingly unfussy style and a knack for telling a story in his songs.” – The Scotsman

“Refreshingly original in his treatment of the great American songbook, Jennett improvises in a manner that brings to mind Mark Murphy” - Jazz Rag.

Band Line Up

Chris Lee (piano)

Geoff Gascoyne (bass)

Tristan Mailliot (drums)