The Mark Wade Trio Featuring Marco Marconi

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Last Show: Thursday 23 rd February 2023

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Critically acclaimed New York bassist/composer Mark Wade makes his debut appearance at Pizza Express featuring the dynamic London based pianist Marco Marconi. Voted one of the top bassists of the year five of the last six years by the prestigious Downbeat Magazine Reader’s Poll, Wade performs with a musical virtuosity that has led him to be named “one of the preeminent musicians of his generation” by UK Vibe. Wade will be joined by tour de force pianist Marco Marconi and drummer Joel Barford, both fixtures of the London jazz scene. 

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“Mark Wade has advanced the art of jazz composition.”

Downbeat Magazine

Modern jazz composer and bassist Mark Wade is open to appreciating and co-creating great music in all its forms. Like Keith Jarrett, Wynton Marsalis and Esperanza Spaulding, he’s not limited by genre. His fourth album shows the breadth of his musicality and inventive compositional style. Called "a living work of modern art" by Downbeat Magazine, the original tracks found on his 2022 album True Stories were inspired by a wide range of influences, drawing on themes from composers such as Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and Igor Stravinsky. The result is a unique expression of jazz linking past to present.

Wade’s critical successes have led to him being named one of the top bassists of the year for five of the last six years in the Downbeat Magazine Reader’s Poll. He gained international recognition for his trio with the 2015 recording Event Horizon on Edition 46 Records and the 2018 follow up Moving Day on AMP Music & Records. In 2020 he launched a unique solo project - a visual album. Debuted online from the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music in Durban, South Africa, Songs from Isolation was released worldwide on AMP Music & Records. It features acoustic and electric bass and the plethora of sounds those instruments can create. The tunes are accompanied by music videos created by the bassist. That sonic and technological exploration was a fascinating prelude to his next project. True Stories is a modern jazz compendium inspired by a lifetime of listening – a leap forward fueled by looking back.

Wade has been an active part of the NYC music scene for the past 25 years. He has performed at such storied venues as Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Blue Note, The Iridium and Birdland. He is a former artist in residence at Flushing Town Hall and tours in North America and Europe. He has played with jazz notables James Spaulding, Eddie Palmieri, Conrad Herwig, Harry Whitaker, Stacey Kent, Peter Eldridge, Don Byron and Jimmy Heath, and is a member of the Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra. On the classical side, he has appeared with the Key West Symphony featuring Grammy Award winners Sharon Isbin and Robert McDuffie, Orchestra of the S.E.M./Janacek Philharmonic (Czech Republic) at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, as well as Orchestra of the Bronx, Bronx Opera, DiCapo Opera and Light Opera of New York.

Band Line Up

Marco Marconi (piano)

Mark Wade (bass)

Joel Barford (drums)