Saxophonist and composer MARK LOCKHEART first came to prominence in the mid 1980s with the influential big band Loose Tubes. Mark co-led the quartet Perfect Houseplants, a group that released six albums. The mid-90s saw Mark recording and performing with many jazz, folk and pop artists including Django Bates, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, June Tabor, Stereolab, Jah Wobble, Robert Wyatt, Prefab Sprout, Don Um Romao, Thomas Dolby, Anja Garbarek and Radiohead.
His debut CD was ‘Through Rose-Coloured Glasses,’ released in 1998 to critical acclaim. In 2003 he joined Seb Rochford’s Polar Bear, which recorded five ground-breaking albums. In 2005, Mark released ‘Moving Air’ featuring John Parricelli, Martin France and Mark’s multi-tracked reeds. In 2007 he was a featured soloist (along with John Pattitucci and Gwilym Simcock) in Mark Anthony Turnage’s ‘About Water,’ which was premiered on the Southbank in June 2007. In 2009 Mark’s quintet album ‘In Deep’ was released to critical acclaim – the Manchester Evening News said it was ‘the key record of the second golden age of British jazz.’ The following year saw the release of Mark’s first big band album ‘Days Like These’ with the NDR big band. That same year Mark was awarded APPJC ‘Parliamentary Jazz Musician of the Year 2010.’ Mark has since recorded with Seb Rochford, Liam Noble, Finn Peters, James Allsop and Tom Herbert. A new trio, Malija, with pianist Liam Noble and bassist Jasper Hoiby has just released its first album.