Saxophonist, composer and teacher MORNINGTON LOCKETT studied at Dartington College of Arts and the Guildhall School of Music And Drama. He recorded albums with Ronnie Scott, Jim Mullen, Stan Tracey, Don Grusin, Martin Drew, Claire Martin, Sarah Jane Morris and Ian Shaw. Mornington has also played live with Jimmy Smith, Arturo Sandoval, Jon Hendricks, Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Dave Weckl, Georgie Fame and Jack DeJohnette. In 1989 he joined the Jim Mullen Quartet. This led to an invitation for Mornington to lead his own quartet at Ronnie Scott’s Club, and eventually to joining the Ronnie Scott Quintet, from 1990 to 1995.
Mornington worked and recorded with Martin Drew in their co-led group “New Jazz Couriers”, a tribute to Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes’ famous band from the 1950s. He worked regularly with Stan Tracey for 15 years. Highlights included a recreation of the 1965 ‘Under Milk Wood’ suite, a concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall celebrating the centenary of the birth of Duke Ellington, and a performance of Ellington’s ‘Sacred Music’, at a packed St. Paul’s Cathedral in 2006 as part of Stan’s 80th birthday celebrations.