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Mark Lockett
Mark Lockett


Mark Lockett is a talented drummer and educator who performs regularly with many of Melbourne’s finest jazz musicians. Some of the regular guest artists to perform with his bands (Mark Lockett Trio and Mark Lockett and friends) include Michelle Nicole, Emma Gilmartin, Alison Wedding, Geoff Hughes, Tim Stevens, Mark Fitzgibbon and Jamie Oehlers (winner of the 2003 Montreux Jazz festival saxophone competition).

Mark graduated from Massey University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz performance. Mark has studied drums with international performers and educators, such as Joe Morello, Ari Hoenig, John Riley, Jim Black, Henry Cole, Graham Morgan, Andrew Gander and Roger Sellers.

Mark is the author of a drum method book called Drum Recipe. In 2004 he released his debut CD About Time (Move Records), and features special arrangements by Jordan Murray and Eugene Ball. Musicians include Mark Fitzgibbon, Jordan Murray, Jamie Oehlers, Paul Van Ross and Alison Wedding.

Early in 2005 Mark released his second album, a joint project with saxophonist and musical collaborator Paul Van Ross titled, Mark Lockett + Paul Van Ross live at Spleen. A series of regular weekly gigs were recorded at Spleen Bar and the highlights were released on New Market Records.

Lockett’s second quintet album, Now and Then, was released on Move Records in 2009. Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Mark now resides in Melbourne, Australia.

The concept behind the original compositions on Mark Lockett’s Sneaking Out After Midnight was largely inspired by his love for the wonderful music of American alto saxophonist and giant of jazz, Ornette Coleman, particularly the music he created with Don Cherry, Charlie Hayden and Ed Blackwell. Mark has also drawn upon his extensive time spent studying with a younger and, some might say, more modern New York heavyweight, Ari Hoenig. The fusion of these two influences led Mark to write a series of themes and melodies that became the basis of this album. Joel Frahm and Orlando Le Fleming brought the music to life, producing a fresh, joyful, and thoroughly modern sound, a successful merging of the unique character of jazz from ‘down-under’ with the esteemed rigour and pedigree of New York edge.


Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 16:57