Jazz at Loseley Park

Sunday June 23rd 2019





It’s time to pack a picnic, invite your friends, and join us for an evening of swing in a tribute to the great jazz legends Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

Featuring the quintet of MARK BASSEY, one of the finest trombone soloists on the UK scene whose talent is equalled by his irrepressible showmanship, and tenor saxophonist KAREN SHARP, twice winner of the British Jazz Awards and former member of Humphrey Lyttleton’s band!

Expect swinging jazz and inventive solos all the way: this is feel-good music at its best!

Count Basie and Duke Ellington were pianists, composers, big band arrangers and true jazz greats. Basie’s captivating piano technique married with top drawer arrangements left us with a legacy of material including the jazz standards ‘Jumpin’ At The Woodside’, ‘Everyday I Have The Blues’ and ‘April in Paris’. Ellington’s creative and distinctive ensembles featured soloists like Johnny Hodges and Cootie Williams, and his collaborations with composer Billy Strayhorn has given us long lasting jazz themes including ‘It Don’t Mean A Thing’ and ‘Take The A Train’.

“If you play a tune and a person don’t tap their feet, don’t play the tune.” – William “Count” Basie

The evening will open with a set of fantastic big band swing from our friends in the FARNHAM BIG BAND led by MD Gabriel Garrick

Tickets £12 in advance (£18 on the day) £40 for a group of 4 (not available on the day), U16s free. Gates 5pm, Music 5.15pm to 8.30pm.

Available online from www.gutsfbc.co.uk/event/jazz-in-the-park/ or by phone 01483 408316

In the event of heavy rain or high winds, this event will take place in nearby St John’s Church , Farncombe. Full details will be confirmed with your booking. 

MARK BASSEY (Trombone)

Jazz trombonist Mark Bassey has been described as “a superb, witty player” (Dave Gelly, The Guardian), with a vibrancy to his playing that stretches out into the contemporary field whilst remaining firmly attached to the jazz tradition. Equally at ease playing standards and original compositions, Mark’s playing covers many styles from swing to bop, as well as more contemporary fields. He has recorded widely with many people and released two albums under his own name.  Mark has written numerous compositions and arrangements, many of which have been recorded and/or broadcast – over 30 big band charts and various commissions including work for the Associated Board. He is also a jazz faculty member at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and has close links with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the City Literary Institute as well as teaching trombone and running classes in harmony, improvisation, composition also at the Welsh College of Music & Drama, the Royal Northern College of Music, Leeds College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire and Goldsmiths, University of London.

Mark was born with no left hand and fingers missing on his right hand. He wears a split hook on his left arm, which he attaches to a piece of leather on his slide, and has a metal digit on his right hand which opposes the real finger. He plays left handed on a Rath 10 and a Bach 16, both with F attachments (to give him greater ease in reaching 6th and 7th positions) especially fitted by trombone maker Michael Rath.

“… Bassey has an irrepressible character, and infectious sense of humour, and an astonishing agility around the instrument.”  Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz


Karen took up the tenor saxophone whilst studying composition at the Royal Northern College of Music. After relocating to London in 1999 Karen became a busy freelance musician working alongside many top class British and American musicians and in 2004 she began a three-year stint in Humphrey Lyttelton’s band, which took her to venues and festivals across the UK and into Europe playing alongside Joe Temperley, Stacey Kent, Acker Bilk and the great blues singer Elkie Brooks. A busy and popular musician with an accessible yet distinctive style, Karen has won the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards on numerous occasions.

Karen tours regularly with her quartet which features Nikki Iles, Dave Green and Steve Brown and she plays with numerous larger ensembles including Robert Fowler’s ‘Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band’ , Steve Waterman’s Big Band and the Stan Tracey Big Band. More recently Karen was delighted to be part of the ‘Guy Barker Big Band’, performing at the BBC proms in 2015 and 2017. Recent recording projects include the ‘Barnes/O’Higgins – The Sax Section’, a project for five saxophones, Alan Barnes’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, and her latest quartet album, ‘The Sun, the Moon and You’ released last year on ‘Trio Records’.



Thank you to also everyone who came to last year’s Jazz in the Park at Loseley, featuring Pete Long’s Quintet and the Farnham Big Band, which raised £3000 for GUTS!