After coming to notice with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, in the 1980s Mark Nightingale formed Bone Structure, a small band with an all-trombone front line. The outfit released one album, Bone Structure, on the Calligraph label in 1988. Mark has subsequently gone on to establish a strong reputation around the world, playing in groups led by artists such as Alan Barnes, Louie Bellson, Lee Konitz, James Morrison, George Shearing and Clark Terry and picking up many a British Jazz Award.
The experience gained during his tenure with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra has also helped him to become a first-call trombonist with several big bands, including those led by Michael Garrick, Stan Tracey, Kenny Wheeler and Colin Towns. Other big bands have sought out his charts, among them the BBC Radio Big Band and the Dankworth Generation Big Band, his music appearing, as did he, on the latter’s Nebuchadnezzar. An outstanding technician, Nightingale is also a versatile and inventive soloist.
Mark appears in the StarCity Swing Session at 7pm on Friday 5th, and as special guest with the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra at 8pm at The Tally Ho Club on Tuesday 9th (admission £10)