Geoff Mason Quintet

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Simon Spillett

John Horler

Tim Wells

Trevor Tomkins

The Geoff Mason Quintet plays music from the Blue Note era. Blue Note has been largely

associated with the ‘Hard-Bop’ style of jazz, mixing bebop with other forms of music

including soul, blues and gospel.

Horace Silver, Jimmy Smith, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan,Art Blakey and Grant Green

were among the Blue Note’s leading artists but all the important musicians in post war jazz

recorded for the Blue Note Label.

Geoff Mason (trombone) is partnered by the amazing Simon Spillett (tenor sax). Formed in

2002 by the late Roland Lacey and Geoff Mason, the band is building a considerable

reputation as a fine exponent of Blue Note era jazz. The Quintet continues to follow the

original genre and repertoire of the great Hard-Bop bands.

The band has appeared at many venues including The Watermill Jazz club, The Bull’s Head

Barnes, Ealing Jazz Festival, Jazz in the Park at Regents Park and The Scarborough Jazz

Festival.

With help from Jazzservices, the band toured the UK in 2004 and their first album The Geoff

Mason Quintet was featured on BBC Radio 2’s “Best of Jazz”. Their latest CD Sometime Ago

recorded on Actone Records, has been nominated for a Parliamentary Jazz Award.

Reviews

"Top quality UK bob from Geoff and Roland, small band teamwork at its finest"

(Keith Ames, Musician Magazine)

"Fine proponents of Blue Note era swing"

(London Evening Standard)

“Another appreciated early evening session was followed in the music room by Roland Lacey

(tenor) and Geoff Mason (trombone) leading a well-seasoned quintet. And what a super show

this was, laced with Hank Mobley, Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter and Roland Kirk material.

The quality perhaps not surprising with Ian Scott-Taylor on bass, Ted Beament on piano and

Adrian McIntosh (currently with Humphrey Lyttelton) on drums”

(Swindon Jazz Club)

“Try THE EAGLE in Rochester High Street, Rochester, every Sunday lunchtime 1p.m.

onwards for consistently good jazz groups - Paul Booth - Henry Lowther - Geoff Mason -

Dave Quincy - Sam Gambarini”

(BBC music web site Jazz blog)

Mick Foster/Geoff Mason Quintet

Tribute to Gerry Mulligan and Bob Brookmeyer

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Burn His Tunic

Although tribute acts are usually associated with pop or rock

groups, there is no reason why jazz musicians cannot pay tribute

to their past heroes. On this gig, Mick Foster’s baritone sax and

Geoff Mason’s trombone paid their respects to the cool sounds of

the 1950’s that were produced by Mulligan’s sax and

Brookmeyer’s valve trombone where their warm and swinging

sounds found a way into the public’s soul worldwide. This

quintets playlist included many tunes associated with these two

wonderful musicians and in particular, Foster’s light textured,

bouncy playing emulated the Mulligan sound to a tee. None was

more popular than their opening number “Bernie’s Tune” where the

the rich baritone sound and impeccable playing, came over

superbly and with Mason’s trombone working softly behind and

acting as a counterpoint to the baritone’s punchy improvising, it

was a perfect match. The band’s self confidence contributed

greatly to the intricate interplay between the two

instrumentalists, especially on “Festive Minor” and Mulligan’s

“Blueport” where they dovetailed together brilliantly and played

as one”.

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Goeff Mason Sextet

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Steve Fishwick-Trumpet

Simon Spillett - Tenor Sax

Geoff Mason –Trombone

John Horler –Piano

Tim Wells –Bass

Trevor Tomkins-Drums

This exciting 6-piece group pays tribute to Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and beyond.

Featuring Steve Fishwick one of the UK and Europe’s finest jazz Trumpet players, John

Horler who worked closely with Pete King, Tommy Whittle and Tony Coe and was the

Pianist with Sir John Dankworth and Cleo Laine for twenty years. The Sextet plays music

by Benny Golson, Curtis fuller ,Freddie Hubbard and many more. Also featuring

legendary drummer Trevor Tomkins one of the founders of modern British jazz who has

written many of the bands arrangements.The Band has played at the Mill Hill jazz

festival ,Fleece jazz and The Tower Theater .

RMG Collective

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Press Reviews

The Band features 606 Club owner and Flautist Steve Rubie (Julian Joesph Big Band

Samara) virtuoso trombonist Geoff Mason (Ronnie Scott Big Band) leading UK pianist

Jonathan Gee (Pharoah Sanders, Cleveland Watkiss,Tim Whitehead) rising star bassist

Mark Lewandowski (Bobby Wellins,Phil Robson) and the brilliant drummer Winston

Clifford.Their Musical roots stem from mid-60s Hubbard and Hancock through Brazilian

music of the 80's to their own contemporary copositions.A world class band.

(Pizza Express dean Street)

CHUTING FROM THE HIP Immaculate trombone and flute-led arrangements

complemented by propulsive drums and deftly contrapuntal harmony were the order of

the day during a late spot at the 606 in Chelsea last night, with the appearance of The

RMG Collective. Featuring sophisticated pianist and Monk expert Jonathan Gee, 606

club owner Steve Rubie on flute, the elegantly languid trombonist Geoff Mason, Ekaya

bassist Larry Bartley, and drummers’ drummer Winston Clifford, the quintet knitted

nicely from the outset. Bartley is in action on Saturday at Hideaway as a member of new

superband Lineage, who are to debut at the Streatham jazz club.

(SG)