Geoff Mason Quintet
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
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.
"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
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
Goeff Mason Sextet
Simon Spillett - Tenor Sax
Geoff Mason –Trombone
John Horler –Piano
Tim Wells –Bass
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 .
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.