An award winning jazz trumpeter is returning to his roots to perform in a concert this weekend.
In a repeat of the very popular Six Of The Best concert given two years ago, leading jazz trumpeter Mark Armstrong again joins the Chess Valley Male Voice Choir and the Amersham Band, each featuring selected pieces from their repertoire.
The concert will take place at Broadway Baptist Church on Saturday (June 18) at 4pm.
Mark attended Dr Challoner’s Grammar School before going to University of Oxford to study music, where he helped to resurrect the Oxford University Big Band.
He also gained a post graduate diploma in jazz from the Guildhall School of Music.
Mark’s playing career has included a wide variety of styles and genres.
He was a member of Clark Tracey’s Quintet for seven years, recording two albums, and played regularly with Clark’s father Stan Tracey, performing with the big band at the 2009 BBC Proms.
In 2007, he was nominated in the best trumpet category of the Ronnie Scott Jazz Awards, and Mark still performs regularly as a jazz trumpet player, as a member of the Ronnie Scott Jazz Orchestra and in his own quartet.
Mark was appointed as NYJO’s Artistic and Music Director in 2011.
Since this appointment the orchestra has recorded its first studio album for many years, appeared at the 2012 BBC Proms, and the London Jazz Festival in 2012 and 2013.
His additional education work includes his position as Jazz Professor at the Royal College of Music, which combines academic lecturing and practical coaching and tuition, lecturing in composition at the London Centre of Contemporary Music.
Mark is a past winner of the BBC Big Band Competition arranging prize, and many of his big band compositions can be heard on recent NYJO albums.
He writes a wide range of arrangements and compositions from choral music to symphony orchestra.
Last month he was with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra at Buckingham Palace Gardens, and on Sunday he is with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra at the Swansea Music Festival.
John Ramsbottom from the Chess Valley Male Voice Choir said: “We are fortunate to be able to listen to him in Chesham, although his father, Mike, being a current Chess Valley Male Voice Choir member, may have had some influence.”
Tickets will be available on the door on the day.