The band was created during the UK lockdown period. Professional musicians where allowed to perform, rehearse and stream, so Mark took advanaged of this ruling to get players who where just sitting at home watching the telly or delivering groceries to get them playing again. Many thanks to St Mary’s Church Putney.
Chris, the percussionist in the Groove Warriors, gave Mark a complete library of Big Band music about 6 months before his sudden death. Mark felt his wishes for it to be used should be fulfilled!
Mark has by chance assembled some of London’s finest musicains to play in this band. Hence the band are playing top arrangements by from the worlds finest bands. Count Basie, Gordon Goodwin, Buddy Rich, Buddy Rich etc. Live performance starts on the 23rd May 2021.
The Thad Jones Legacy Orchestra
To mark the 100th birthday of legendary trumpeter Thad Jones, saxophonist Mark Buckingham and the “Thad Jones Legacy Orchestra” will present a variety of tunes to celebrate one of Jazz’s most influential arrangers! Featuring London’s finest Jazz musicians, the band will revisit Thad Jones’s contribution to the Count Basie Orchestra, his own compositions within the Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra and the Danish Radio Big Band as well as tributes written in memory of the master by other celebrated composers.
From “Shiny stockings” to “Big dipper” and “A child is born”, expect to hear all the classics as well as some obscure gems!
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