Mark Lockheart

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Mark Lockheart
Born (1961-03-31) 31 March 1961 (age 55)
Origin Lymington, England
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Saxophonist and composer
Instruments Tenor saxophone Soprano saxophone and Bass clarinet
Years active 1980s to date
Labels Edition Records, Isis Records, Stay Tuned, Basho Record, Harmonia Mundi, Subtone Records.
Associated acts Polar Bear
Perfect Houseplants
Django Bates, Loose Tubes Ellington in Anticipation

Mark Lockheart (born Lymington, 1961) is a British jazz tenor saxophonist who came to prominence as a member of the Loose Tubes big band during the 1980s.[1]


Following the demise of Loose Tubes, Lockheart formed the co-led eclectic jazz/folk quartet Perfect Houseplants with Huw Warren, Dudley Phillips, and Martin France.[2] The band released five albums including two with The Orlando Consort. At this time Lockheart formed his own group, "The Scratch Band", performing his own compositions. The group recorded two albums, including Imaginary Dances.[3] In 2005 Lockheart put together his "Big Idea" to record the album Moving Air.[4]

In 2003, Lockheart joined the British jazz quintet Polar Bear.[4][5] The group have recorded four albums, including Held on the Tips of Fingers, which was nominated for the Mercury Award and was selected as one of the '100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World' by Jazzwise magazine.

A project of more of Lockheart's own compositions was released in 2009 with the "In Deep" Quintet featuring Liam Noble and Jasper Hoiby.[6] The next year, Lockheart was awarded Jazz Musician of the Year award at the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards. His compositions have been recorded with the NDR Big Band.[7][8]

Ellington in Anticipation was released to critical acclaim in 2013.[9] As a septet featuring Sebastian Rochford, Tom Herbert, Liam Noble, Margrit Hasler, James Allsopp and Finn Peters, Lockheart completed a UK wide tour[10] supported by the Arts Council of England.

In July 2014 Lockheart formed the trio 'Malija' with pianist Liam Noble and bassist Jasper Hoiby as a result of a request from the Rochester Jazz Festival in New York. "Malija" released its debut album entitled The Day I Had Everything on the Edition record label in 2015.

Lockheart has also played in sessions with Radiohead, Prefab Sprout, Stereolab amongst many others.

Lockheart teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Royal Academy of Music in London, and is a regular tutor for the National Youth Jazz Collective.

Awards and commissions[edit]


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Polar Bear

With Kenny Wheeler and Norma Winstone

  • Mirrors (2013)

With Nikki Iles and Norma Winstone

  • The Printmakers – Westerly (2015)

With Perfect Houseplants

With Loose Tubes

  • Arriving (2015)
  • Sad Africa (1989)
  • Dancing on Frith Street (1989)
  • Open Letter (1988)
  • Delightful Precipice (1986)
  • Loose Tubes (1985)

With Django Bates

With June Tabor

  • A Quiet Eye (1999)
  • Aleyn (1997)
  • Against The Streams (1994)
  • Angel Tiger (1992)

With Huw Warren

  • God Only Knows (2005)
  • Hundreds of Things a Boy Can Make (1998)
  • Barrel Organ Far from Home (1997)

With Jasper Høiby

  • Fellow Creatures (2016)

With others


  1. ^ "Mark Lockheart". All About Jazz. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Perfect Houseplants
  3. ^ Fordham, John (22 March 2002). "Delicate essence". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Kelman, John (9 October 2005). "CD/LP Review: Moving Air". All About Jazz. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Fordham, John (30 May 2009). "Jazz Preview: Polar Bear". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Fordham, John (19 June 2009). "Mark Lockheart: In Deep". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 June 2009. 
  7. ^ Gelly, Dave (14 February 2010). "Mark Lockheart: Days Like These". The Observer. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  8. ^ Fordham, John (19 February 2010). "Mark Lockheart: Days Like These". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  9. ^ Fordham, John (14 February 2013). "Mark Lockheart: Ellington In Anticipation". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Quinn, Peter (24 March 2013). "Mark Lockheart: Kings Place – Ellington In Anticipation". The Arts Desk. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
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