Mark Nightingale

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Mark Nightingale
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Background information
Birth nameMark Daryl Nightingale
Born (1967-05-29) 29 May 1967 (age 52)
Evesham, Worcestershire, England
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, arranger
Years active1980s–present

Mark Daryl Nightingale (born 29 May 1967) is an English jazz trombonist/studio musician/composer/arranger.


He began on trombone at age nine, and played in the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra in his teens.[1] He attended Trinity College of Music from 1985 to 1988. His first band as leader was a trombone quintet called Bonestructure and he has gone on to front various sized groups from quartets and quintets to a Big Band featuring his own compositions and arrangements. Nightingale toured and recorded with James Morrison in Europe from 1994 to 1997. He has had longstanding musical relationships with John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Alan Barnes and Andy Panayi. Nightingale has composed for trombone and other brass instruments. His published works include 20 Jazz Etudes (1995), Multiplicity (1996) Easy Jazzy Tudes (1998), Turning Back the Clock (2004), and Urbieplicity (2010). He played trombone on the album Ten Summoner's Tales by Sting.

He has worked/recorded with (jazz): Louie Bellson, Ray Brown, Carl Fontana, Urbie Green, Scott Hamilton, Slide Hampton, Bill Holman, Lee Konitz, Cleo Laine, Claire Martin, Clark Terry, and Kenny Wheeler; (pop): Steely Dan, Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones, Madonna, and Robbie Williams' (other): Henry Mancini, Frank Sinatra, John Wilson and Michel Legrand. He occasionally directs the BBC Big Band.[1]

As a session musician he has performed on hundreds of movie soundtracks and commercial albums. He was design consultant for the first instrument made by Michael Rath Trombones.[2]


As leader[edit]

  • Bone Structure (Calligrapgh Records, 1989)
  • What I Wanted to Say with Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton, Dado Moroni (Mons, 1994)
  • Destiny with RIAS Big Band (Mons, 1997)
  • A Nightingale Sang with The Fat Chops Big Band (2005)
  • Out of the Box (Woodville, 2010)
  • The Sound of Jay & Kai with Alistair White (Woodville, 2014)[3][4][5]

As sideman[edit]

With Alan Barnes

  • A Dotty Blues (Zephyr, 1998)
  • The Sherlock Holmes Suite (Woodville, 2003)
  • The Marbella Jazz Suite (Big Bear, 2004)
  • Songs for Unsung Heroes (Woodville, 2004)
  • Seven Ages of Jazz (Woodville, 2006)
  • A Jazz Christmas Carol (Woodville, 2015)
  • Fish Tales (Woodville, 2017)[3]

With John Dankworth

  • Nebuchadnezzar (Ronnie Scott's Jazz House, 1994)
  • In a Mellow Tone (Qnote, 2005)
  • Live at Ronnie Scotts (Sepia)[3]

With James Galway

  • Un-Break My Heart (RCA Victor, 1999)
  • Tango Del Fuego (RCA Victor, 1999)[3]

With Claire Martin

  • Old Boyfriends (Linn, 1994)
  • Off Beat (Linn, 1995)
  • A Modern Art (Linn, 2015)[3]

With Dave O'Higgins

  • Big Shake Up (Candid Productions, 2001)
  • Push (Shortfuse, 2004)[3]

With Andy Panayi

  • Blown Away (Ronnie Scott's Jazz House, 1998)
  • Time Displaced (Mainstem, 2002)
  • News from Blueport (Woodville, 2005)
  • The Solar Cats (Woodville, 2009)
  • Play Woolf Notes (Woolfnotes)
  • Whooeeee! (Mainstem)[3]

With others


  • British Jazz Awards - Best Trombonist (1994), (1996), (1998), (2000), (2002), (2004), (2006), (2008), (2009), (2010), (2011) (2013), (2014), (2015), (2016), (2017), (2018)[6]
  • Worshipful Company of Musicians - Young Jazz Musician Award (1996)
  • British Jazz Award - Rising Star 1993[6]


  1. ^ a b "Mark Nightingale". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Artists". Michael Rath Trombones. Michael Rath Trombones. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Discography". Mark Nightingale. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  4. ^ Nightingale, Mark. "Mark Nightingale". Woodville Records. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Mark Nightingale | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  6. ^ a b "British Jazz Awards".
  • Mark Gilbert, "Mark Nightingale". Grove Jazz online.