Mark back to jazz up Sunday lunchtime

October 1




The former Blue School and Strode student has spent the last two years working in European capitals. He describes the three musicians touring with him as some of the best young players he’s encountered in Europe.

“This collaborative European quartet has been brought together especially for the UK tour this autumn,” said Mark.

“Consisting of musicians from the UK, Sweden and Portugal, the group’s original compositions take influence from the Berlin creative music scenes, Scandinavian folksongs and swing.”

Before leaving Wells to study in the UK and Europe, Mark, aged 26, was a regular at Wells Jazz Collective sessions, now held at The Venue in South Street on the third Monday of every month. They were set up to help jazz players of all ages and abilities gain essential experience in performing with other musicians before a live audience.

Wells Jazz Collective co-ordinator Paul Cannon said that Mark’s return comes at a time when the local jazz scene is flourishing.

“In the last year or so we have formed a very productive relationship with Paul and Mel Eavis who run the Bocabar in Glastonbury,” he said.

“We are now involved in putting on a couple of jazz events there every month, featuring both local and visiting artists.”

The completion of the Cedars Hall concert venue at the Wells Cathedral School is also attracting some big jazz names to the city, the most recent being singer Claire Martin.

Students from the school and members of the Wells Jazz Collective now play together at some sessions.

The school’s head of jazz, Edward Leaker, said: “It’s absolutely the most important thing for young jazz musicians. They need to be able to play with experienced people.”

The Mark Pringle Quartet will be performing at the Bocabar, Glastonbury, at 1 pm on Sunday, October 1. Before the gig the players will be talking about their work, demonstrating some of their techniques and taking questions from the audience. Tickets are £10 on the door. Advance booking for lunch tables is advised.

Ahead of that date, Mark will be perfoming at The Royal Oak, Swindon, on September 5, and The Bebop Club, Bristol, on September 29.