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Mark Kavuma


Mark Kavuma (Trumpet) is fast becoming one of the best young trumpet players on the British jazz scene. Having been voted best soloist at the very first Essentially Ellington competition in the U.K., Mark managed to land himself two prestigious gigs as guest soloist with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Only 20 years old and still advancing his studies at Trinity College of Music, Mark is a young man in demand. Playing with the likes of Jazz Jamaica, Nu Civilization Orchestra, Brinsley Forde (founding member of the reggae band Aswad), Denis Batiste, Jay's Jitter Jive band, dub reggae group Kalichakra, Kinetika, and leading his own trio and quintet, Mark has played at most of London's top venues, including the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Round House, and the Rivoli Ballroom to name a few. In addition, having supported jazz legend John Hendricks at the one and only Ronnie Scott's, Mark is possibly one of the youngest people to lead his own outfit at the club's late show. Moreover, Mark has been involved with groups such as NYJO, TWYJO, and Trinity jazz ensemble. Also branching outinto other genres with the likes of situation opera, Op Sa Balkan Band, Boney M, Gentlemen's Dub Club, LSO, Mulatu Astatke, and star (function band). In regards to television Mark has appeared on the Paul O'Grady Show, BBC One as part of the only band to play in the Great Britain athletes parade after the Olympics and has also made an appearance with Marcus Collins. Mark was recently involved with the National Theatre's production of the highly recommended Amen Corner show which ran until August 2013.

Current as of March 2014
Mark Kavuma