29 Feb 2020 at Sage Gateshead, NE8 2JR

Mike Lovatt

with Strictly Smokin' Big Band

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After Strictly Smokin’s sell out show with Mark Nightingale early in 2019, and an exciting gig with vocalist Claire Martin the band now embarks on it’s latest pairing with the renowned MIKE LOVATT.

Mike is a regular on film sound tracks, including the James Bond and Harry Potter series. He plays lead trumpet with the Grammy Nominated John Wilson Orchestra and the BBC Big Band who featured him in their Maynard Ferguson tribute show; other credits include the 2019 London West End revival of 42nd Street, Skelton-Skinner All Stars as well as recordings with Jamie Cullum and Elton John.

In this show, Michael Lamb’s STRICTLY SMOKIN’ BIG BAND will host Mike in Hall 2 at Sage Gateshead and is sure to include some numbers from Mike’s newly released album 56 Degrees North, which he recorded with Foden’s Brass Band and features arrangements by Colin Skinner. Mike has also recently features on Seth McFarlane’s new recording Once In A While.

Recently dubbed “the swinginest band North of Lands End” – and now featuring Mike Lovatt – this is sure to be a firm date in every jazz fans diary!

"Mike Lovatt is, in my estimation, the finest trumpet player alive"

Seth McFarlane

“…remarkable stylistic prowess”

4 Bars Rest

“Michael Lovatt has a glowing, golden tone and the ability and authority to inspire not only a whole brass section but an entire orchestra.”

John Wilson
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