“Last night, five musicians on our stage had a great time, and a pile of fun, and therefore so did we. We got bop and salsa and ballads and fun watching the musicians enjoy themselves and each other. Marc led from the drums as a generous, listening accompanist. He played excellent solos in both sets, (once with his hands on the kit) and his arrangement of “Anthropology” was surprising and a joy.” – Fleece Jazz Review.
“Marc has revisited the music of Dizzy Gillespie with affection, skill and admirable attention to detail. The result is a live album in which both arrangements and solo outings would have prompted smiles of approval from Dizzy himself ” – Digby Fairweather.
On their second visit to the Folkestone jazz Club we again had another great audience. This is definitely one of the most exciting bands on the British Jazz Scene with spicy arrangements of standards, plus some very interesting variations of repetuar and style throughout the gig.
Excitement is generated by its leader Marc Cecil from the drum chair and although not dominated by drum solos this band swing like crazy. We were taken on a musical journey the Latin of Cuba and Brazil to The Swing of New York and even a little touch of Reggae. Everything was played with quality & enthusiasm makes for a great jazz evening and the brilliant arranging & programming have to be credited to Marc Cecil.
A highly recommended outfit & we will be rebooking at The FJC
Derick Woodland July 13th 2017 – Folkestone Jazz Club
After studying Jazz and world music at Middlesex University Marc’s career has led him through a journey of musical styles and this is reflected in his quintet. Loosely based around the book of Dizzy Gillespie the band will take you on a musical journey around the world with a mixture of Swing, Salsa, 2nd line and Samba, all linking together with some original arrangements of classic Jazz standards.
As a Jazz and latin player Marc has a substantial list of credits including: Art Themen, Sheena Davis, John Bunch, Liane Carol, Dominic Ashworth, Paul Booth, King Salsa, Geoff Gascoyne, Quentin Collins, Alan Barns, Robin Jones, Steve Waterman, Pete Long, Henry Lowther, Karen sharp, Derek Nash and Georgina Jackson.
He has played contemporary ballet at The Royal Opera House, Theatre shows including: Blood Brothers, Billy Elliot and Saturday Night Fever and Blues, Rock and Pop gigs including: The Foundations, Robin Trower, The Platters and The Drifters.
The Band is drawn from a pool of musicians including:
Trumpet: Paul Jiasina, Steve Waterman, Steve Fishwick.
Saxophone: James Arben, Vasilis Xenopoulos
Piano: Gunther Kumar, Neil Angilly, Andrew Noble.
Bass: Dominic Howles, Robert Rickenberg
Recorded at Spikes place in 2012 the album is a nod to the work of the great Dizzy Gillespie and includes:
Salt Peanuts, Bebop, Blue n Boogie, On the sunny side of the street, Groovin High, Anthropology, I Can’t get started and Cherokee on it’s playlist.
To order a copy simply email Marc.
Photos: by Jerry Storer