“In my head I wanted it (the band) to be an organisation, a force to be reckoned with,” explains Kavuma. “Everybody brings something to the table whether it’s verbally or musically and everybody has a big part to play.”
Over the last decade Mark Kavuma has established himself as a key player in London’s rapidly expanding jazz Scene. As leader, he has released two albums, ‘Kavuma’ (2018), voted among the best albums of the year by Downbeat magazine and The Banger Factory (2019), both released with UK record label Ubuntu Music.
Mark infuses this indelible musical movement with the energy, attitude and swagger of a new generation of creators. He has a unique and distinctive trumpet sound. His lyricism, soulful tone and grace of technique spread infectious joy and mutual excitement among audiences and fellow musicians alike. His music is full of energy, vibe, blues and rhythm. Hints of gospel, soul and spiritual jazz can also be traced within his compositions. With this groovy music he may just bring jazz back to the dance floor.
Mark’s main outfit, The Banger Factory, is a collective that is contingent upon bringing the people a good time. From a weekly residency in Brixton’s POW, over the last seven years, the band has developed and nourished a truly unmistakable group sound and attracts and features some of the most gifted and engaging musicians on the scene today.
KAVUMA: “The band brings together and unifies the local London jazz scene. Spreading love and good vibes”.
A gifted educator and inspirational creative enabler, Mark is an associate Music Leader for the Tomorrow’s Warriors programme, and is also involved in their professional performance ensembles including the acclaimed Nu Civilisation Orchestra, Jazz Jamaica Small band and Jazz Jamaica All Stars.
Starting his professional career in his late teens, earlier career highlights include being featured twice with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra, touring Europe with the legendary Salif Keita and Less Ambassadeurs and touring the world in Peter Brooke’s Production of ‘The Suit’.
Currently Mark is working on setting up: Banger Factory Records, which is set to launch in the autumn with the release of Arashi No Ato. They will be playing music from their new album during their performance.