Mark Kavuma & The Banger Factory

Thursday 7th October 2021
Date: Thursday 7th October Ticket Prices: £20.00 - £35.00
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Thursday 7th October 2021

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Ticket Prices:

£20.00 - £35.00


Mark Kavuma & The Banger Factory

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“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.” 

Born and partly raised in Uganda, Mark Kavuma is a young trumpeter coming to prominence with his debut album Kavuma on Ubuntu Music.
Born and raised in Uganda, Mark Kavuma is a key young trumpet player on the British jazz scene. He leads his own band, as well as playing with Jean Toussaint’s Young Lions, Jazz Jamaica and Nu Civilisation Orchestra. Mark is a driving force of the dynamic, young London jazz scene. His debut album, 'Kavuma' (Ubuntu Music), is a London-New York collective of exceptional artists who deliver soulful jazz. Their purpose is to get people to dance, by feeling the music’s heart and soul. 'Kavuma' is all about bringing people a good time, which they will do in a very big way at PizzaExpress! He leads his own quartet, the 'Floor Rippers' house band, along with his main outfit, 'The Banger Factory'.
In 2012 Mark was featured as guest soloist with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra having been voted best soloist at the very first 'Essentially Ellington' competition in the UK. In 2013 saw Mark involved in the National Theatre’s production of 'The Amen Corner'. He also had the opportunity to play with the great Mulatu Astatke, play a support slot for Wayne Shorter at the Barbican, and was also featured on trumpet in 'The El Train' at Hoxton Hall (directed by Sam Yates and Ruth Wilson). In 2014 Mark toured the world featuring in Peter Brooke’s production of 'The Suit', and in 2015 he went on the road with the legendary Salif Keita and Les Ambassaduers.
In 2016 Mark performed again as guest soloist with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra performing the Gershwin songbook at the Barbican, before resuming his studies at Trinity College of music. He featured in Hoagy B Carmichael’s production of 'This Joint Is Jumpin' at the Other Palace Theatre (2017) before working on his debut album on Ubuntu Records, launched in a sold out show at Ghost Notes.


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.


Date: Thursday 7th October Ticket Prices: £20.00 - £35.00
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