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How My Heart Sings

by Mark Crooks

Brilliant jazz clarinet in a mainstream/bebop style.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. The Lady's in Love With You
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3:32 $0.99
2. Everytime
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3:48 $0.99
3. I Wish I Knew
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5:46 $0.99
4. When Day Is Done
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6:00 $0.99
5. Garden in the Rain
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4:45 $0.99
6. How My Heart Sings
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4:40 $0.99
7. Everything I've Got
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4:44 $0.99
8. Young and Foolish
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6:00 $0.99
9. Bud Powell
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4:35 $0.99
10. Bess You Is My Woman Now
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2:54 $0.99
11. At Long Last Love
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Album Notes

Mark began his musical training by earning a degree in music performance at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. He moved to London to study on the postgraduate jazz course at the Guildhall School of Music after winning the Young Jazz Player of the Year Competition in 1991.

Since leaving college Mark has worked in a wide range of musical settings including classical work and shows but is most at home in the jazz world. He has played in all of London’s top jazz venues and at jazz festivals up and down the country. A recent highlight was a week’s engagement at Ronnie Scott’s with the John Critchinson Quartet opposite the Mingus Big Band.

Mark’s own group features his clarinet and tenor with the brilliant guitar playing of Colin Oxley and is featured on his highly-rated CDs “I Won’t Dance” and the brand new “How My Heart Sings”.

Mark is a member of the superb Back To Basie Orchestra and the celebrated John Wilson Orchestra. He also enjoys appearing in a two-tenor “Al and Zoot” group with Jim Tomlinson and a two-clarinet “Benny” quintet with Julian Stringle.

Mark was the featured soloist in a gala “Tribute to Artie Shaw” concert in Dublin’s National Concert Hall in January 2006. A hand-picked 26 piece orchestra accompanied Mark in scintillating performances of original Shaw arrangements including the infamous Interlude in Bb for clarinet and string quartet and Shaw’s virtuoso Concerto for Clarinet .The concert was such a great success that Mark was immediately invited back to perform a Benny Goodman programme in April 2007 and to reprise the Artie Shaw with Strings Concert in September 2008.A UK Premiere of this Concert in September 2008 at the prestigious Cadogan Hall,London SW1 has recently been confirmed.


Mark Crooks ; Clarinet and tenor sax
Colin Oxley ; Guitar
John Pearce ; Piano
Matt Miles ; Bass
Steve Brown ; Drums

“something of a star on clarinet”…Jazz UK
“by rights a candidate for every festival on the circuit”…Jazz UK
“original and spirited jazz”…Jazz UK
“a flair for melodic phrasing”… Crescendo
“a most enjoyable CD”…Crescendo
“is that you playing that, then?”…Mark’s mum.



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