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Mark Hale Trio Featuring Stefan Melovski on Guitar at Bears n' Tales,

Thursday 1 August 2019

Venue: 31 St Cuthberts Street, Bedford MK40 3JG 

Mark Hale – Drums

After jumping head first into the world of Jazz under the guidance of Graham Fox and Nik Preston at the Academy of Contemporary Music, Mark became an essential exponent in the development of music in Bedfordshire and Cambridge. He has established and curated regular Jazz happenings and worked closely with the River festival and the Cambridge Jazz festival to bring together the highest calibre of musicians to these cities. 

Whilst working as a freelance musician Mark has been busy stewarding the popular 'Monday Night Jazz' in Bedford. Now at The White Horse Pub, he has been regularly working with: Jim Mullen, Steve Fishwick, Ross Stanley, Colin Oxley, Graham Harvey & Jeremy Brown. On top of that he recently is leading his own Organ trio at the Bears n' Tales residency.

Since Mark’s move to East London, he has been able to delve deeper into his love of everything swing and straight ahead, becoming a popular sideman performing around the UK at venues like Ronnie Scott’s, The Hideaway, The Ent Shed, Stables (MK), sharing stages with Simon Spillett, Frank Griffith, Tina May & Nigel Price. This evening Mark will be bringing his latest project to Bears n’ Tales featuring Guitarist Stefan Melovski and Double Bassist Adam King. The trio take inspiration from the Piano trio's of the 50s and 60s and were featured earlier this year at Ronnie Scott’s Monday Night Spotlight Series performing a selection of music from the drummer Roy Haynes.

Stefan Melovski – Guitar

Stefan Melovski is a Serbian-born guitarist, composer and arranger currently based in London. He spent his youth in the island of Cyprus, where he studied with classical guitarist Socrates Leptos, as well as taking part in a bi-communal “Jazz Futures” program immersing himself in the jazz art form. He took lessons from Chris Byars, Ari Roland, Ofer Landsberg, Sacha Perry, Keith Balla and Yaala Ballin, who he still views as his mentors to this day. After relocating to London, he dedicates his time fronting his own trio and sextet at his residency “Oliver’s Sunday Jazz” at Oliver’s Bar, Greenwich, as well as playing as a sideman for various jazz groups and singers. He has been featured as performer at the Ronnie Scott’s ‘Late Show’ on many occasions, and has been lucky to have performed with, amongst others, Johnny O’Neal, Marion Cowings, Jimmy Wormworth, the Carducci Quartet, as well as lutenist David Miller. 

Whilst in London, Stefan finished his classical guitar postgraduate studies at the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, studying with English guitarist Graham Anthony Devine. He has been featured as a solo recitalist in various venues including King’s Place, Cheltenham Town Hall, and St. James Piccadilly to name a few. With his big band ‘Op Sa!’ Stefan performed on BBC 3 as well as releasing a charity single for the Calais Crisis. His first album, “Supposin’ ” is due to come out summer 2019, featuring talented Cypriot jazz musicians. His current projects in 2019 are recording a new composition written by Argentine composer Alejandro Civilotti, as well as performing a set with his sextet comprised only of compositions by Tadd Dameron.

Adam was introduced to jazz by his father, a saxophonist, who would practice and play jazz in the King household. Pop/R&B classic recordings such as Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions & Marvin Gaye’s Midnight Love, as well as jazz classics by greats such as Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon and Horace Silver, were ever present and these would provide the formative basis for future musical endeavours. After initially playing alto sax he then moved to bass guitar after being blown away by the genius of Jaco Pastorius.

Adam studied Jazz at Middlesex University, gaining a First Class Honours. Taking up double bass in the second year of his studies, he has become one of the most in-demand bassists on the UK scene. He has played with some of the most prolific musicians on the UK and international jazz scene including Peter King, Stan Tracey, Julian Joseph, Joe Cohn, Jim Mullen, Alan Barnes, Dave Newton and Nigel Hitchcock amongst many others. He can often be seen playing at London’s top jazz establishments such as Ronnie Scott’s, 606 Jazz Club and Pizza Express Jazz Club. 

Adam currently is based professionally in the UK and has toured internationally with various bands and artists. He is also just as comfortable in the studio as on stage having recorded for the likes of Warner Brothers, Universal and the BBC. He is also a busy composer and producer and writes in many different genres for commercial purposes.

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