Mark Bassey has been involved in jazz education for over 30 years teaching all instruments and running classes in harmony, improvisation, composition and arranging. He teaches at many colleges around the country including the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity College of Music, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Mark has written numerous compositions and arrangements, many of which have been recorded and/or broadcast - over 30 big band charts and various commissions including work for the Associated Board. He has released two albums, Mark Bassey's Telling Stories, featuring his own highly programmatic writing, and Bassey Plays Basie, a fresh and occasionally mischievous look at some of the Count Basie classics. Mark performs regularly in Brighton and around the country.
Beccy Perez Rork
Beccy Perez Rork studied music at Leeds College of Music, and enjoys a varied career which combines teaching, arranging and performing. She studied saxophone initially with Dean Masser, then with Richard Ingham in Leeds, and harmony and arranging with Pete Churchill, whose understanding and teaching of harmony enabled her to go on to write arrangements for Saxshop.
Beccy has been teaching saxophone for 16 years, from one to one, quartets, small groups and workshops. Her personal bias is towards jazz, funk, blues, Latin and ska and the material Saxshop performs reflects this. The Cuban bandleader Dámaso Pérez Prado is a favourite of Beccy’s and has inspired several arrangements. She performs regularly on alto, soprano and tenor saxes.
Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone saxophones are all played and we enjoy the fantastic arrangements produced by Mark Bassey and Beccy Perez Rork.
We are a supportive and friendly group and some of our members have been coming since 2003 when Simon D'souza first formed the group.