Saxophonist, composer and teacher Mornington Lockett studied at Dartington College of Arts, gaining a first class honours degree, before moving to London to attend the Guildhall School of Music And Drama as a post-graduate. As a member of the Ronnie Scott Quintet, Mornington toured widely, in the U.K. and internationally. He has recorded albums with Ronnie Scott, Jim Mullen, Stan Tracey, Don Grusin, Martin Drew, Claire Martin, Sarah Jane Morris and Ian Shaw. Recent commercial studio work includes a session with Oasis and even a number of ‘smooth jazz’ albums with Shakatak.

Mornington has also played live with many international jazz artists including Jimmy Smith, Arturo Sandoval, Jon Hendricks, Franco Ambrosetti, Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Dave Weckl, Bernard Purdie, Phil Upchurch, Jon Faddis, Ulf Wakenius, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, Gabòr Bolla, Nicolas Meier, Gregory Fine, Georgie Fame and Jack DeJohnette.

In 1989 Mornington joined the Jim Mullen Quartet, which became incredibly popular on the UK circuit and effectively launched his career. This led to an invitation for Mornington to lead his own quartet at Ronnie Scott’s Club, and eventually to joining the Ronnie Scott Quintet, which toured all over the world for five years between 1990-1995.

In 1995 Mornington performed in concert with Cuban trumpet star, Arturo Sandoval at the Barbican Hall, and as a result was asked to rejoin the group for part of their U.K. tour. In 2001 Mornington performed for a week at the Jazz Café in London with US blues Hammond organ legend Jimmy Smith. He then worked with Jimmy on all his subsequent visits to the UK and toured Europe extensively with the band in the summer of 2004.

In 2004 Mornington was involved in an ambitious project with the renaissance vocal group ‘Sequentia’, reinterpreting the music of Thomas Tallis for choir and saxophone improvisations in honour of the 500th anniversary of the composer’s birth. A second concert took place in 2006 involving the music of Spanish renaissance composer Victoria.

In May 2008 Mornington participated in a cultural exchange with the Hungarian government, playing a series of concerts in Budapest and London with multi-award-winning Hungarian pianist Béla Szakcsi Lakatos and his trio, which featured, on one occasion, legendary US drummer Jack De Johnette.

Between 2000 and 2010 Mornington was busy working and recording with the late Martin Drew with their co-led group: “New Jazz Couriers”, a tribute to Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes’ famous band from the 1950s. The band released four critically acclaimed albums and won the 2002 British Jazz Award for Best Small Group. In 2005 the group toured the UK with the Swiss trumpet virtuoso Franco Ambrosetti and Mornington was subsequently been invited to Switzerland for a number of concerts and clinics.

In 2008 Mornington worked with is a piano-less trio with bassist Laurence Cottle and drummer Martin Drew, called “LCD.” In November of that year the group joined forces with the celebrated Russian pianist Gregory Fine for a short tour of Samara in Russia. Another tour of Siberia is being planned for 2011 incorporating Claire Martin, Jim Mullen and Ian Thomas.

Mornington Lockett has worked regularly with legendary British pianist and composer Stan Tracey for 15 years. Highlights include a recreation of the iconic 1965 ‘Under Milk Wood’ suite, a concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall celebrating the centenary of the birth of Duke Ellington, and a performance of Ellington’s ‘Sacred Music’, at a packed St. Paul’s Cathedral in 2006 as part of Stan’s 80th birthday celebrations. Mornington also appeared with Stan Tracey at the 2009 Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. A new octet album was released in 2010, and the band is currently on a promotional tour.

Other 2010 highlights included the Ronnie Scott's 50th Anniversary Concert with Jon Hendricks and a UK tour, and appearance at the Royal Northern College Of Music Gala Saxophone Day, with Andy Scott and Rob Buckland's nine-saxophone group "Sax-sault".

Short Biography - Early Life

 Mornington Lockett was born in London, but grew up on the Isle of Wight, where he began playing jazz, sitting in with local bands and also playing clarinet in The Isle Of Wight Symphony Orchestra. At Dartington he studied jazz saxophone with Bobby Wellins, classical clarinet with Lorna Lowe and the North Indian Sitar with Armanath Misra. Mornington became the first person in the UK to gain a degree qualification for jazz saxophone, graduating with first class honours in 1983. He moved to London in 1984 to study at the Guildhall and has lived and worked there ever since.

In 2007 Mornington became an endorsee of P. Mauriat saxophones and is currently very happy to be playing their instruments.

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Andy Scott's "Sax-ault" 2010
"Four" The Music Of Miles Davis with Dave Barry 2010-11
"Ronnie Scott Remembered" Quintet 2010-11
LCD - (Lockett, Cottle & Drew)
The Three Jazz Tenors
The New Jazz Couriers  2004-2010
Jimmy Smith Quartet  2001-2004
Celebrating The Jazz Couriers  2001-2003
Clark Tracey Quintet/Sextets  1997-2005
Don Weller Big Band  1997-2011
Stan Tracey Quartet/Quintet/Septet/Octet/Big Band  1996-2011
Martin Drew Quartet  1995-2010
Andrea Vicari 'Suburban Gorillas'/Quintet  1994-2005
Ronnie Scott Quintet/Sextet  1990-1994
Arturo Sandoval Quintet  1995-1998
Jim Mullen Quartet  1988-1993
Sarah Jane Morris Band  1988-2010
Jo Hubbard Band  1987-1999
Elephant  1986-2011

'The Later Works' Stan Tracey Resteamed Records 2010
"Four" The Music Of Miles Davis Dave Barry TRIO TR583 2010
'Brazilian Thoroughfare' The New Jazz Couriers TRIO TR581 2009
'The Eastcote Sessions' Elephant III 2009
'Afterglow' Shakatak SHAKCD3 2009
'Live At The Appleby Jazz Festival' The Three Jazz Tenors TRIO TR579 2008
'Stan Tracey Orchestra At The Appleby Jazz Festival' Stan Tracey Resteamed Records RSJ103 2007
'After All These Years' Sarah Jane Morris IRMA - IRM 821 2006
'Azule Serapé' The New Jazz Couriers TRIO567 2005
'Beautiful Day' Shakatak VICP-62971 2005
'Din & Tonic' Janette Mason FMJP10001 2004
'Midnight Lounge' Jody Watley MUSE RECORDS 2003
'Celebrating The Jazz Couriers' Vol.2 Celebrating The Jazz Couriers TRIO TR561 2002
'Love And Pain' Sarah Jane Morris FALLEN ANGEL 2002
'Celebrating The Jazz Couriers' Vol.1 Celebrating The Jazz Couriers TRIO TR556  2001
'August' Sarah Jane Morris FALLEN ANGEL  2001
'Nothing Can Hold Us Back' Eastwest Connection CFCD006  2000
'Perfect Alibi' Claire Martin LINN AKD122  2000
'The Blue Window' Roger Odell's 'Beatifik' PASSION JAZZ CD PJA 14  2000
'Take My Heart' Claire Martin LINN AKD093  1999
'Got A Match' Martin Drew JAZZIZIT JITCD9919  1999
'The Durham Connection' Stan Tracey Big Band 33JAZZ049  1998
'Take No Prisoners' Derek Nash's 'Sax Appeal' JAZZIZIT  1998
'Fallen Angel' Sarah Jane Morris IRMA  1998
"Live" Don Weller Big Band 33JAZZ032  1997
'The Echo Of A Song' Ian Shaw JHCD 048  1996
'For Madmen Only' Roadside Picnic MELT MUSIC


'Lunar Spell' Andrea Vicari 33JAZZ036  1995
'Take It To Hart' Ian Shaw JAZZHOUSE  1995
'Blue Valentine' Sarah Jane Morris JAZZHOUSE  1995
'Suburban Gorillas' Andrea Vicari 33JAZZ016  1994
'Mornington Lockett' Mornington Lockett EFZ 1006  1994
'Never Pat A Burning Dog' Ronnie Scott JHCD 012  1993
'Heaven' Sarah Jane Morris VIRGIN  1993
'Flat Out' Derek Nash's 'Sax Appeal' JAZZIZIT JITCD 9503  1992
'Vanishing Point' Jo Hubbard MUSIC MAKER CMMR921  1991
'Into The Nineties' Jim Mullen 6 STRINGS SAPCD101  1990


" One of the country's most accomplished contemporary
improvisers ... with a fearsome technique and an advanced
harmonic approach "
Time Out

" Saxophonist Mornington Lockett must be one of the most complete masters of the instrument alive today... "
The Observer

" Locomotive tenorist outsteams the competition "
The Guardian

" Abrasive and roaring one moment, then cutting suddenly to a
gentle caress - exciting stuff "
The Venue

" Sounds like Hendrix on sax "
Noel Gallagher