Vaughan Hawthorne-Nelson

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Over his career, saxophonist and composer Vaughan Hawthorne-Nelson has crafted an unmistakable sound that is deeply communicative. Those who have heard him live, are immediately struck by the depth of emotion he brings to every performance. He has led bands including some of the leading lights of jazz including Julian Joseph, Jason Rebello, Bheki Mseleku, Mark Mondesir and Gary Husband to name a few. Accepted into the world famous Berklee College of Music at the age of 17, by 20 he had already recorded two albums Emanon and The Path featuring: Julian Joseph, Jason Rebello, Steve Williamson and Cleveland Watkiss. In 1995 he formed his own record label TML Records and released the aptly titled Emergence. Emergence has been described as "…an accomplished, powerful and spiritually uplifting album…". The Gift followed a year later and is imbued with a spirit of joy and release. In 1999 Vaughan released See You There, featuring the late great South African pianist Bheki Mseleku, Mark Mondesir on drums and Jeremy Brown on acoustic bass. Bheki was to be an ideal companion to the searching sound of his music. The album and subsequent tour cemented Vaughan's reputation as a world class performer and was followed in 2001 by the live release of the band in fiery form 'Live at The Wardrobe'. In 2005 Vaughan wrote The Freedom Suite which receiving its premier performance at The Purcell Room in London featuring Julian Joseph on piano and Gary Husband on drums. The suite was dedicated to Aram Rawf then a Kurdish asylum seeker fighting Home Office deportation to war torn Iraq. Aram successfully became a British Citizen in 2009. The suite's message of healing, hope and unity remains applicable to the current social and political landscape. In 2019 Vaughan turned his hand to classical music and premiered his first string quartet and saxophone quintet with the Leon String Quartet at St Augustine’s Church, Ramsgate. He continues to compose in a wide range of styles and genres.

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