Ben Crosland Quintet

Date: Thursday, 31 August 2023
Time: 8:45 pm - 11:00 pm

The Quartet features Rod Mason (saxophones), Dean Stockdale (piano) and Dave Tyas (drums), all leading figures on the northern jazz scene. The band will feature material by contemporary composers including Jaco Pastorius, Bob Mintzer, Mike Mainieri and Don Grolnick as well as originals penned by Crosland, including several of his arrangements of the iconic songs of the legendary Kinks’ songwriter Ray Davies featured on his album ‘The Ray Davies Songbook’: –

“…the album swings consistently…with this sharp, cogent collection, a dedicated follower of Ray Davies has made him a well-respected jazz composer too.’ The Times
‘Excellent bassist/bandleader’ – The Guardian

‘Fluid and inventive contemporary bassist’ The Independent

‘His compositions are colourful, beguiling and thoroughly musical’ Mark Gilbert, Jazz Journal International

‘An unaffectedly lyrical composer of direct and evocative melodies that draw in the uninitiated and jazz cognoscenti alike’ – John Fordham. London Jazz News

For those that remember the original Puzzle Jazz Night, we’re rekindling that swing and groove, the last Thursday of the month.

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