Tusday 11 June / Dydd Mawrth 11 Mehefin
BEN CROSLAND QUARTET




Featuring

Rod Mason (pictured-Saxophone)

Paul Kilvington (piano)

Dave Tyas (drums)

 


THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION, Llay, LL12 0RL
Commencing 8.30pm approx

Admission £6.50, Concessions £5.50,
NWJS Members £5, Students' Union Members £3
Further info: 01745 812260

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We present the return of this first-rate band led by Yorkshire bass player

Ben Crosland, featuring Rod Mason on sax, which brings together a group of long-term playing partners each of whom is a leader in his own right, resulting in a relaxed joining of kindred spirits and a mature and energetic performance in which there are no conflicting egos, only a desire to play good music, entertain, and enjoy each other's company.

It’s definitely an evening not to be missed!

In the early 1980s, having played guitar for several years, Ben Crosland took up bass guitar and turned seriously to jazz, studying with one of the UK's finest bass players, Jeff Clyne. In 1990 he formed the Ben Crosland Quintet, which worked with such jazz greats as Jean Toussaint, Peter King, Guy Barker and

Gerard Presencer, performed at Wigan, Llangollen, Manchester and Marsden

Jazz Festivals and toured Holland and Belgium. The group's first two albums, Northern Run with saxman Alan Skidmore, and A Dale's Day with the well-known Steve Waterman, won critical acclaim and the band was featured several times on BBC Radio 2's Jazz Parade and the Radio 2 Arts Programme. Ben, who went on to extend his band to an octet including the above two great players and the renowned Mark Nightingale, has recorded a total of seven CDs

and is currently a member of John Etheridge's Trio North.

Featured saxophonist Rod Mason, whose playing has been described as world class, is equally at home on soprano, alto and tenor saxes, bass clarinet and flute.

A member of Ben Crosland's quintet from the beginning, Rod also performs in the celebrated jazz/blues outfit Back Door. His own quartet's albums, The Return of the Room Darkener, a reference to Rod's physical girth, and Underlying Currents, have won widespread praise. Rod Mason has performed with the internationally acclaimed Andy Sheppard, Tim Garland and, in the Voice of the North Orchestra, with John Surman and has appeared alongside the well-known John Etheridge and Annie Whitehead at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in London's Soho

with the renowned band, The Zappatistas.

Completing the line-up of the Ben Crosland Quartet are

Paul Kilvington (keyboards), already a favourite player with

North Wales jazz audiences, and the excellent Dave Tyas (drums).