Admission prices are
£3 (Students’ Union Members & Schoolchildren)
Concerts commence at 8:30pm
The Farmers Arms
Near St Asaph
THE FARMERS ARMS
The Farmers Arms is an 18th century country inn offering good food and drink in comfortable surroundings. On jazz nights, meals are served from 5.30pm, so why not come early and relax
before the concert?
To reserve a table, call the Farmers Arms on
The Farmers Arms is situated in the Vale of Clwyd
one and a half miles off the A55 Expressway
(Exit at Junction 28 and follow the sign for Trefnant)
We present the return of this first-rate band led by Yorkshire bass player Ben Crosland, 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 others' company.
It’s definitely an evening not to be missed!
For further information telephone 01745 812260
Wednesday 11 June / Dydd Mercher 11 Mehefin
BEN CROSLAND QUARTET
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.
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)
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.