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ARCHIVE THE BEN CROSLAND QUINTET

REPERTOIRE

The Quintet plays material ranging from the classic 'Blue Note' era of the 1950s' and 1960s' to original compositions by Ben Crosland.

"This is jazz with a twinkle; fast lane music which puts the spirits into overdrive."

Yorkshire Post

PERSONNEL BEN CROSLAND (bass)

The leader of the Quintet, he provides its harmonic and rhythmic foundation. He also composes and arranges much of the group's material. He was Bass Guitar Tutor at the Wavendon Jazz Summer School for several years. He presents jazz on radio, in concert and at festivals. A busy sideman, he has worked with Spike Robinson, George Masso, Howard Alden, Ken Peplowski and Harry Allen, amongst others, and has toured as a member of the Jim Mullen/John Etheridge Quartet.
"His compositions are colourful, beguiling and thoroughly musical."

Jazz Journal International

ROD MASON (soprano, alto, tenor saxophones and flute)

A powerful and extrovert performer who is a firm audience favourite, he can also produce the most tender reading of ballads. He leads his own group. A busy freelance player in the jazz and blues fields, he has worked alongside Albert King and Walter Trout.
MIKE HALL (soprano and tenor saxophones)

Like many leading British players, he began his career in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra before joining Michael Garrick's group with whom he has broadcast and toured. He has worked with Tony Coe and Red Rodney, amongst others, and leads his own group, "Blueprint". He is currently Co-ordinator of Jazz Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music
STEVE BUCKLEY (guitar)

An alumnus of the City of Leeds College of Music, he has developed into a major guitar talent. He has worked with Georgie Fame and Martin Taylor, amongst others, has undertaken several years' session work in television and leads his own group. With influences which include Robben Ford and George Benson he brings a bluesy contemporary bite and freshness to the band.
DAVE TYAS (drums)

The consummate professional, comfortable in any context, he is a truly musical drummer, powerful or sensitive as the situation demands, always swinging. His playing credits over the years include Bud Shank, A] Grey, Buddy Tate, Harry 'Sweets' Edison and Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis.

THE BEN CROSLAND QUINTET BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

1990
January Debut gig at Wakefield Jazz Club
June    Appearance at Beaumaris Festival
August    Broadcast on BBC Radio 2 "Jazz Parade"

1991
April    Tour of Holland and Belgium
May    Appearance at Llangollen International Jazz Festival
July    Appearance at Wigan International Jazz Festival
September Broadcast on BBC Radio 2 "Jazz Parade"

1992
March    Tour of Belgium
May    Appearance at lst Keswick Jazz Festival
July    Appearance at Sheffield Jazz Festival
September Concert at the Stables Theatre, Wavendon
October    Appearance with Alan Skidmore at the lst Marsden Jazz Festival

1993
May    Appearance at Keswick Jazz Festival.
September    Broadcast on BBC Radio 2 "The Radio 2 Arts Programme"
National tour with Alan Skidmore
October    Appearance with Jean Toussaint at Marsden Jazz Festival

1994
May Appearance with Bruce Adams at the Red Lion Inn, Huddersfield Appearance at Llangollen International Jazz Festival
August    Appearance with Alan Skidmore at the Red Lion Inn, Huddersfield
October    Appearance with Alan Barnes arid Bruce Adams at the Marsden Jazz Festival

1995
February Appearance with Alan Skidmore at Wakefield Jazz Club'
May    Appearance with Mark Nightingale at Wakefield Jazz Club. Appearance at Llangollen International Jazz Festival
June    Release of debut CD 'The Northern Run' featuring Alan Skidmore
July    Appearance at Wigan International Jazz Festival
August    'The Northern Run' featured on Humphrey Lyttleton's Radio 2 Jazz Progranime
October    Appearance with Jim Mullen at Marsden Jazz Festival
Appearance with Art Themen at the Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield
December Appearance with Don Weller at the Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield

1996
January    Appearance with Alan Skidmore at the Piper Club, Hull
February Appearance with Dave 0'Higgins at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
March    Appearance with Jim Mullen at Wakefield Jazz Club
April    Appearance with Mark Nightingale at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
May    Appearance at Keswick Jazz Festival
June    Appearance with Jean Toussaint at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
September Appearance with Nigel Hitchcock at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
October    Appearance with Gerard Presencer at the Marsden Jazz Festival
November Appearance with Mornington Lockett at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
December Appearance with Mike Carr at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

1997
February Appearance with Alan Skidmore atthe Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
April Appearance with Don Weller at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
Appearance with Gerard Presencer at Wakefield Jazz Club
May Appearance with Gerard Presencer at the Dee Street Club, Hull
July Appearance at Grimsby International Jazz Festival
Appearance at Wigan International Jazz Festival
October    Appearance with Mike Carr at Marsden Jazz Festival. Appearance with Guy Barker at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
November Appearance with Peter King at the Lawrence Batley Theatre. Appearance with Gerard Presencer at the Screen, Scunthorpe. Appearance with Jim Mullen at the Lawrence Batley Theatre
December Appearance at Wigan Jazz Club

1998
April    Appearances with Alan Skidmore at Wakefield Jazz Club and the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
June    Appearance at Manchester Jazz Festival with Steve Waterman
September    Release of the CD 'A Dales Day' (JCCD 103) recorded with Steve Waterman
October    'A Dales Day' featured on Humphrey Lyttleton's Best of Jazz programme

1999
May Appearance at Llangollen International Jazz Festival Appearance with Steve Waterman at Scarborough Jazz Club Appearance with Alan Skidmore at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
June Appearance with Steve Waterman at the Swaledale Festival
July Appearance with Steve Waterman on Yorkshire T.V.'s "The Dales Diary" presented by Luke Casey, which also featured music from "A Dales Day"

2000
March
Jazz Services Tour with Alan Skidmore Mark Nightingale and Steve Waterman to celebrate the Quintet's 10th Anniversary

    Itinerary
    2nd Bonington Theatre, Nottingham
    15th Dee Dee Street Club, Hull
    16th Corner House Hotel, Newcastle
    17th Wakefield Jazz Club
    23rd Biggin Hall, Coventry*
    25th Royal Festival Hall Foyer, London*
    (*Dave O'Higgins replaced Alan Skidmore on these dates)