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The Ben Crosland Quintet:

Ben Crosland Quartet, Featuring Steve Waterman

BEN CROSLAND bass - STEVE WATERMAN trumpet/flugelhorn


"Excellent writing and playing" JOHN FORDHAM The Guardian "Let's hope that this band gets the breaks it deserves" DAVE GELLY The Observer


    8th Sheffield Lescar (0114 268 6850)
    11th and 12th Hawick Borders Jazz and Blues Festival (01450 373222)
    21st Scarborough Scholars Bar (01723 360084)
    22nd Hull Goodfellowship Inn (01482 492868)
    23rd Wentworth, South Yorkshire Wentworth Church Music Festival (01226 743247)
    24th Warrington Padgate Recreation Centre (01925 815069)
    25th Darlington Arts Centre (01325 281087)
    26th Halifax Square Chapel Centre for the Arts (01422 349422)
    29th London 606 Club (0207 352 5953)
    30th Nottingham Bonington Theatre (0115 956 1571)


    1st Boxford, Suffolk The Fleece (01621 855574)
    8th Marsden, West Yorkshire Marsden Jazz Festival (01484 843701) with special guests Tim
    Garland and Rod Mason




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


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

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.


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

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"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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"

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

    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)



After leading his Quintet and Octet for over 10 years, to considerable critical acclaim, Ben Crosland formed his Quartet in 2000, in order to further develop his compositional and improvisational skills in a more intimate and challenging setting. The group combines three of the finest Northern based musicians with a player of true international standing.

Melodic, engaging compositions by Crosland and Waterman sit alongside contemporary readings of choice standards in live performance. The band has toured nationally with Jazz Services support and its debut album, 'Heartland', has received enthusiastic reviews.

Having worked regularly together since its formation, the Quartet has developed a strong identity, combining attacking fire with a cooler European sensibility, a sense of dynamics with a sense of fun.
Ben Crosland (bass)

Having studied with Jeff Clyne, Crosland became a busy freelance bass player, playing in various bands during the '80's with Northern based players including Nikki Iles, Mike Walker, Rod Mason and Pete Fairclough and working as a sideman, supporting leading UK and American players including Dick Morrissey, Ronnie Ross, Ken Peplowski and Harry Allen.
In 1990, he formed his Quintet, a band that worked extensively across the North, working with a variety of guest soloists including Jean Toussaint, Peter King, Guy Barker and Gerard Presencer. The Quintet collaborated closely during the '90's with Alan Skidmore and Steve Waterman, touring and recording. Crosland formed his Octet, featuring Alan Skidmore, Mark Nightingale and Steve Waterman, in 2000, touring with Jazz Services support and recording. Crosland has recorded with Jim Mullen and is a member of John Etheridge's Trio North.
Steve Waterman (trumpet/flugelhorn)

Waterman is acknowledged as one of the top jazz trumpet players both in UK and on the international scene. He began his career studying at Trinity College of Music and since then he has worked regularly on the British and European Jazz Scene. Steve has his own Quartet and Quintet with which he has recorded two critically acclaimed CDs of his own compositions, he has also worked with John Surman's Brass Project, and has toured Europe playing at many of the major Jazz Festivals with the Carla Bley Big Band and recording two albums on the ECM label. He has worked regularly and recorded with a variety of artists, including Andy Sheppard, Tony Coe, Victor Mendoza and Mal Waldron.
As a composer, Steve has received a number of commissions ranging from small group to big band from artists including George Haslam, Robin Jones and the Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Stuart McCallum (guitar)

Stuart began playing guitar at 15. He studied with Mike Walker and has already developed a distinctive voice on his instrument in the fertile Manchester musical environment. He has toured and recorded with Manchester funk band Future Shock and the wonderful John Ellis Big Bang. He is a leader himself, having already played at London's Jazz Cafe‚ with his own band, and is rapidly acquiring a major profile, working with Neil Yates Creed and appearing, to critical acclaim, at the 2002 Appleby Jazz Festival as a member of Don Weller's Relapse. He also works in Geoff Gascoigne's band.
An exciting and original musician in his '20's, he is another excellent model from the Manchester guitar 'production line' and is destined for national attention.
Dave Walsh (drums)

Dave has an outstanding musical pedigree, studying at Chetham's School of Music, Manchester and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is greatly in demand as a sideman working with many of the North's finest bands as well as leading UK soloists including Dave O'Higgins, Anthony Kerr, Julian Arguelles, Ben Castle, Nigel Hitchcock, Byron Wallen and Bobby Wellins. Dave is an inspirational drummer, displaying creativity and musicality in everything that he plays. He is a joyful musician who always plays with a smile on his face. Dave's exciting playing is sure to bring him national recognition in the near future.

11. Rod Mason/Jim Mullen Quartet. Recreation Centre, Padgate, Warrington.
12. Rod Mason/Jim Mullen Quartet. Cork's Wine Bar, Otley
13. Rod Mason/Jim Mullen Quartet. Hi Fi Club, Leeds

12. John Etheridge Trio North. Matt and Phred's Jazz Club, Manchester

10. Dave Tyas Quartet. Puzzle Hall Inn, Halifax
15. Threeway. Wylde Green United Reformed Church, Sutton Coldfield

11. Ben Crosland Quartet. Silkstone Festival, Barnsley
30. Ben Crosland Quartet. The Spin, Oxford

11. Ben Crosland Quartet. Cleethorpes Jazz Festival
28. Rod Mason/Jim Mullen Quartet. Goodfellowship Inn, Hull
29. Rod Mason/Jim Mullen Quartet. Gumbley's Jazz Club, Stafford
30. Rod Mason/Jim Mullen Quartet. Wakefield Jazz Club

01. Rod Mason/Jim Mullen Quartet. Club 111, Sheffield
07. Andy Sheppard/Steve Lodder. Marsden Jazz Festival

25. John Etheridge Trio North. Wakefield Jazz Club

07. John Etheridge Trio North. Goodfellowship Inn, Hull
09. John Etheridge Trio North. Recreation Centre, Padgate, Warrington