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Jazz from Scotland

june 2020

fri26jun20:0022:00Ben Crosland Quintet play The Ray Davies SongbookLangtoun Jazz Festival 2020 Concert 4Old Kirk, Kirk WyndCountry:ScotlandCity:fife


(Friday) 20:00 - 22:00


Old Kirk

Kirk Wynd

Concert Details

Ben Crosland brings The Ray Davies Songbook, a great project that has proved very popular with Ray Davies fans and jazz followers in equal measure.

Ray Davies songs are rooted in the blues, music hall, popular song, variety and musical theatre the perfect vehicles for jazz interpretation and rearrangement by bass player, Ben
commissioned by Marsden Jazz Festival in 2015 and since recorded on 2 volumes The Ray Davies Songbook Volume 1 and 2

Originally a guitarist and sometime drummer, Ben Crosland took up the bass in the late 70s when no one in the function band he was forming wanted to play it! He began to play jazz bass seriously when inspired by beginning a 10 year association with the Wavendon Summer Jazz Course in 1982 , firstly as a student soaking up the wisdom of the late, great Jeff Clyne and later assisting Jeff with the bass guitar students as an assistant tutor. In 1987, he became a member of the Huddersfield Jazz house band, working with Don Rendell, Ian Carr, Dick Morrissey, Bobby Wellins, Louis Stewart, Ronnie Ross and Bill Le Sage amongst many others.

For this very special gig Ben is delighted to team up with some fine Scottish musicians for the first time
Malcolm MacFarlane, guitar
Alan Benzie, piano
Gordon McNeil, sax
Tom Gordon, drums