Jazz at the Keys presents high quality modern jazz performed by leading musicians in convivial and atmospheric surroundings at an affordable price. We aspire to entertain and enthuse in the hope that you will discover the delights and surprises of this wonderful music created in the moment. Whether you are a jazz aficionado, simply curious as to what jazz is all about, or somewhere in between, we extend a warm welcome to you all. Licensed Bar
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Autumn-Winter Season 2017 - 13th October. Ben Crosland Quintet plays the Ray Davies Songbook
"…the album swings consistently…with this sharp, cogent collection, a dedicated follower of Ray Davies has made him a well-respected jazz composer too." The Times
"…a lot of affection, a lot of respect for those unforgettable melodies and a whole lotta damn fine playing…these well respected men have done Mr. Davies proud" Jazzwise
"…I thought it was very good and well played. Your album is easy to listen to and I like the sound with the tenor and soprano sax. The improvisation is so good. Well done!" Mick Avory, the Kinks
In 2016 The Ben Crosland Quintet released the critically acclaimed album The Ray Davies Songbook, a tribute to the Kinks iconic singer/composer Ray Davies.
Crosland began his musical education at the age of thirteen playing along to the Kinks' singles on the Dansette in his bedroom. Fifty years on, he has discovered new subtleties and strengths in Ray Davies' compositions and has assembled a quintet of international standing to record and perform his imaginative arrangements
The Quintet features Crosland on bass, Dave O'Higgins on tenor and soprano saxophones, John Etheridge on guitar, Steve Lodder on piano and keyboards, and Sebastiaan de Krom on drums.
Strong grooves, a natural swing and strong, evocative melodies characterise Ray Davies' songs which allows them to be beautifully re-interpreted in a more contemporary fashion. From straight-ahead swing through 8th feel grooves and ballads to reggae, Crosland and the band shine a new light on these classic songs.
The album was nominated by respected jazz writer Brian Morton as one of his albums of the year in the Jazz Journal Critics' Poll 2016.
The House Band
|Ben Crosland||Dave Tyas|
Jazz at the Keys - Great Music - Great Ambience
Jazz At The Keys - 2017 Autumn - Winter Season
|8th September||13th October||10th November||6th December|
|Snake Davis with the Ben Crosland Trio||Ben Crosland Quintet plays the Ray Davies Songbook||Simon Spillett with the Ben Crosland Trio||Dave Newton/Jon Taylor Quartet|
Jazz At The Keys - 2017 Spring - Summer Season
|11th February||25th March||8th. April||1st July|
|John Ethridge||Alan Barnes with Ben Crosland Trio||Mike Walker/Iain Dixon Quartet||Alan Skidmore with Ben Crosland Trio|
Jazz At The Keys - 2016 Autumn-Winter Season
|9th September||1st October||5th November||2nd December|
|Snake Davis||Mark Nightingale||Tina May with Nikki Iles Trio||Art Themen|
Jazz At The Keys - 2016 Spring-Summer Season
|6th February||5th March||2nd April||7th May||4th June||2nd July|
|Dave O'Higgins and Steve Waterman||Alan Barnes||Jim Mullen/Rod Mason Quartet||Stuart McCallum Trio.||Martin Shaw||Dennis Rollins|