Quartet guest at Cask

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SAXOPHONIST Alan Skidmore and the Ben Crosland Quartet will be Scarborough Jazz’s guests at the Cask tonight, to be followed next week by Pat McCarthy and Rick Woolgar.

A heavyweight of UK and European jazz, Alan has played with a galaxy of star musicians including Eric Clapton, Georgie Fame, Ronnie Scott, Chick Corea and Charles Mingus.

“During a long career he has recorded with so many top musicians that the full list reads like an encyclopedia of jazz,” says promoter Dick Armstrong. The best known include Kenny Wheeler, John Surman, Tony Oxley, Herbie Hancock and Elvin Jones.

Alan began playing professionally aged 16 and made the first of many BBC Jazz Club broadcasts three years later. Alan is much in demand with a hectic schedule.

The Ben Crosland Quartet is made up of Rod Mason on saxes, Paul Kilvington on piano, Dave Tyas on drums and Ben on electric bass.

“The quartet alone would give a fine evening of jazz, so to have Alan Skidmore as well puts a cherry on top,” says Dick. 

Tickets cost £7 (£6 in advance).

Guitarist Pat McCarthy and tenor sax player Rick Woolgar have played together since the early nineties.

Pat describes Rick as “a lovely player with a very melodic approach”.  A professional saxophonist since 1979, Rick has worked in most aspects of the music business and is active in jazz education.

Pat has played with most UK jazz musicians of note. He is a member of the Jamil Sheriff Octet and Laura Fowles’ quartet. He recently played with Gareth Williams, John Horler, Spike Wells, Dave Green and fellow guitarist Jim Mullen. 

Last year Pat appeared at Birmingham International Festival with Art Themen and at Grimsby Festival with Alec Dankworth and Alan Barnes.

Described by Humphrey Lyttelton as “a world-class guitarist”, Pat is also a composer, arranger and jazz educator. 

“With Rick coming out of the ‘cool school’ and Pat championing the classic jazz guitar sound, we can look forward to a splendid evening of jazz,” says Dick. 

They will be backed by the Mike Gordon Trio.  Admission will cost £2.