A glamorous night with Benn

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Saxophonist Benn Clatworthy brings a touch of international glamour to The Cask on Wednesday November 7.

Benn moved to Los Angeles in 1980 having been active on the London scene since the 1960s. Once there, he was recommended for the great Horace Silver’s band.

It was Siver who introduced Benn to Discovery Records, resulting in his first CD release. Now with 16 CDs to his name he has played with many jazz greats including Cedar Walton, Jimmy Cleveland and Lionel Hampton.

Benn’s great grandmother was the Broadway star Gertrude Lawrence and he got together with Anita Wardell in 2003 to make a recording of material associated the great singer and actress.

He regularly commutes between here and the United States and on this visit he brings top quality musicians. Pianist John Donaldson is a nimble and fluent soloist and a sophisticated accompanist. Simon Thorpe on double bass is noted for the deep sonority of his tone and his firm timekeeping. Josh Morrison is one of this country’s exemplary drummers. Add Benn’s excellent tenor sax and flute playing, and this is a gig that is not to be missed.

Tickets are £8. 8.45pm start.