Tuesday, 15 May, 2012

8.30 - 11.00pm
£5 on the door

Ben started his playing early, achieving distinction on clarinet at the age of thirteen. Encouraged by his father, the musician and entertainer Roy Castle, Ben was soon playing in many bands and after leaving school he studied at the Guildhall School of Music. His playing, writing and arranging credits include Carleen Anderson, Jamie Cullum, Sting, Stan Tracey, Lalo Schifrin, Culture Club, Andy Williams, Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Jools Holland and Kyle Eastwood. "On tenor and soprano saxophone is Ben Castle, a brilliant young musician whose failure to win either the Rising Star or Best Instrumentalist categories at the recent BBC Jazz Awards was surprising, not to say scandalous.." - Jack Massarik, Evening Standard. "One of my satisfactions running Ronnie’s is hearing young musicians and I am much impressed by tenor saxophonist Ben Castle, his command of the tenor quite exceptional, particularly of the instrument’s lower register" - Pete King.