Jazz at St John's - 2nd March, 7.30pm

This exciting new quartet, made up of four musician well established on the UK and International jazz scene, draw on their wide variety of influences and experience to bring their own twist on compositions old and new. They are making a short debut tour during the first half of March 2019. 

This offers a welcome and rare chance to catch Ben Castle, now resident in Dublin, one of the most celebrated and in demand musicians of his generation, who has worked with a wide array of artists including Stevie Wonder, Sting, Radiohead, Amy Winehouse, Tony Bennet, Stan Tracey and Quincy Jones to name but a few. Ben is also an award winning arranger and composer for film and television. He is the son of the late, much loved entertainer Roy Castle.

Mark Edwards has been Katie Melua’s pianist for the past 5 years. He has also worked with Paul Weller, Incognito, Chris Rea, Dave Stewart, Johhny Dankworth, KT Tunstall, Daryl Hall, Bobby Wellins and many others over a 30 year career. He was a member of the band ‘Aztec Camera’ for 8 years, and has toured worldwide and appeared at many prestigious jazz festivals such as Montreal, Montreux, North Sea and Mount Fuji. He also runs his own eclectic band ‘The Cloggz’. 

Darren Beckett, having returned to the Uk recently after a 20 year stint based in New York, also has an impressive CV. He played with Madeleine Peyroux for 10 years, and currently plays with The Killer’s frontman Brandon Flowers. He has also toured the world, playing everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Royal Albert Hall, and with such names as Lauren Hill, Brad Melhdau and Lee Konitz, as well as undertaking recording sessions for iconic producers Daniel Lanois and Ethan Johns.

Arnie Somogyi is one of the UK’s outstanding bass players and band leaders, alongside being a lecturer at The Royal Academy of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire and Trinity College. Equally at home in Jazz, pop, electronica and film music he has worked with American legends such Art Farmer, Randy Brecker and the Mingus Big Band, Richard Ashcroft, and Omar. He has composed music for video games, appeared on several film soundtracks including “The Talented Mr.Ripley”, and has made two Radio 4 documentaries tracing his musical and ancestral roots in Transylvania and Lithuania.

Click through to St John's Church, Meads ticket office here