Gig Details

Friday 26 October. 20:00 – 22:30.

At Crookes Social Club

Full £15, Concessions £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 18 year olds £3, Under 15s Free.

Advance tickets available from at the same net price as on the door.

Benn Clatworthy: sax; John Donaldson piano; Simon Thorpe: bass; Darren Beckett: drums

From storming post-Coltrane energy to beautiful ballad playing, Los Angeles-based Benn Clatworthy has matured into a truly great tenor player. A favourite with Sheffield audiences for many years for his emotional playing and his dry sense of humour, supported by a top-class rhythm section.

Always popular with the Sheffield Jazz audience, Benn Clatworthy brings a very strong quartet for this gig. Benn is a truly impressive modern jazz tenor whom Ronnie Scott rated as one of the best UK players he had ever heard.  He was born in England in 1955 but he has been a resident of Los Angeles since 1980, where he has established himself as an important talent.  Born in England 1955, Benn Clatworthy grew up in London. Active in the London music scene during the 1970’s, he moved to Los Angeles in 1980 where he studied Saxophone, Flute, and Clarinet with Phil Sobel. In the late 80’s he was recommended for Horace Silver’s band, Horace in turn recommended Benn to discovery records resulting in his first CD release as a leader “Thanks Horace”.

Benn has performed with: Horace Silver, The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Billy Higgins, Cedar Walton, Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Cyndi Lauper and many others.

“It would be difficult for me to think of a harder working musician than Benn Clatworthy. A tenor saxophonist that is every bit the player that Joshua Redman is, Clatworthy has been a staple in Los Angeles clubs for the past two decades” –

“Clatworthy proves practice makes perfect”LA Times

“A master player”LA Weekly

“Some of the most emotive and creative jazz this side of Sonny Rollins”Edinburgh Evening News

“Sublime”Jazz Times

“Brilliant”London Evening Standard

“Astounds everyone”London Observer

John Donaldson: piano

John Donaldson is a gifted pianist and composer who won the prize for best soloist at the San Sebastian International Jazz Competition in 1980, moving to California in 1982 where he worked with, amongst others, Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard, Eddie Henderson, Red Holloway, and John Handy.  John returned to London in 1993 has since been working with Iain Ballamy, Art Themen, Clark Tracey, Alan Barnes, John Etheridge, and Norma Winstone. He has also accompanied visiting soloists including Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard, Buddy de Franco/Terry Gibbs, Scott Hamilton, and Ingrid Jensen.

Simon Thorpe: bass

Simon plays in many bands across the jazz spectrum and he leads several bands. His double bass style is strong and melodic, and has featured on numerous CDs with artists such as Stacey Kent, Alan Barnes, Bobby Wellins and Martin Speake.

Darren Beckett: drums

Born in Belfast, Darren started playing the drums at the age of 4. After winning the prestigious Bass Ireland Arts Award as a teenager, he left the Emerald Isle to study Jazz at The New School in NYC, where he still resides. Darren’s main gigs are Brandon Flowers (solo), Madeleine Peyroux, and French pop artist Emilie Simon which shows his diversity and adaptability. Never able to put down his drumsticks for long, he’s also part of Little Big; award-winning Jazz pianist Aaron Park’s band. He has toured the world, playing everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Royal Albert Hall. ​Darren is also the head of the Drum Department at The Academy of Contemporary Music, London.