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; Cecilia Coleman: piano; Simon Thorpe: bass; Matt Home: 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

Cecilia Coleman: piano

Leader of a stimulating quintet, and a talented pianist/composer whose music becomes more original with each year, Cecilia Coleman performs regularly in Los Angeles clubs. She began on piano when she was six. After graduating from college in 1986, she played in the L.A. area and was a member of the Benn Clatworthy Quartet (with whom she recorded for Discovery) during 1987-1991. On the east coast, Cecilia works and records with her NYC-based quintet and trio and she is the accompanist for the Modern Dance Center of Westchester in Bronxville. She has lately formed a big band featuring her own compositions and arrangements which has frequent gigs at NYC venues. The band’s first recording, engineered and mixed by the legendary Rudy Van Gelder, is out: “Oh Boy!”

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.

Matt Home: drums

Born in Huddersfield, Matt started with the trumpet when he was six but switched to drums at 8, After studying at Leeds College of Music he moved to London and soon began playing with many of  the leading musicians in London, the UK and Europe. Matt works regularly with leading British and US artists and has also played in jazz festivals throughout Europe and South America with Ray Gelato. Current projects include the Brandon Allen Quartet with whom he appears regularly at Ronnie Scott’s club, and the Nigel Price Organ Trio with whom he has had a ten year collaboration.