Ben’s quartet jazzes up hall

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FOUR up-and-coming jazz musicians will play the best of modern and traditional jazz with their own blend of folk and funk-inspired original compositions at a unique concert at Pitstone Memorial Hall next Saturday.

The Ben Treacher Quartet are all in their final year of a degree course in music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

Ben, 21, from Orchard Way in Pitstone, whose influences include Charlie Bird Parker, Stan Getz and Cannonball Adderley, has secured a place at the Utrecht Conservatoire for the autumn term 2012.

He will study under a number of top saxophone teachers before returning to Cardiff in January.

He has already played with jazz greats including Pete King, Johnny Dankworth, Frank Mantooth, Kenny Wheeler and Norman Winston, and has performed at major venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the O2 in London.

The rest of the group consists of 23 year-old guitarist Stuart Power, drummer Rod Oughton, 19, and double bass player Adam Thorne who is 22.

The performance is dedicated to Ben’s late grandfather Ron Treacher who served on Pitstone Parish Council for 36 years, 24 of them as chairman, and worked tirelessly to ensure that the Memorial Hall was built in 1975.

Half the profits from the event will go to hall funds.

The Ben Treacher Quartet will play at Pitstone Memorial Hall on Saturday, August 11 at 8pm – doors open at 7.30pm.

Call 01296 668094 for tickets or pick them up from Ivinghoe Post Office and the Masons Stores in Pitstone.