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Ben Martin Quartet play the music of Stanley Turrentine [Jazz]

Ben Martin Quartet play the music of Stanley Turrentine [Jazz]

Doors at 7pm

Performance 8-10pm (with interval)

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Ben Martin Quartet plays the music of Stanley Turrentine

Stanley William Turrentine was an American jazz tenor saxophonist who began his career playing R&B for Earl Bostic, recorded straight ahead and soul jazz for Blue Note throughout the 1960s, and jazz fusion in the 1970s for the CTI label.

He was renowned for his distinctively thick, rippling tone and earthy grounding in the blues. Turrentine was married to organist Shirley Scott in the 1960s, with whom he frequently recorded and it is this decade of his career that the band is going to focus on. The couple recorded several notable albums including ‘Never Let Me Go’ under Stanley’s name and a live recording ‘Queen Of The Organ’ under Scott’s. He also recorded with soul jazz pianist Les McCann and master organist Jimmy Smith. Other albums include the sublime, slow smokin’ ‘Blue Hour’ (with The Three Sounds) with the incredible talents of Gene Harris at the piano and the critically acclaimed ’Up At Minton’s’ a live double album featuring Grant Green on guitar and Horace Parlon on piano. The session was recorded at Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem and received 5 star reviews.

Stanley finished the 60’s in fine form and in 1970 had a worldwide hit with the album and single ‘Sugar’ featuring heavyweight jazzers like George Benson, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter and Lonnie Liston Smith. It was his first recording with CTI after leaving Blue Note and a taster of a more modern electric sound he was pursuing.

The band are going to stick with Stanley’s 60’s material for this gig and will feature tracks such as Little Sheri, River’s invitation, Smiley Stacey and well known standards such as Broadway (not that one) Just In Time, and Since I Fell For You and of course Sugar.

Ben Martin – Tenor Saxophone
Matthew Ratcliffe – Organ
Martyn Spencer – Double Bass
Andrew Wood – Drums


16 May 2024

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  • General Admission (main seating area) – You can request to be seated in ‘Billie’ (front of stage), ‘Dizzy’ (raked theatre), ‘Mingus’ (near piano) or ‘Duke’ (side wall) and we will do our best to allocate you to your chosen seats
  • General Admission (Ella/Satchmo seating area) – you can request to be seated in ‘Ella’ (by the fireplace) or ‘Satchmo’ (by the windows). Please note, a few of these seats have a  restricted view
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  • All seats are at a table or bar where you can order food and drink with table service
  • If you are hoping to combine bookings or join an existing booking then please let us know in advance as we cannot guarantee that changes to our table plan will be possible on the night
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  • We have an accessible toilet on the ground floor


  • Concessionary tickets are available for anyone under 26; over 65; receiving Universal Credit or in possession of a current NUS card
  • If concessionary tickets are purchased alongside standard tickets, then you will all be seated together. Should your booking consist entirely of concessionary tickets then we will do our best to have you seated in your preferred section, but if the event fills up then seating priority will go to those who have purchased standard tickets

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