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The Ben Martin Quartet play the music of Rodgers & Hart

The Ben Martin Quartet play the music of Rodgers & Hart

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The Ben Martin Quartet play the music of Rodgers & Hart

“As Rodgers and Hart see it, what was killing musicomedy was its sameness, its tameness, its eternal rhyming of June with moon.”

“…immaculate taste and lyricism”John Fordham, The Guardian
“…seriously good saxophonist” – Richard Williams, The Guardian

Following their sell-out Peggy’s shows featuring the music of Shirley Scott/Stanley Turrentine, Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn and Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto/Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Ben Martin Quartet take on the music of one of Ben’s favourite composer/lyricist partnerships; Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart were introduced in 1919 while Rodgers was still in high school and Hart had already graduated from Columbia University. One of their first collaborations together was at Columbia, and resulted in the 1920 Varsity Show, Fly With Me which incidentally also involved Oscar Hammerstein.

After writing together for several years, they produced their first successful Broadway musical, The Garrick Gaieties, in 1925, which introduced their hit song “Manhattan” and led to a series of successful musicals and films. They quickly became among the most popular songwriters in America, and from 1925 to 1931 had fifteen scores featured on Broadway.

In the early 1930s they moved to Hollywood, where they created several popular songs for film, such as Isn’t It Romantic and Lover before returning to Broadway in 1935 with Billy Rose’s Jumbo. From 1935 to Hart’s death in 1943, they wrote a string of highly regarded Broadway musicals, most of which were hits. Many of their stage musicals from the late 1930s were made into films, including On Your Toes (1936) and Babes In Arms (1937) and their masterpiece Pal Joey (1940).

Hart’s lyrics; facile, vernacular, dazzling, sometimes playful, sometimes melancholic, raised the standard for Broadway song writing. “His ability to write cleverly and to come up with unexpected, polysyllabic rhymes was something of a trademark, but he also had the even rarer ability to write with utmost simplicity and deep emotion.”

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



14 Apr 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
  • Though we can guarantee that you will have a table, we cannot guarantee exactly where, as we do our best to fulfil all customers requirements
  • 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
  • You can view a seating plan here


  • Please email to reserve a suitable seat for you and your party
  • We have an accessible toilet on the ground floor

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