Birmingham Jazz presents

Classic pop meets top-level jazz on Friday evening.

In 2016 the Ben Crosland Quintet released the critically acclaimed album The Ray Davies Songbook, a tribute to the Kinks iconic singer/composer Ray Davies.

Crosland had begun his musical education at the age of thirteen playing along to the Kinks’ singles on the Dansette in his bedroom. Fifty years on, he has discovered new subtleties and strengths in those classic compositions and has assembled a quintet of international standing to record and perform his imaginative arrangements.

Strong grooves, a natural swing and strong, evocative melodies characterise Davies’ songs which allows them to be beautifully re-interpreted in a more contemporary fashion. Ben Crosland brings a five-piece all-star band with him to the 1000 Trades on 1st October to perform the Ray Davies Songbook.

1000 Trades, 16 Frederick Street, Jewellery Quarter, B1 3HE.

Tickets: Advance standard £12.50, members £10, students £5 (on the door £15/£12/£5).