Friday 20 October 2023
BENET MCLEAN ORGAN QUARTET
Benet McLean is one of the most exciting contemporary jazz violinists to emerge in recent years!
For this special show, Benet returns to Jazz Café POSK to perform with Binker Golding, Liam Dunachie and Zoe Pascal in an evening of funky organ grooves!
Benet has received widespread praise for his innovative approach on violin and has a style that blends influences ranging from bebop to M-BASE. Also, an outstanding pianist, Benet has released several critically acclaimed albums and has received praise from The Guardian, Jazzwise, MOJO and the BBC. His highly anticipated debut album on violin is released later this year.
Benet has played with artists including Julian Joseph, Steve Williamson, Soweto Kinch, Jean Toussaint, Cleveland Watkiss, Jason Yarde, Orphy Robinson, Troy Miller, Omar, and Nightmares on Wax. He has performed at numerous venues across the UK and further afield, including London performances at Royal Festival Hall, King’s Place, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, The Jazz Cafe, Pizza Express Jazz Club and Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
“Benet McLean is an exquisite violinist with a tone equal to that of the finest classical virtuosos and a soulful affinity with the highest level of jazz creativity. He’s inventive, charismatic, and expressive with the nuances that bring spellbinding energy to his every performance” - Julian Joseph
"His improvisations are vibrant percussive flashes of colour, full of trills and slurs, concise & witty” - Peter Marsh, BBC
“I really like Benet’s approach to improvisation on violin” - Jean-Luc Ponty
Benet McLean – violin
Binker Golding – tenor saxophone
Liam Dunachie – organ
Zoe Pascal – drums
Video 1 (“Peggy’s Skylight”- bebop violin solo): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3kd84dpwPE
Video 2 (“Moanin’”): https://youtu.be/gwEUUX2VvRc