Ben Castle

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Ben Castle
Born 1973 (age 43–44)
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Instrumentalist, songwriter
Instruments Clarinet, saxophone
Years active 1986–present
Associated acts Duke Special, Jamie Cullum, Beth Rowley
Website www.bencastle.com

Ben Castle (born 1973) is a British jazz musician, the younger son of television presenter and entertainer Roy Castle (1932–1994) and Fiona Dickson (born 1940). He placed first in the Jazz category of the 2003 International Songwriting Competition with his song "The Heckler".[1]

Castle plays clarinet and saxophone and has performed as a backing musician for Duke Special, Radiohead, Matthew Herbert, Gregory Porter, Sting, Stan Tracey, Humphrey Lyttelton, Paloma Faith, Marlena Shaw and Jamie Cullum.

Castle co-wrote the album Little Dreamer with singer Beth Rowley. The album debuted at number 6 on the UK Albums Chart.

In 1986, Castle saw Marillion play at the Milton Keynes Bowl. Through his interest in drumming as a youth, he became acquainted with Marillion drummer Ian Mosley and many years later performed saxophone on the band's track "Deserve", from their 1999 album Marillion.com, as well as recording an album with Mosley, Postmankind, which was released in 2001.[2]

Castle played the woodwind with the band Storm Corrosion, on their self-titled album.

In 2014, Castle released Over The Moon EP with his band The Tombola Theory on Ben Castle's Major Record Label. They play original pop music inspired by traditional jazz. Ben formed the band to pay tribute to pay tribute to Tommy 'Tootle' Truman, a school janitor and controversial character who played clarinet in a Trad Jazz band in his local pub every Wednesday night for nearly 23 years. He was Ben's first and most enduring musical influence. Tommy died in obscurity in 2009, leaving behind no known recordings, just special musical memories for a select few. If he'd been more ambitious he would now be remembered as one of the British jazz greats. [3]

Discography[edit]

  • Big Celebration (1994) (with Roy Castle)
  • Four From The Madding Crowd (2000)
  • Postmankind (2001) (with Ian Mosley)
  • Blah Street (2004)
  • Over The Moon EP (2014) (with The Tombola Theory)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ISC IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE 2003 WINNERS". International Songwriting Competition. Archived from the original on 13 December 2005. Retrieved 17 December 2003. 
  2. ^ "Ian Mosley, Information & Solo Projects". Marillion. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  3. ^ http://thetombolatheory.com/

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