Ian Cruickshank, enormous & highly respected advocate of Django Reindhart & Gypsy Jazz Passed away April 2017. Ian, a highly respected gypsy jazz guitarist worked with all the famous jazz names we are fortunate enough to have play at the Crooked Billet.
Ian researched a huge amount of Gypsy Jazz history. Published 2 books on the subject. Put together the channel 4 documentary Django’s Gypsies (Featuring Ian & Crooked Billet favourite Gary Potter).
Ian Cruickshank’s Gypsy Jazz performed at our very first music night back in 1989 (Marillian, being our next) As ever, with the Crooked Billet music nights great food & drinks are offered. We anticipate Ian’s Gypsy Jazz memorial to be a good audience, well attended popular evening. We might consider a slightly reduced menu offering or tweak how food is served on this particular evening. Promise you’ll be happy though!
We’ll keep you updated with further developments & details. If your a Gypsy Jazz fan this is an absolute one off treasure of a night… We expect the show to sell out well in advance of 1st July
We’re thrilled to host Ian’s memorial concert. Expect an incredible cast of Jazz musicians. Those already confirmed include
Guitarists: Jeff Green, Jez Cook, John Coverdale, Gary Potter, Denny Ilett, Nils Solberg, Ade Holland.
Double Bass: Andy Crowdy, Alyn Shipton, Pete Morgon
Violin: Mike Piggot
Clarinet/ Sax: Alan Barnes
An equally long list of world class musicians in the process of confirming.
We will host this one night Gypsy Jazz Festival in the marquee attached to the pub.