Adorable Alex is definitely one of the UK’ Jazz’s hidden treasures. A fine composer, with an ear for folk and classical influences, he is a gifted, thoughtful improviser and a mainstay of the London Jazz scene. Alex has worked with the leading figures from Jim Mullen to Pete King and many other iconic Jazz musicians Alex has the unique gift of mesmerizing his audience with his instinctive, lyrical, rhythmic performances that always take us to a different place.
“A true master player.” – LA Weekly
“Absolutely astounding.” – London Observer
“His music is sublime.” – Jazz Times
“Brilliant performer.” – London Evening Standard
Born in Hastings, England, in 1955, Benn Clatworthy grew up in the vibrant music scene of London. In the 1970s, he became an active part of the London music scene before making the move to Los Angeles in 1980. There, he studied saxophone, flute, and clarinet under the guidance of Phil Sobel.
A fixture in the Los Angeles club scene since the 1980s, Benn initially drew inspiration from the late 1950s John Coltrane but later evolved his tone, occasionally echoing influences like Warne Marsh and Sonny Rollins.
In the late 80s, his talent caught the attention of Horace Silver, who recommended him for the band. This recommendation led to his first CD release as a leader, titled “Thanks Horace,” on Discovery Records.
Throughout his career, Clatworthy has shared the stage with a diverse array of musicians, including Jimmy Cleveland, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Billy Higgins, Otmaro Ruiz, Cab Calloway, Donald “Duck” Bailey, The Temptations, and many more.