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Alan Haven

b. 1 April 1935, Prestwich, Manchester, Lancashire, England. Largely self-taught, Haven’s first instrument was the piano and he began playing jazz while still a teenager. He played clubs and dancehall dates on the Mecca circuit and also ventured as far afield as Paris. He had been interested for some time in organists, including Jackie Davis and, in particular, a Count Basie set with the Oscar Peterson Trio on which Basie played organ. Haven acquired a Lowrey Holiday organ and taught himself to play it, this at a time when organ trios were briefly popular. Facing up to the complexities of the instrument was one thing; there were also audience (and fellow-musician) prejudices to overcome, since the organ was not highly regarded in jazz circles. Haven toured extensively, learning his trade with such dedication and skill that he eventually became perhaps the most skilled of all organists with his footwork. He began to enjoy a higher profile thanks to appearances on television and a popular album of songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

In the mid-60s Haven moved to London, persuaded Ronnie Scott to give him an opportunity at the old Gerrard Street club, and soon broke down most of the barriers of prejudice against his instrument. He played and recorded sets at Ronnie Scott’s and also at Annie’s Room and established a musically rewarding partnership with drummer Tony Crombie. He had a hit single with ‘Image’/‘Romance On The North Sea’ and topped Melody Maker polls for several years. He also wrote music for and played on the soundtracks of a number of films, including two James Bond outings and The Knack. Haven designed and built the Haven organ and for some years was active in the marketing and promotion of the instrument, activities that kept him from the public eye for a while. In the early 80s he was back but from the middle of the decade onwards was only rarely in the UK. Mostly, he was heard in Spain and on US-based cruise liners. In the late 90s Haven returned to the recording studios after a long absence and was working in Spain, often with the singer Karen Elle, a long-lasting partnership.

Throughout his career, Haven has demonstrated enormous energy, playing with drive and rhythmic vitality. His technical skills, especially his footwork, appear boundless but this is technique at the service of a master musician, not for its own sake. Although straight jazz gigs are less in evidence, the luxury liner, hotel and cabaret audience having different needs, when the opportunity presents itself, Haven admirably proves that he has lost none of the youthful fire that made his name, in the UK, synonymous with jazz organ for most of the 60s.
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Track List: The In Crowd

Disc 1

1. The In Crowd

2. Can I Get A Witness

4. Cool Jerk

5. I Can't Stand It

6. See Saw

7. Rescue Me

8. 1-2-3

9. Too Many Fish In The Sea

10. Whatcha Gonna Do About It

11. Get Out Of My Life Woman

12. Put Yourself In My Place

13. Devil With The Blue Dress

14. Piece Of My Heart

15. Cry Baby

16. Don't Fight It

18. I'm The Face

19. Air Travel

20. Going To A Go-Go

21. When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes

22. Woman's Got Soul

23. Finger Poppin

24. Think

25. Green Onions

Disc 2

1. That Driving Beat

3. Helpless

5. Tell Mama

6. Twist & Shout

7. I Got Love If You Want It

8. Money (That's What I Want)

9. Boom Boom

10. Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide

11. Leaving Here

12. The Twist

14. Penny Reel

15. King Of Kings

16. A Certain Girl

17. Wade In The Water

18. I Do Love You

19. My Girl

20. It's All Right

21. Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)

22. Love Has Gone

23. It Will Stand

24. The Entertainer

25. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

Disc 3

1. Harlem Shuffle

2. I Can't Turn You Loose

3. Watcha Gonna Do About It?

4. Sitting In The Park

5. Yeh Yeh

6. The Monkey Time

7. Mickey's Monkey

8. Walkin' Up A One-Way Street

9. Sock It To 'em J.B.

10. Stop Her On Sight (S.O.S.)

11. You Beat Me To The Punch

12. Try It Baby

13. Dancing In The Street

14. Come On And See Me

15. Tune Up

16. Can You Jerk Like Me

17. Every Little Bit Hurts

18. All For You

19. Hi Heel Sneakers

20. My Babe

21. Kansas City

22. Shame, Shame, Shame

24. If Somebody Told You

25. Image

Disc 4

1. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere

2. Biff Bang Pow

4. Leaving Here

5. Almost Grown

6. I Got You (I Feel Good)

7. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love

9. Lonely, Lonely Girl Am I

10. Love's Gone Bad

12. Little Girl

15. Bert's Apple Crumble

16. In The Meantime

17. Got My Mojo Working

19. All Or Nothing

20. I'm A Man

21. Hitch Hike

22. Time Is On My Side

23. That's The Way It's Got To Be

24. First I Look At The Purse

25. The In Crowd

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