Recent Reviews

Nat Steele Quartet @ The Victory Club.

Wed Sep 25, 03:32 PM

In the 1950s, when bebop was still all the rage, a supercool quartet decided to take jazz in another direction – though not one that was universally welcomed at the time.

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Steve Fishwick Trio @ The Victory Club.

Wed Sep 25, 03:29 PM

Jazz musicians are renowned for thinking on their feet, but when circumstances throw them a curveball, their inventiveness can take the breath away. Such was the case this evening!

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Forthcoming Events

Fri Mar 20, 08:00 PM The Nicolas Meier Standards Trio at The Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham. GL50 2SY

Leading tonight’s proceedings, on guitar, we have Nicolas Meier, originally from Switzerland, now spreading his talents worldwide. After picking up guitar at the age of 12 Nicolas now plays Classical, Jazz, Latin, Flamenco, Rock and, Pop genres. Tonight we will be firmly entrenched in jazz!

On bass tonight we have Jakob Cywinski, born in Poland lives in London and studied at the Royal College of Music. Jakob did his time with a few London and Welsh orchestras , travelled the world playing bass whilst developing a successful career in jazz. All this whilst picking up a few prestigious prizes, Jakub certainly sounds as though he knows his bass!

Eric Ford is on drums, he says: “I don’t want to be pigeon-holed as a ‘‘jazz drummer’‘ because I enjoy and have a lot of experience of playing many other styles of music.” So, a drummer born near Liverpool, college at Birmingham, played in China, lived for a while in Paris, all the time being exposed to different genres.

Tonight we have three guys who have travelled the world studying, absorbing, developing and playing. It will be a riveting gig, all that experience distilled into one evening of pure jazz! Tickets £17 and £15 for members.

Tue Apr 14, 08:00 PM The Chris Ingham Quartet at The Everyman Irving Studio Theatre, Regent Street Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ.

This gig is headlined as “The Jazz of Dudley Moore.” Now, when I hear of Dudley Moore, I think of his conversations with Peter Cook, but, behind that comic genius there was a very serious side, that of an extremely talented jazz pianist. At the time, I don’t think this was widely appreciated, but Chris Ingham is doing all he can to right this.

Chris started in jazz via punk drumming, orchestral fiddling and dixieland strumming, so, a good mix! Looking at his forthcoming gig list, Chris is very busy, now playing with all the right kind of people!

Supporting Chris tonight, on trumpet we have Paul Higgs, Paul, a new name to us but his musical career is so varied and vast I’m sure that we would of heard him one way or another. His sphere covers jazz, classical, theatre and film, composition and performance.

On bass we have Geoff Gascoyne, he is Professor of jazz bass at the Guildhall School of Music and is head of bass department at London School of Contemporary Music and has played with an awful lot of the big names in jazz.

On drums we have George Double, another very talented musician, this time working with Trinity College and working with everybody in the business.

Given the inspiration of this gig and the talent of the group, this should be a very special evening, don’t forget to book early or you will miss it! Tickets £18, no concessions.

Fri Jun 12, 08:00 PM Tina May & Nikki Iles Quartet @ The Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham. GL50 2SY

I very often say we have a treat in store tonight, but this time I really mean it! Not one, but two ladies of jazz, both masters (or mistresses) of their art.

Tina last sang for us in the heady days of the D Fly, so that is a while ago and Nikki was on piano with us a year or so ago (time does fly). The great thing about these two is that they both enjoy what they do, they do it well and everyone wins!

On bass, another treat, Arnie Somogyi, Arnie has been playing bass for us for years and it’s always good to have him back.

On drums we welcome a new face (I think) Steve Brown, Steve is well established on the British jazz scene and I can’t think why we haven’t had him before as he is a great drummer and superbly sympathetic to what’s going on around him. Watching Steve you can see that he is another one of these folk who enjoy what they are doing.

So, all in all, it will be slightly different, but most importantly, it will be jazz, high quality, enjoyable jazz! Tickets £17 and £15 for members. Don’t miss it!