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Mon Jan 14, 08:00 PM The Clark Tracey Quintet at The Everyman Studio Theatre, Regent Street Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ.

Well, here we are, all the turkey curry has gone and we are well into January. To celebrate tonight we have one of our favourite drummers, Clark Tracey. One of the perks of having Clark along is the fact that he brings along a group of hugely talented young players and I’m sure that tonight will be no exception.

On trumpet tonight we have Alexandra Ridout. Alexandra was crowned the winner of the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016 at the age of 17. ” We were enchanted by Alexandra’s presence as a musician, her sound, but I think most importantly there was a relationship with the blues and swinging that sounds important in her playing” so says Julian Joseph, Chair of the jury of the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016.

Sean Payne is on alto sax, another BBC winner this time, Young Musician of the year, 2014 at the tender age of thirteen. Sean has been playing sax since the age of eight and jazz proper since he was eleven.

On piano, Elliot Sansom, Elliot started piano at the age of five and eventually studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Being a native of Solihull, he is a big part of the Birmingham jazz scene and was another contender in the 2016 BBC Young Musician Jazz Award.

James Owston is on bass, James was another Birmingham Conservatoire student and yet another contender in the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award but this time 2018. So, we have four, obviously talented young people, it will be interesting to hear how Clark has moulded them into his Quintet. I am sure that with Clark’s experience the result will be electric, make sure you book early to hear it!

Tickets are £16.00 from the box office: 01242 572573 or on line: www.everymantheatre.org.uk

Fri Feb 15, 08:00 PM The Roger Beaujolais Quartet at The Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham. GL50 2SY

Roger Beaujolais, on vibes, needs no introduction, last came in April ’17, so it is time we heard him again. Roger is a highly gifted, musical and complex player of this fascinating instrument, he has worked in the US and continues to work in Italy all contributing to a very colourful career.

Another treat tonight is Robin Aspland on piano. Robin plays a multitude of different keyboard instruments and has worked with a multitude of musicians and has (almost) starred in the “Talented Mr Ripley”. It’s good to have him back.

Bass is looked after by Simon Thorpe. Simon plays in funky electric bands, 30’s swing bands but tonight his feet will be firmly in the modern jazz setting. His bass style is described as “strong and melodic.”

On drums tonight we welcome back Winston Clifford, Very much one of our favourite drummers. Winston started his path at the Guildhall with Trevor Tomkins (ex Tubby drummer) and has played with virtually everybody since and is now greatly in demand as a very inventive and responsive drummer.

Tickets (cash/chq only) £16, CJ Members/Concessions £14.
Available at the door.

Mon Apr 15, 08:00 PM Art Themen's New Direction at The Everyman Studio Theatre, Regent Street Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ.

It is now well into April and we are not fooling around, this gig is what’s known, in the trade, as the real deal! Art Themen is one of our greatest modern jazzmen. As John Fordham says “an appealing presence on the British jazz circuit for over 40 years…. Originally a Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins disciple … Themen has proved himself remarkably attentive to the saxophone styles of subsequent generations.” If that’s not enough, He’s a really nice bloke!

Art is also bringing with him a virtual who’s who of British jazz, starting, on piano, Gareth Williams. Described as “jewel of a player… spinning out luminous introductions and codas” by Jazziz Magazine (USA). Gareth has been here several times and each performance has been a gem.

On trumpet a name, possibly new to us, Neil Yates. Neil’s path has been via Salford Uni and the Guildhall. He is heavily involved in jazz in the North, especially North Wales where he is Artistic Director of the rather special LLandudno Jazz Festival.

On bass, Arnie Somogyi, great to have Arnie back, he has been playing for us more years than most people would care to remember! Another guy from the Guildhall he is now back in education, now teaching as a visiting tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire and at the Guildhall, The Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College. (As well as the occasional gig!)

Drums, after a long absence of exactly one month, we welcome back Winstone Clifford. (Well I did say he is one of our favourite drummers)

This is going to be a very special gig, close up and personal in the very special Everyman Studio Theatre; size limited so be sure to book well in advance.

Tickets are £16.00 from the box office: 01242 572573 or on line: www.everymantheatre.org.uk