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Fri Sep 23, 08:00 PM The Art Themen Quartet @ The Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham. GL50 2SY

It’s late September, so, Cheltenham Jazz roars back to life after this long, hot summer with a storming gig that is unmissable! Art Theman leads tonight with his big blowing straight ahead sound, Art started his jazz career with the Cambridge University Jazz Group (he was studying to become an orthopaedic surgeon) Happily he also kept his jazz career going and now he is a greatly respected and loved performer of straight ahead hard bop.

On piano one of our favourites and someone who has worked with Art many times, Dave Newton. Dave has been here so many times I am at a loss to know what to write other than, he is always fresh and original and always worth listening to – very carefully!

On bass our old friend Tom Hill, Tom is always supportive to the other guys, rock solid and musical. It’s always good to get him back(ing)!

Our drummer tonight is one of our favourite drummers, he is also, probably the youngest, Miles Levin. Drumming featured strongly in his upbringing so, it was instilled in him from an early age, which might explain why he is so good!

All this in the spacious, relaxed setting of the Victory Club ballroom, should be just right before the autumn blues set in.

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

Mon Oct 31, 08:00 PM The Clark Tracey Quintet @ Studio Theatre at the Everyman, Regent Street, Cheltenham. GL50 1HQ

It’s good to welcome Clark back to Cheltenham, this time as leader of his quintet. Following in his great father’s footsteps, he is encouraging younger players. Some people say “emerging” players, but, having seen these guys last year I would say that they have gone beyond emerging – they have most certainly arrived!

We have Chris Madock on sax, Chris joined Trinity (Junior Dept) at the tender age of 11, so despite his young years, he has been playing for some time! When not playing gigs he teaches sax. he’s worked with a host of people and has led his own quartet.

On trumpet is Henry Armbury Jennings, Henry is another one that started young – his first album came out when he was 17 and he is now in great demand, playing with a maturity beyond his years.

Piano is in another young pair of hands and I will leave it up to Clark to tell you why he chose him; “Finding young guys who can play this music is becoming much easier, but finding young guys who can understand this music in addition is always more of a challenge. I believe I’ve found what I’m looking for.”

That leaves Daniel Casimir on bass, Daniel recently graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire studying under, amongst others, Dave Holland. He, again has worked with many jazz stars but still finds time to study for his masters at Trinity.

An evening not to be missed, so, book early, it is the Studio, so seats are limited.

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

Mon Nov 14, 08:00 PM Phil Robson Trio @ @ Studio Theatre at the Everyman, Regent Street, Cheltenham. GL50 1HQ

Tonight guitar fans are in for a major treat! Phil Robson. Phil is a man of many styles and talents and is involved with more band than most people have hats. In 2009 lifting the prestigious Jazz Musician of the Year Parliamentary Jazz Award. Phil has been here several times each time different and entertaining.

On Hammond tonight, Ross Stanley. Ross started on piano at age 4, by a teenager, he was awarded an organ scholarship to Marlborough College. After leaving Marlborough, Ross was invited to study for his music degree at several renowned institutions including Trinity College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Berklee.

On drums, another old favourite, we have Gene Caldarazzo, an American jazz drummer, born in New York, but currently residing in the UK where he is a visiting tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire, the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity and the Guildhall. Gene is always sympathetic to the music and amazingly inventive.

Should be a great evening,don’t miss it so, book early, it is the Studio, so seats are limited.

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

Fri Dec 2, 08:00 PM The Gareth Williams Quartet @ The Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham. GL50 2SY

It’s December, it’s cold, it’s dark, we’re shopping but to cheer us up we have, tonight, Gareth Williams.

Gareth studied English Literature at Cambridge, then on to London’s Guildhall for a change of direction and music. Originally playing guitar then piano Gareth’s first hit was with a jazz hip-hop band. Last couple of times he’s been here with a Bill Evans hat on, this time expect something else as he will be Trish Clowes on sax.

As John Fordham writes “Trish Clowes is one of the most agile and original jugglers of improv and adventurous composition to have appeared in the UK in recent times”

You might remember her from last year’s BBC Proms.

On bass tonight a Scot, based in London, Calum Gourlay. Calum started on cello in primary school, then by fourteen he was ready for jazz and a double bass. He worked with Tommy Smith in the Youth Jazz Orchestra and hasn’t looked back since, working with a load of folks on the way.

Drums, we welcome back Martin France, last time he was here, with Geoff Simkins and I’m sure you will remember what an absolutely superb drummer he is!

All this in the spacious, relaxed setting of the Victory Club ballroom, should be just right now the winter blues have set in.

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