We are still in the “new year” sort of thing, so a new departure for us – a male singer! Mind, not any old male singer but, Cleveland Watkiss who is arguably the most prestigious male jazz singer in the country!
However, leading the quintet is Tom Harrison, an English alto saxophonist and flautist who has been active on the British jazz scene since 2009. He reached a national audience following the release of his band Dagda’s debut album in 2012. Time Out describes Dagda as ‘guitar/sax-led melodic modern jazz with a poppy/rocky edge’. Harrison has also worked with Mark Lockheart, Liam Noble and Jean Toussaint.
On piano we have Robert Mitchell, born in Ilford, Essex, Mitchell has a formidable reputation as a gifted pianist and composer. As part of the F-ire Collective, Robert won the Jazz on 3 Innovation Award at the 2004 BBC Jazz Awards; he has also been nominated twice for rising star.
On bass, Adam King who actually started on alto at nine years old in Jersey. Moved to electric bass and gigged around the Channel Islands until Middlesex University where he studied jazz, took up the double bass and the rest is a very varied and busy history.
David Lyttle is on drums tonight, David is another one growing up in a musical family, this time in Ireland, So music was always going to feature strongly in his life.
Predictably his CV is too vast to start with here, enough to say, come and hear this world class drummer working with his world class collegues.
Lastly, virtuoso vocalist, Cleveland Watkiss, he studied voice at the London School of Singing and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Cleveland was one of the co-founders of the vastly influential Jazz Warriors big band
Cleveland was then entered for the Wire/Guardian Jazz Awards and was voted best vocalist for three consecutive years, and was the opening act of choice for two of the world’s greatest female jazz vocalists Cassandra Wilson and Abbey Lincoln. John Fordham, the Guardian music journalist accurately describes Cleveland as “arriving on the scene with a bang”. So, watch out Cheltenham!
Tickets are £16.00 from the box office: 01242 572573 or on line: www.everymantheatre.org.uk
Tonight we welcome back a fantastic, young vibes player, Nat Steel. Nat was here with us in the autumn of 2014 and amazed everyone with his mature technique and respect for the classic vibes style.
He plays on a vintage 1964 Deagan Aurora II Vibraharp (the same model used by Cal Tjader, Milt Jackson and Terry Gibbs) and uses Albright ‘Milt Jackson’ model mallets. Interestingly, only using two mallets thus concertrating on using the instument as a front line not a rhythm device.
On piano, needing no introduction, Dave Newton. No introduction maybe, but a gentle reminder of what an absolute star this guy is and because he pops up from Bath for us, he is easy to take for granted – but don’t!
Bass, we are still working with this, but as Dave is sorting it you can rest assured he will be worth listening to.
As is, of course our own Simon Radford on drums. Simon, who dislikes doing solos, sits there, not missing a beat tries to keep things going without showing off or intruding, his aim being to be sympathetic with the music and I think he succeeds.
So, all in all a good straight ahead evening of classic modern jazz, come along, no need to book.
Tickets (cash/chq only) £16, CJ Members/Concessions £14.
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