Tonight one of Cheltenham’s regular and favourite pianists, Dave Newton. Dave requires no introduction only to say that like a a fine wine, or should I say malt, he keeps improving and on every visit he suprises us with his virtuosity and deep understanding as to where our music comes from. If you haven’t yet heard Dave, he will astound you!
On bass, another regular in the familiar form and voice of Tom Hill. Tom, a very versitile player, is one that can wear a jazz hat in some style. Although sympathetic to the rest of the band, Tom can always break out and make his bass sing and swing!
I apologise for getting repetative at this point because we have another regular on drums, our very own Simon Radford. Not one to show off, Simon is always a supportive drummer and always sympathetic to both the band and the music, he has a great grasp of what has gone before and what a good drummer should sound like.
Now, a fanfare and a drum roll! New to Cheltenham, on vibes Nat Steel. Nat grew up in a musical family, finally settling on vibes and drums, has played predomentenly on the London scene with so many people the list would go on forever! Playing in the classic style of Milt Jackson he has a list of heroes that I think we would appreciate, so he will be good!
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.
Tickets are £13.00 from the box office: 01242 572573 or on line: www.everymantheatre.org.uk
Tonight we cannot be accused of living in the past because tonight we are bang up to date with the Partisans! Having said that, they have been around for quite a while now being consistantly applauded for their modern approach.
The Partisans are headed by Julian Siegel, sax and bass clarinet, Julian has worked the UK and European jazz scene now for many years notching up many tours and collaberations in that time, including many visits to Cheltenham. He has won many awards, individually and for an album in 2011.
Sharing the limelight with Julian is another Cheltenham favourite, on guitar, 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.
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. The last time Gene was here, he was backing Jonathan Gee.
On bass, Thad Kelley, Thad, a much acclaimed and versitile bassist is quite at home with blues, rock or Celtish and happily tonight with jazz.
So, four highly talented musicians, mix them all up and we have The Partisans, don’t miss it!
Tickets (cash/chq only) £14, CJ Members/Concessions £12.
Available at the door, or (cash only) from Millennium Music, 26 Winchcombe Street
Cheltenham GL52 2LX