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Fri May 30, 08:00 PM The Jonathan Gee Trio @ The Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham. GL50 2SY

Tonight, another piano trio, but as ever in jazz totally different, Jonathan Gee. Jonathan was brought up in a highly musical family, so it was quite natural for him to start piano at the tender age of six. He moved on to the clarinet, which only lasted a few years, then came rock & roll and the guitar, luckily for us he fell in love with a Bechstein at university, started improvising, we now have one of the most gifted pianists in the country. 1991 came an award for the “most promising newcomer” and the start of a global career, working all over the place with bands in Italy, France, New York and thankfully England.

On bass, Larry Bartley, another gifted British musician who seems to have played with everybody, certainly, with a lot of our regulars at Cheltenham, including Jean Toussaint back in March, it’s good to have him back.

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. He also plays drums for the Partisans and Zoe Rhaman to name but two of many.

This promises to be to be a very special evening for those who believe that the trio is on of the most fundamental and pure forms of jazz. For those who don’t, it will be a great gig anyway!

Tickets (cash/chq only) £13, CJ Members/Concessions £11.
Available at the door, or (cash only) from Millennium Music, 26 Winchcombe Street
Cheltenham GL52 2LX

Fri Jun 13, 08:00 PM The Roger Beaujolais Quartet @ The Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham. GL50 2SY

A quartet this time with another old favourite, but no matter, Roger has been with us now several times and each time he is as fresh and inventive as ever. Starting off his musical life as a drummer, Roger soon graduated to vibes, playing pop, acid, Latin and all sorts, his first straight ahead jazz disc was released in 1999. Since then being universally praised including this accolade from Gary Burton: “ …… he also turned on the heat: in full flight with two mallets in each hand, he gives the world’s best vibes players a run for their money. Not bad for a failed rock tub-thumper.”

Tonight on piano we have Robin Aspland, one of Roger’s regular team. Robin has played with a whole raft of people (far to long to list!) one interesting gig being the Italian jazz pianist in the film “The Talented Mr Ripley,” so, a talented pianist and a film star to boot!

Winston Clifford is on drums tonight, to start his pedigree Winston studied with ex-Tubby Hayes drummer Bill Eyden and then went on to the Guildhall School of Music. Winston, again has played with a host of the cream of British jazz, not surprisingly given his superbly sensitive style.

We will have a bass tonight, when we know we will pass it on!

Tickets (cash/chq only) £13, CJ Members/Concessions £11.
Available at the door, or (cash only) from Millennium Music, 26 Winchcombe Street
Cheltenham GL52 2LX

Mon Jun 23, 08:00 PM The Geoff Simkins Quartet @ Studio Theatre at the Everyman, Regent Street , Cheltenham. GL50 1HQ

It’s been a long time but we welcome back Geoff Simkins, Geoff being the horn player of a very musical family, in fact many of you will know his pianist brother, Pete, Cheltenham resident and Club member. Geoff started on drums progressed to alto sax and went professional in ’77. Since then he has played extensively in Europe, Middle / Far East teaches in Sussex University, as well as Czech and Glamorgan Summer Schools. Again one of those guys who’s played with everybody, including a whole QE2’s worth of visiting Americans.

Giving Geoff a bit of moral support tonight we have Gareth Williams on piano, Gareth was here last with Dave Green doing their tribute to Bill Evans, I’m sure many of you will still be amazed as to how they did it. Tonight Gareth will be in more usual “rhythm section” mode but I’m sure that his playing will be just as stunning.

Also in the rhythm section tonight is Simon Woolf, a new name for us at Cheltenham, but with his pedigree he will be most welcome. Simon is a lyrical double-bassist in the tradition of his great idol, Red Mitchell and has enjoyed long associations with leading UK jazz artists Andy Panayi, Mark Nightingale, Geoff Simkins, Dave Cliff to name but a few. Simon is an active teacher and many of Simon Woolf’s students have gone on to successful careers on the London Jazz scene.

Drums tonight are in the very capable hands of Martin France, Martin born in Kent moved up to work round Manchester. In 1983 he began his recording career performing on several records for ECM records. With his friend and music cohort Django Bates, he had been performing with Evan Parker and Kenny Wheeler. Those with long memories will remember him in Loose Tubes, so I guess he’ll have been in Cheltenham a lot lately. As well as playing with almost everybody he has time play with NDR radio orchestra in Hamburg.

Tickets are £13.00 from the box office: 01242 572573 or on line: