Recent Reviews

Nat Steele Quartet @ The Victory Club.

Wed Sep 25, 03:32 PM

In the 1950s, when bebop was still all the rage, a supercool quartet decided to take jazz in another direction – though not one that was universally welcomed at the time.

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Steve Fishwick Trio @ The Victory Club.

Wed Sep 25, 03:29 PM

Jazz musicians are renowned for thinking on their feet, but when circumstances throw them a curveball, their inventiveness can take the breath away. Such was the case this evening!

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Forthcoming Events

Mon Nov 11, 08:00 PM XPQ at The Everyman Irving Studio Theatre, Regent Street Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ.

XPQ – What in earth is that? I hear you ask, simple, Xenopoulos, Price Quartet. Aka known as the Nigel Price Organ Trio + Vasiilis. Get it?

Vasilis Xenopoulos was last here with Nigel in the summer of 2017 and he is the man bringing a wonderfully contemporary sax sound to the already rather wonderful sound of the organ trio. Vasilis was born and raised in Athens, settled here in 2002 and has been hard bopping around ever since!

Nigel, being one of the highest acclaimed guitarists in the country is welcomed back as is his old mate , Ross Stanley on organ. It’s funny how guitar and organ have become a classic act, they just work together like strawberries and cream!

On drums tonight, a new name (I think!) Joel Barford. Joel is a 21 year old freelance drummer based in London. Joel is primarily a jazz drummer and has played with a variety of people, most importantly, the Nigel Price Organ Trio, so he should fit right in!

All this in the wonderfully intimate setting of the Irving Studio Theatre where you will experience all the intricacies of the Hammond sound and the interplay of some superb musicians.

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

Mon Jan 27, 08:00 PM The Tim Whitehead Quartet at The Everyman Irving Studio Theatre, Regent Street Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ.

Welcome to 2020 and the year starts here! We are still here and have a great year in store for you starting with this fantastic quartet!

Tim Whitehead hails from Liverpool, his dad being one of the Beano writers of Dennis the Menace, so a bit of creativity there! Tim dabbled with music, decided to go into law and then back to his true love, music. He was one of the saxes in Loose Tubes amongst other things, having a very wide career, he honed his trade until he was a very widely respected player. The Birmingham Post saying : “Whitehead has a highly personal, always gorgeous sound on tenor and an infinite vocabulary – in a country of fine saxophonists he is one of the finest.” Sounds good!

Tim has a couple of bands on the go, this one has the amazing Jonathan Gee on piano. Jonathan has been with us several times and it’s great to welcome him back.

On bass tonight we have a new name, Andy Hamill. Andy has played bass with a whole load of people, over a wide range of genres taking his bass all over the world (no mean feat!)

Drums, tonight, are taken care of by Tom Hooper who, in Cornwall, had his first drum kit at 8, playing professionally at 14 and a degree in Jazz Performance at the RAM before, again, a very varied career.

This will be the ideal gig to get up close to and the Irving Theatre will be the ideal place to do it in. but beware space is limited, so get your tickets early.

Fri Feb 21, 08:00 PM The Roger Beaujolais Quartet at The Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham. GL50 2SY

Roger Beaujolais, happily, is no stranger to us, he is always welcome back so we can, again, experience his mystical technique and his vast repertoire of tunes. I also suspect that a lot of folk are absolutely fascinated by the vibraphone, it is a very special instrument.

Another treat tonight is Robin Aspland on piano. Robin plays a multitude of different keyboard instruments and has worked with a multitude of musicians.

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.

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.

All this in the fantastic Victory Club Ballroom, you can even have a dance if you want to!

Fri Mar 20, 08:00 PM The Nicolas Meier Trio at The Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham. GL50 2SY

Leading tonight’s proceedings, on guitar, we have Nicolas Meier, originally from Switzerland, now spreading his talents worldwide. After picking up guitar at the age of 12 Nicolas now plays Classical, Jazz, Latin, Flamenco, Rock and, Pop genres. Tonight we will be firmly entrenched in jazz!

On bass tonight we have Jakob Cywinski, born in Poland lives in London and studied at the Royal College of Music. Jakob did his time with a few London and Welsh orchestras , travelled the world playing bass whilst developing a successful career in jazz. All this whilst picking up a few prestigious prizes, Jakub certainly sounds as though he knows his bass!

Eric Ford is on drums, he says: “I don’t want to be pigeon-holed as a ‘‘jazz drummer’‘ because I enjoy and have a lot of experience of playing many other styles of music.” So, a drummer born near Liverpool, college at Birmingham, played in China, lived for a while in Paris, all the time being exposed to different genres.

Tonight we have three guys who have travelled the world studying, absorbing, developing and playing. It will be a riveting gig, all that experience distilled into one evening of pure jazz!