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Fri Sep 20, 08:00 PM The Nat Steele Quartet At The Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham. GL50 2SY

The summer holidays are over and we are all eagerly looking forward to autumn and ultimately winter! Happily, tonight we have Nat Steele with us with their “Portrait of the MJQ

Nat was first with us in the October of 2014 with David Newton. But tonight he will front the gig in tribute of his hero, Milt Jackson. He plays a vintage 1964 Deagan Aurora II Vibraharp (the same model as used by Milt Jackson) and uses Albright “Milt Jackson” model mallets. Interestingly, Nat uses only two mallets thus concentrating on using the instrument as a front line not a rhythm device.

On Piano tonight we have Gabriel Latchin, A new name to us, I think. Gabriel was born in London, did economics at Edinburgh. Obviously decided that playing jazz is more rewarding!

His pet hate: “I’m not a huge fan of fakers – guys who can’t play but try to wear the right hat and say the right thing.” I think he sounds nicely balanced!

On Bass we have Dario di Lecce, Dario moved to London in 2012 and soon became firmly established in the hard bop scene where he has played with a raft of names.

Drums, a more familiar name, Matt Home, it’s been a while since Matt has been here and, wait for it, he will be back next month with Alan Barnes! Born in Huddersfield,West Yorkshire in 1973, Matt started with the trumpet when he was six but switched to drums at 8, taking drum lessons at school. Now based in London and again, playing with everybody, including Alan Barnes!

This is going to be one of those great gigs and it’s in the great ballroom at the Victory Club. Don’t miss it and bring your friends (everyone loves the MJQ!)

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

Mon Oct 14, 08:00 PM The Alan Barnes Quartet at The Everyman Irving Studio Theatre, Regent Street Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ.

Autumn is upon us – season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, not to mention the mellow horn of Alan Barnes with a rather wonderful rhythm section.

Alan, an old friend of Cheltenham Jazz was last here in November ’17 celebrating the playing partnership with Dave Newton, the’ve been playing together for donkey’s! But tonight on piano we have Robin Aspland, he was last with us with Roger Beaujolais. Wonderful piano!

Another old friend on bass, Andy Cleyndert. Andy has been around for years and now is a very much in demand player and educator. Look carefully at his bass and you might see why he sounds so good, he takes care.

No quartet is complete without an able drummer and tonight, in Matt Home, we have a highly experienced Yorkshireman who started drumming at eight years old. Matt was last with us last month. Time does fly!

Tickets are £16.00 from the box office: 01242 572573 or on line:

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: