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Fri Jan 26, 08:00 PM The John Etheridge Trio, "Blue Spirits" @ The Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham. GL50 2SY

Welcome to 2018 and welcome back to Cheltenham Jazz and (we’re doing a lot of welcomes here) to John Etheridge, a face we have’t seen for a, much overdue, time. Back in the day John was one of the stalwarts of the rock guitar (Soft Machine and all that) now, he still plays rock but also a very good line in jazz guitar.

John has worked with a host of people including a long stint with Stephane Grappelli, tonight it sounds as though it will be a classic organ trio.

On organ we have Pete Whittaker. Grew up in Wolverhampton went to uni in East Anglia got a degree in music and developed an interest in electroacoustics. He bought a Hammond and a van, (not sure in which order) and started playing with everybody.

Mark Fletcher is on drums tonight, I suspect that Mark was playing drums in his play-pen He followed his drummer dad and finally got a drum kit for his thirteenth birthday. He plays various genres, including with John in the Soft Machine.

We have three aces here and it should not be missed!

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

Mon Feb 5, 08:00 PM Andrew McCormack's Gravitation Quintet @ The Everyman Studio Theatre, Regent Street Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ.

It’s good to have Andrew back on piano. He’s spent some time in NYC listening and exploring, his latest group Gravitation is the outcome of that time.

On vocals, Noemi Nuti, a New Yorker of Italian descent, started playing the harp at the tender age of eight. She discovered that she could sing and very importantly, she discovered jazz. After a move to London she has become firmly established in the UK jazz scene, with I suspect, a very NYC outlook.

Leo Richardson on sax, graduated from Trinity soon became established in London with his hard bop style, it will be interesting to see / hear what he does in this setting.

On bass and I suspect it will be an electric bass, Rob Mullarkey. Although he does rather like his giant uke!

Lastly, Anton Eger on drums, being Norwegian studied jazz at the Copenhagen Rhythmic Conservatory under Django Bates. He started his playing carreer with Django and with Jasper Holby, the remarkable bassist we welcomed in October.

Like a lot of jazz, this gig is going to be quite different, with the line-up, good different, so, don’t miss it book early!

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

Mon Mar 5, 08:00 PM Art Themen's "New Directions" @ The Everyman Studio Theatre, Regent Street Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ.

It’s always a treat to welcome back Art Theman, his blowing will drive away any March blues!

This time it will be an even bigger treat because we have one of our favourites on piano, Gareth Williams. Not only Gareth, but Arnie Somogyi on bass. Not only Arnie, but Winston Clifford on drums.

So much for our favourites, as we have to welcome a name new to us, Steve Fishwick on trumpet. Steve was brought up in Manchester surrounded by the sounds of big bands, then bop started to filter through. To formalise all this enthusiasm Steve spent a useful time at the Royal Academy of Music. After which he hit the London Scene, playing with the who’s who in jazz and I am amazed we haven’t heard him at Cheltenham.

WE obviously lead a very sheltered life here in the West Country!

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

Fri Apr 13, 08:00 PM The Ed Jones Quartet @ The Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham. GL50 2SY

It’s good to welcome back Ed Jones tonight, last time he was here he was with Damon Brown, depping for someone else. But tonight he is here in his own right with his own group. Ed has been on the London scene for over twenty years, worked with everybody and is now busy composing, arranging, is a Principal Lecturer Principal at Leeds College of Music and of course, playing for us tonight.

On piano tonight an old friend in a different hat. Ross Stanley, who, we are more used to sitting at a Hammond is, as I say, on piano.

On bass tonight, almost a local, Riaan Voslo is now based (no pun intended) in Bristol where he is well established in a very diverse local scene.

Last here with the “Glow Quartet” we welcome back Tim Giles on drums. As I told you last time, he started drumming at the tender age of twelve!

This is promising to be a great gig in the swinging Victory Club Ballroom, don’t miss it!

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

Mon Apr 23, 08:00 PM The Martin Speake Quartet @ The Everyman Studio Theatre, Regent Street Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ.

Martin Speake was with us way back in 2013, so it’s good to welcome him back and in a more traditional quartet setting. In case you don’t know, Martin has done and played lots from “Itchy Fingers” and so much more.

Thomas Conrad says Martin Speake is one of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz on any continent.

On piano tonight, Ethan Iverson, born 1973 in Wisconsin, Ethan has played with a lot of the American greats and has laterly played with the avant-garde jazz trio The Bad Plus. I am assured that he does play jazz! He will bring with him a host of State-side experience.

Fred Thomas joins us on bass tonight, I’m afraid I can’t tell you much about him apart from his involvement in his “Polyphonic” jazz group and as he plays with Martin he must be ok!

Drums tonight are in the young but experienced hands of James Maddren. James started having lessons from the age of ten with Jim Hart, then on to the Royal Academy of Music which led to the National Jazz Youth Orchestra. Now happily he has found time to play for us at Cheltenham.

There’s not much room in the Studio, so be sure to book in time not to miss this special band.

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