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Mon Apr 15, 08:00 PM Art Themen's New Direction at The Everyman Studio Theatre, Regent Street Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ.

It is now well into April and we are not fooling around, this gig is what’s known, in the trade, as the real deal! Art Themen is one of our greatest modern jazzmen. As John Fordham says “an appealing presence on the British jazz circuit for over 40 years…. Originally a Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins disciple … Themen has proved himself remarkably attentive to the saxophone styles of subsequent generations.” If that’s not enough, He’s a really nice bloke!

Art is also bringing with him a virtual who’s who of British jazz, starting, on piano, Gareth Williams. Described as “jewel of a player… spinning out luminous introductions and codas” by Jazziz Magazine (USA). Gareth has been here several times and each performance has been a gem.

On trumpet a name, possibly new to us, Neil Yates. Neil’s path has been via Salford Uni and the Guildhall. He is heavily involved in jazz in the North, especially North Wales where he is Artistic Director of the rather special LLandudno Jazz Festival.

On bass, Arnie Somogyi, great to have Arnie back, he has been playing for us more years than most people would care to remember! Another guy from the Guildhall he is now back in education, now teaching as a visiting tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire and at the Guildhall, The Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College. (As well as the occasional gig!)

Drums, after a long absence of exactly one month, we welcome back Winstone Clifford. (Well I did say he is one of our favourite drummers)

This is going to be a very special gig, close up and personal in the very special Everyman Studio Theatre; size limited so be sure to book well in advance.

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

Fri Jun 21, 08:00 PM The Steve Fishwick / Alex Garnet Quartet at The Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham. GL50 2SY

Back in March last year we welcomed Steve Fishwick on trumpet, he was playing with Art Theman’s “New Direction” he’s obviously found his new direction now as he’s back with us sharing the limelight with Alex Garnet on sax.

Alex hasn’t been with us for years, which is surprising really as he is a very popular guy, highly in demand whilst playing regularly at Ronnies.

Oli Hayhurst, on bass, has been here recently with a super gig, Julian Siegal and friends. Oli has worked the jazz scene extensively, co-founding “The Orient House Ensemble” amongst other things.

On drums we have Matt Fishwick. Yes, that name is familiar! They are twin brothers, Matt, after The RA of Music, hit the London scene and then a few years in New York. So, it’s good to have him back and working with his brother!

All this in the rather wonderful Victory Club, spacious, comfortable and a good bar!

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

Fri Sep 20, 08:00 PM 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!

To take the edge of this chilling thought we are having our first gig of the season at the Victory Club. We are yet to firm up what it will be, but rest assured it will be good!

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 in 2011. Time does fly!

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

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