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Fri Nov 16, 08:00 PM The Chris Biscoe / Pete Hurt Quintet at The Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham. GL50 2SY

A Quintet? Gosh, that’s almost a big band! Well, with Chris Biscoe leading it will sound like one! Again, it’s great to welcome Chris back with his big horn a sure fire cure for the November blues.

Pete Hurt, as the Guardian puts it is a “valued but low-profile saxophonist”. So low profile, I don’t think we have heard him at Cheltenham. But, look at his profile on line and you will see that he is another one of these guys that has played with absolutely everyone.

On piano we have a name we do know, Liam Noble. After studying music at Oxford University, and jazz at the Guildhall in London, Liam started to build a reputation playing with Stan Sulzmann, Anita Wardell, John Stevens and Harry Beckett. His first CD, a solo entitled “Close Your Eyes” was released in ’94, and contained a mix of standards, originals and improvisations. This mixture of approaches has characterized his music ever since.

Steve Watts on bass, you might just remember him from his stint with Loose Tubes. That is a bit unfair really as Steve has done a lot of varied work over the last 25 years. He currently teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

On drums tonight, we have Jon Scott, a young drummer, highly experienced, working in a wide spectrum and very much in demand on the international scene.

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

Mon Jan 14, 08:00 PM The Clark Tracey Quintet at The Everyman Studio Theatre, Regent Street Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ.

Well, here we are, all the turkey curry has gone and we are well into January. To celebrate tonight we have one of our favourite drummers, Clark Tracey. One of the perks of having Clark along is the fact that he brings along a group of hugely talented young players and I’m sure that tonight will be no exception.

On trumpet tonight we have Alexandra Ridout. Alexandra was crowned the winner of the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016 at the age of 17. ” We were enchanted by Alexandra’s presence as a musician, her sound, but I think most importantly there was a relationship with the blues and swinging that sounds important in her playing” so says Julian Joseph, Chair of the jury of the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016.

Sean Payne is on alto sax, another BBC winner this time, Young Musician of the year, 2014 at the tender age of thirteen. Sean has been playing sax since the age of eight and jazz proper since he was eleven.

On piano, Elliot Sansom, Elliot started piano at the age of five and eventually studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Being a native of Solihull, he is a big part of the Birmingham jazz scene and was another contender in the 2016 BBC Young Musician Jazz Award.

James Owston is on bass, James was another Birmingham Conservatoire student and another contender in the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award but this time 2018. So, we have four, obviously talented young people, it will be interesting to hear how Clark has moulded them into his Quintet. I am sure that with Clark’s experience the result will be electric, make sure you book early to hear it!

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