As you probably know, Simon Radford, our founding chairman, has decided
to retire; also John Biscombe and Steve Cooper are calling it a day.
Simon, what can I say, over the years he has put on so many iconic jazz
musicians. To name just a few: –
Americans: – Archie Shepp, Scott Hamilton, Jessica Williams, Junior Mance, Red
Rodney, Tal Farlow, Lynne Arriale, Sheila Jordan, Greg Abate and quite recently
Brits: – Alan Barnes, Art Themen, Jean Toussaint, Dennis Rollins, Damon Brown
Partisans, Don Weller, Dave Newton, Chris Biscoe, Geoff Simkins and a
new talent Ashley Henry.
This is quite a legacy!
John, the stalwart of the ticket sales, and many other things,
particularly raising a lot of supporting cash through CD sales/festivals
etc. (A lot of Cheltenham Jazz folklore surrounds John, ask him about
Steve has supplied us with P.A.. support for many years, a great
committee man. If you want some analytical thought – listen to Steve.
I wish them well in their retirement and thank them most profoundly for
all their hard work – running a jazz club is not for the faint hearted.
Of course, they are only retiring from the committee, but socially, I
hope they will still come to the future gigs.
The upshot of these changes is that we are looking for one or two new
committee members. We are a ‘grass roots’ organisation and its success
depends on the effort we put into it.
Our history of 35 years stands as a testimony to all the committee
members past and present!
Our Music Policy
Basically, it will stay the same – with a mixture of progressive and
standard jazz gigs, and the occasional singer and guitarist.
I would like to continue with Simon’s philosophy of employing bands that
have that wow factor. We’ve seen it so many times at the end of a gig;
the audience reaction says it all.
I would like to thank all the musicians who have taken the trouble to
come and play for us, and secondly to thank several individuals and
organisations who have helped out with funding over the years; their
support is much appreciated. And finally, thanks to our audience who
have supported us, enjoyed the jazz and encouraged us to continue the
Cheltenham Jazz Chair