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Fri Sep 21, 08:00 PM The Geoff Simkins Trio @ The Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham. GL50 2SY

Back to business with a bang after all those sunny summer holidays with Geoff Simkins and a super trio.

Geoff being the horn player of a very musical family, in fact many of you will know his pianist brother, Pete, Cheltenham resident and Club member. He’s worked with so many people we don’t have the time!

On piano tonight a very familiar name to R3 listeners Nikki Iles. It’s good to have her back. Nikki came to the piano via Dad’s L.Ps, harmonica, clarinet and now an impressive C.V. and experience. Again one of those guys who’s played……………!

Next a treat for bass lovers, Dave Green, one of our favourite bassists. He has been a couple of times lately with Gareth Williams playing the tunes of Bill Evans, so, let’s face it anyone who could play a bit like Scott LaFaro must be pretty good!

All this in the super atmosphere of the Victory Club.

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

Fri Oct 12, 08:00 PM The Julian Siegal Quartet @ @ The Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham. GL50 2SY

Tonight, after far too long, we welcome back Julian Siegal. (well, he is a very busy guy!)

We are truly in for a treat tonight, the quartet is led by Julian Siegel who was brought up in Nottinghamshire and was dragged by his parents to all the first class gigs they could. It certainly paid off! Julian is a graduate of the University of East Anglia and won the 2011 London Awards for Art and Performance. His playing history is much like a who’s who in jazz, possibly best known for co-leading the Partisans with Phil Robson.

Tonight he is with his rhythm section with Liam Noble on piano, who, studied as an undergraduate at Oxford and as a postgraduate at the Guildhall School of music. He became the regular pianist with Stan Sulzman and many others.

On drums we have Gene Caldarazzo, an American jazz drummer, born in New York, but currently residing in the UK where he is a visiting tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire, the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity and the Guildhall. He also plays drums for the Partisans and Zoe Rhaman to name but two of many.

We have Oli Hayhurst on bass, Oli moved from Cambridge to London in 1995 to study at the Royal Academy of Music, he is proficient on the double bass, bass guitar and the guitarron. Between 2000 & 2002 he played with Gilad Atzmon and co-founded the Orient House Ensemble, playing on their first two albums.

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

Mon Nov 5, 08:00 PM The Frank Harrison Trio at The Everyman Studio Theatre, Regent Street Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ.

So, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot, yes, it’s November the Fifth! But the only plot we have for you is Frank Harrison on piano, so, yes we will almost certainly have some keyboard pyrotechnics! Frank has played for us many times and his return is long overdue.

Frank comes here via Berklee and an apprenticeship playing with the UK’s who’s who in jazz.

The rest of the trio is not known (to me anyway) at the moment so, watch this space.

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

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.