We always look forward to a gig by Damon, not only is he very, very good but he brings very, very good musicians with him. (remember Billy Hart last year?) This time, on piano, he has the amazing Jonathan Gee.
But first Damon, he has been described as playing in the Blue Note tradition, so if you like the classic, cool/hot cornet sound, come along and enjoy it in the comfortable Victory Club setting.
Tonight, Damon is partnered on piano by the gifted player Jonathan Gee. Jonathan was brought up in a highly musical family, so it was quite natural for him to start piano at the tender age of six. He moved on to the clarinet, which only lasted a few years, then came rock & roll and the guitar, luckily for us he fell in love with a Bechstein at university, started improvising, we now have one of the most gifted pianists in the country.
Continuing Damon’s search for new talent, he is off to France tonight with the French altoist Pierrick Pedron, with “strong roots in the spirit of bebop, he is a master of high-energy, breakneck straight-ahead modern jazz”, so says Le Monde who calls him the “master of the alto saxophone”.
On bass, Adam King who actually started on alto at nine years old in Jersey. Moved to electric bass and gigged around the Channel Islands until Middlesex University where he studied jazz, took up the double bass and the rest is a very varied and busy history. Adam was recently with us with Tom Harrison and Cleveland Watkiss.
At the drums tonight, Chris Draper, Chris was born in London in 1989 into a family where he was surrounded by music. He played a number of instruments from a young age but while studying at The Purcell School of Music and Royal Academy of Music, decided to focus on percussion and drums. This takes him to Jazz and Folk through to Pop and other forms of groove such as Broken Beat or Hip-hop, or, as us older members might identify with, Broken Hip.
All this in the spacious, relaxed setting of the Victory Club ballroom, should be just right for the merry month of May!
Tickets (cash/chq only) £16, CJ Members/Concessions £14.
Available at the door.
It’s always a great pleasure to welcome back Geoff Simkins, but this time, because of the line-up it will be really special.
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. Geoff started on drums progressed to alto sax and went professional in ’77. Since then he has played all over, teaches in Sussex University, as well as Czech and Glamorgan Summer Schools. Again one of those guys who’s played with everybody in the business.
On piano tonight a very familiar name to R3 listeners Nikki Iles. Nikki last played for us way back in the Pillar Room days, so 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……………!
Another fantastic 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!
On Drums tonight we have the Professor of Jazz – Drums/Percussion at the Royal Academy of Music no other than Martin France. At the risk of sounding repetitive, Martin has also played with everybody.
So, all in all, this will be an evening not to be missed, so, book early, it is the Studio, so seats are limited.
Tickets are £16.00 from the box office: 01242 572573 or on line: www.everymantheatre.org.uk