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Fri Jan 20, 08:00 PM The Gilad Atzmon / Allan Barnes Quintet @ The Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham. GL50 2SY

The new year is upon us and are there any more surprises in store? Well yes, the pairing of Gilad and Allan Barnes, I suppose will raise a few eyebrows. But these are two guys at the top of their game getting together to make the music that we all love, it should prove interesting!

Not content with having two great names on the front line, the rhythm is rather notable as well.

On piano, John Turville, John, classically trained has worked with the whole jazz community, all over Europe, co founded the E17 Big Band, we welcome him back.

On bass, Yaron Stavi, who is classically trained and served under such luminaries as Pierre Boulez and the late Neville Mariner. Came to London in 2002 and was at the start of the Orient House Ensemble and since has played with a multitude of people.

On drums, Italian, Enzo Zirilli, one of the most versatile and creative drummer-percussionists around. Turin-born with Sicialian roots, Enzo moved to London in 2004 and quickly became one of the most in demand drummers in UK, as well as in Europe.

All this in the spacious, relaxed setting of the Victory Club ballroom, should be just right to bring in the (jazz) new year.

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

Mon Jan 30, 08:00 PM Chris Biscoe Quartet @ Studio Theatre at the Everyman, Regent Street, Cheltenham. GL50 1HQ

It’s been a while, but it’s great to welcome back Chris Bisco. Since starting on alto in ’63 Chris has worked with everybody in the British jazz scene, now playing baritone he is working quite a bit with Allison Neale on alto. (why am I thinking about Mulligan and Desmond?) Whatever they are doing it should be good! According to one reviewer, Allison makes “An Alto sound like brushed velvet…” ——- sounds appealing!

A new name on bass, Jeremy Brown. I don’t know why because he’s played with a lot of our regulars and many more and is one of the UK’s leading bass players.

Drums are looked after tonight by Stu Butterfield. Stu was well established in the late 60’s then took time out from music. But now he’s back, laterly playing with Henry Lowther and Jim Mullen and now, of course, with Chris Biscoe.

As ever at the Studio Theatre, seats are limited, so make sure you do not miss this one and book early!

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

Fri Feb 24, 08:00 PM The Damon Brown Quartet @ The Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham. GL50 2SY

It’s good to welcome back Damon Brown to Cheltenham, not only for his beautiful trumpet/flugelhorn playing playing but for the guys that he brings with him! Remember Billy Hart? That was back in January ’15.

On alto tonight, we have Christian Brewer, a composer, teacher and stalwart of the London and European scene for over twenty years. He’s worked with Damon and Leon in the past so expect harmony!

On piano, tonight, Leon Greening, described as “among the best on the current scene”, plays melodic post-bop inspired by Wynton Kelly, Powell, Feldman, well, you get the picture. Our sort of music!

Drums, we welcome back Matt Skelton. Matt is one of those guys that has a whole load of hats in his wardrobe, he whips the appropriate one out for the occasion. He’s happy with all sorts of jazz and has played with all sorts of people.

On Bass we have Adam King – Musicians’ Company 2015 Young Jazz Musician Award “most promising jazz artists of his generation”. Adam has always played bass, all sorts of bass with a passion. A passion that he is handing on to his pupils and I’m sure will show in his music tonight.

So, tonight we have the Victory Club Ballroom with a very accomplished quintet with plenty of room to breathe, not to be missed!

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

Mon Apr 24, 08:00 PM The Roger Beaujolais Quartet @ Studio Theatre at the Everyman, Regent Street, Cheltenham. GL50 1HQ

Roger Beaujolais, on vibes, needs no introduction only to say it’s been a while. Roger is a highly gifted, musical and complex player of this fascinating instrument. Self taught, Roger started to play vibes after giving up on the drums (rock) —- enough said!

Another treat tonight is Robin Aspland on piano. Robin plays a multitude of different keyboard instruments and has worked with a multitude of musicians and has (almost) starred in the “Talented Mr Ripley”. It’s good to have him back as well.

Bass is looked after by Simon Thorpe. Simon plays in funky electric bands, 30’s swing bands but tonight his feet will be firmly in the modern jazz setting.

On drums tonight we welcome back Winston Clifford, Winston started his path with Trevor Tomkins (ex Tubby drummer) and has played with virtually everybody since and is now greatly in demand as a very inventive and responsive drummer.

A fantastic opportunity to get up close to the vibes in the Studio Theatre, seats are limited, so make sure you do not miss this one and book early!

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