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THE CLARK TRACEY QUINTETWHEN: 8.00 pm, Monday 15 January 2024WHERE: The Victory Club Ballroom,Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, CheltenhamTICKETS: CJ Members £17.00, non members £20.00Alex Clarke – Reeds, Emily Masser – Vocals,Graham Harvey - Piano, James Owston - Bass,Clark Tracey - DrumsClark Tracey has led his own groups since the 1980s, groups that have been famous for showcasing the considerable talents of young musicians, allowing them to perform to a much wider audience.“One of the most impressive jazz drummers today” The TimesRead more about The Clark Tracy Quintet hereClick here for the Clark Tracey WebsiteTickets available on the door or online at Ticketsource.co.uk
QOW TRI0WHEN: 8.00 pm, Monday 12 February 2024WHERE: The Victory Club Ballroom,Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, CheltenhamTICKETS: CJ Members £17.00, non members £20.00Riley Stone Lonergan - SaxophoneEddie Myer - Bass, Spike Wells - DrumsQOW TRIO, named after a Dewey Redman piece according to drummer Spike Wells, features firebrand saxophonist Riley Stone Lonergan, drum legend Spike Wells and multi-genre bassist and bandleader Eddie Myer. The band explore the rich and varied territory laid out by the great tradition of big-toned tenor players over the generations.Read more about QOW Trio hereTickets available on the door or online at Ticketsource.co.uk
SARA OSCHLAG QUARTETWHEN: 8.00 pm, Monday 11 March 2024WHERE: The Victory Club Ballroom,Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, CheltenhamTICKETS: CJ Members £17.00, non members £20.00Sara Oschlag – Vocals, Mark Edwards – PianoArnie Somogyi – Bass, Darren Beckett – DrumsWe again welcome Sara Oschlag. Originally from Copenhagen, Sara Oschlag settled in Brighton in the early 2000s. She has since become one of the UK’s favourite jazz singers. “A unique and individual voice making interesting material effortlessly her own. A singer with a natural musician's ear and beautiful sense of swing.”Claire Martin OBE, 5 time winner of the British Jazz Awards for best vocalistRead more about Sara Oschlag hereClick here for the Sara Oschlag WebsiteTickets available on the door or online at Ticketsource.co.uk
Dear Friends,There is no doubt about it for a club like ours, to keep going for forty years is a great achievement. We have survived a few ups and downs, but we keep motoring on!We have been fortunate to have so many great musicians visiting our town, and long may it continue. But, as we all know, jazz is evolving, and young musicians are coming up with fresh ideas, all the time. We hope to be welcoming some of them over the coming years, and adding new and interesting dimensions to our programme.From the point of view of organising the gigs, thanks to all our committee members, past and present, for all their hard work in keeping the show on the road.However, some of us are getting a bit long in the tooth, which means more new members would be welcome.If anyone is interested, please let me know!Don’t forget ‘It’s the groove that makes the difference’.Best wishes to all!Gil Emery
40th ANNIVERSARY YEAR
After our fabulous gigs in 2023, Cheltenham Jazz Club are pleased to be welcoming the New Year with three gigs in the first quarter of 2024 where you can again experience and listen to live jazz.The Club looks forward to welcoming you and the bands to this season. Thank you to everyone who supported us and the musicians at our previous gigs last year and the preceding 39 years.
2024 is a special year for usas we will be celebrating 40 years of presentinglive jazz in Cheltenham
COMING UP AT THE EVERYMAN THEATRE STUDIOMonday 8th April Tim Whitehead QuartetMonday 3rd June Rodger Beaujolais Quartet
Reflexions On Our 40th Anniversary Year
The Clark Tracey Quintet Much acclaimed jazz drummer Clark Tracey has been leading his own bands since 1981 and currently leads an ever evolving quintet as well as tribute bands to his father, the late Stan Tracey. His latest quintet features a few of the most exciting young musicians today. They recently recorded their first CD, which is due for release in the new year.The unusual inclusion of a vocalist in Clark's quintet, next to a horn player, offers another soundscape to work with. An exceptional vocalese artist, Emily Masser adds rhythm and words from the heart of BeBop, as well as beautiful lyrics.Read more about Clark Tracey hereAlex Clarke on alto and tenor saxophones is aged 23 and won the Rising Star in the British Jazz Awards 2 years ago and was runner up in the BBC Young Jazz Musician last year. She has successfully released her debut CD "Only A Year" with Dave Newton, Dave Green and Clark.Read more about Alex Clarke hereEmily Masser is an astonishing vocalist, still 19 years of age and attending the Guildhall School of Music. Her vocalese has already introduced her to hardened jazzers, including Claire Martin and Liane Carroll, who have both endorsed her and invited her to sit in with them. Daughter of saxophonist Dean Masser, her years belie her enormous talent, which began at Chetham’s School of Music.Graham Harvey on piano is one of our most experienced pianists, studied at Berkley College in Boston, was the Musical Director of Incognito, is currently Stacey Kent's pianist and is much sought after as a freelancer playing with major stars including Dave O’Higgins, Alan Barnes and Mark Nightingale.Read more about Graham Harvey hereJames Owston on double bass is 27, a graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and again a runner up in the BBC Young Jazz Musician Finals a few years ago. Having worked in Clark's groups since 2013, in our opinion, he is the most technically gifted upright bassist in this country and is now working with a variety of musicians.
QOW Trio QOW TRIO is a generation-spanning trio of diverse players who’ve come together, united by a love of the tradition, to explore the freedom that opens up within the three-way saxophone-bass-drums format. Their influences reach back across the history of the music, and look forward into its future, drawing inspiration from its constant evolution, from Lester Young to Charlie Parker to Sonny Rollins to Joe Henderson to Dewey Redman to Seamus Blake to Bill McHenry and beyond, creating a wide-open trio sound that tells a host of exciting stories. UK-based Irishman Riley Stone-Lonergan started working as a professional musician in Ireland at the age of 16. Riley soon moved to the UK to study at Leeds College of Music. In 2011, he graduated with 1st Class Honours and was the recipient of a number of awards including the Dave Cooper Memorial Prize for Jazz Saxophone, John Scheerer Prize for Woodwind and David Hoult Prize for Outstanding Performance.Selected as a Yamaha Jazz Scholar in 2011, Riley’s quartet was featured in Jazzwise Magazine as well as performing at the 606 Club in London. Shortly after, Riley moved to London and began to work with various London groups. He was nominated for the Rising Star Award at the London Music Awards 2015.Jazzwise“…his sincerity, and his affection for the material, impress as much as his comprehensive technique.” Read more about Riley Stone Lonergan hereBassist Eddie Myer is based in Brighton and is a musician, composer, bandleader, promoter, educator and journalist. He leads his own five piece group, The Eddie Myer 5tet. It was at Brighton’s Verdict Jazz Club that Myer introduced Wells to Stone-Lonergan, a meeting that led to the eventual formation of QOW TRIO.A professional bass player (both acoustic and electric) since 1996 Myer was worked regularly with the rock act Turin Brakes and with the Afro-Cuban ensemble Son Guarachando. Read more about Eddie Myer hereNow based in Brighton drummer Spike Wells is the veteran of the trio. He came to prominence on the London jazz scene in the 1960s and has worked with many of the greats of the music. Wells is probably best known for his associations with saxophonists Tubby Hayes and Bobby Wellins but he has also performed with saxophonists Ronnie Scott, Joe Harriott, Peter King, Don Weller, Dick Morrissey, Tony Coe, Alan Barnes and Simon Spillett, trumpeters Humphrey Lyttleton and Henry Lowther, pianists Mick Pyne, John Horler, Mark Edwards and Gwilym Simcock, bassists Ron Matthewson and Dave Green and many, many more. Read more about Spike Wells here
The Sara Oschlag QuartetDanish jazz singer Sara Oschlag, has made a name for herself as a leader and featured guest in bands throughout the UK and Europe. An intelligent interpreter of songs in the jazz tradition, she has been hailed as a musician’s singer due to her wonderful way of using dynamics, texture and rhythm. Her honest stage presence, expressive voice and effortless sense of swing have made her a firm favourite with musicians and the jazz audience. She has performed at leading jazz festivals and venues, including Ronnie Scott’s, The Love Supreme Festival, Llandudno Jazz Festival and The Pheasantry in Chelsea.An intelligent interpreter of songs in the jazz tradition, her influences include Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Shirley Horn, Nancy Wilson & Eddie Jefferson. Read more about Sara Oschlag herePianist and composer Mark Edwards has been playing the piano since he was three years old. He is one of those musicians one might have heard without knowing it; being a multi-talented musician he has arranged, played piano and produced for countless bands across a variety of genres. His CV includes joining the Tommy Chase Quartet at just 18, being a member of Aztec Camera for eight years and performing with nearly everyone from Paul Weller to Nina Simone. His acclaimed debut CD from 2013 was In Deep with Andrew Cleyndert on bass and Martin France on drums and was Jamie Cullum’s pick of the month on BBC’s Jazz House.Arnie Somogyi is one of the UK's most in-demand bass players and has played on over 60 albums, including five with his own projects as a leader.He has recorded, performed and toured with many of the world’s leading jazz musicians including Bobby Hutcherson, Eddie Henderson, Steve Grossman, Scott Hamilton, Mal Waldron, Seamus Blake, Sonny Fortune, Arturo Sandoval, Jorge Rossy, Joe Chambers, Rene Marie, James Moody, Joey Calderazzo, Art Farmer, Chris Botti and The Mingus Big Band as well as international stars Tom Jones, Charlie Watts, Amy Winehouse, Richard Ashcroft and Omar. He has appeared frequently at world-renowned jazz club Ronnie Scott’s, both as a sideman, leader and member of The Ronnie Scott's All-Stars.His music has featured on radio, television and in the feature films 'The Talented Mr Ripley' and 'An Education', and he has performed around the world in a wide variety of formats. Read more about Arnie Somogyi hereDarren Beckett won a prestigious Bass Ireland Award as a teenager, leaving the emerald isle to study jazz in New York, where he resided for 21 years. Across his career, he has played drums everywhere from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Royal Albert Hall in London.He's performed on over 50 albums recording with notable names like Brandon Flowers, Daniel Lanois, Madeleine Peyroux, Lee Konitz and Kenny Wheeler. He has also worked with Lauryn Hill, Mercury Rev, Amen Dunes, Shane McGowan, and Sinead O'Conner.Since moving to the UK in 2016 he's been a regular on the London jazz scene playing Ronnie Scott's and the 606 club, playing with Jason Rebello, Gilad Atzmon, Jim Mullen and Alan Barnes.