Chapel Arts Cafe open downstairs for pre-event dining - last orders 7pm. For Dinner Reservations (not show tickets) call 01225 920256
Straight from his appearance at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, vocalist and pianist Theo Jackson visits Chapel Arts on his first UK tour.ï¿½ His performances combine his own original songs which take inspiration from the timeless writing of Duke Ellington and Stevie Wonder, together with familiar jazz standards from the likes of Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Charlie Parker.
Equally comfortable whether deliberating over the delicate lines of an emotional ballad or improvising fluent bop vocal solos, Theo's energetic and engaging performance style has seen him quickly become a recognisable figure at many of London's most prestigious venues.
Accompanied by his regular rhythm section with Shane Allessio on double-bass and Jason Reeve on drums, there'll be a lot of fun on stage with constant interaction between these three exciting young musicians.
At the beginning of 2012 Theo released his debut album, Jericho. It features nine original songs and was launched at a sold-out date at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in London. His emotional, thoughtful and intelligent songs were picked up by the British publishing giant Splash Point, where they take their place alongside those of Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll and Claire Martin.
Since then Theo has continued to go from strength to strength with appearances at The Royal Albert Hall's Late Night Jazz Series and a headlining show at an international jazz festival in New Zealand. He has also performed live on Jazz FM, launched a collaborative project with multi award-winning saxophonist Nathaniel Facey, and opened a concert for Yellowjackets legend Bob Mintzer.
Theo gratefully acknowledges the support of Jazz Services Ltd and Arts Council England.
Wine Tastings at Chapel Arts
Please note: Tickets need to be bought in advance.
Both regions offer good value and a wide range of grape varieties.
After over 10 years located at The Bath Society Meeting Room the Bath Wine Appreciation Circle has relocated to Chapel Arts. A programme of monthly wine tastings continues: normally the third Monday of the month.
The tastings combine a sociable evening with learning about wine - history, grapes, tastes, the people who make them, - and tasting 8 wines.
These events are organized by Phil Cooke. He has given wine appreciation courses to several hundred wine lovers and is a member of The Association of Wine Educators. This enables him to keep up to date by making wine trips by invitation of the wine producers. Phil gives most of the tastings, but some are given by guest speakers with special knowledge.
All the tastings feature a selection of 8 wines, served in tasting quantities. Nevertheless the sum total amount of alcohol exceeds the safe amount for anyone driving a car. Drivers should therefore be careful to minimise their alcohol consumption by using the spittoons that are provided. And for anyone not used to using them, there is some very good news: there is not the slightest reduction in taste!
Over the years the relative cost of the most prestigious wines has escalated far more quickly than most other things. As little as 20 years ago a wine club could put on a tasting featuring world famous wines for a modest cost. Looking back at some old tasting sheets from the 80's a tasting in 2013 would have to priced at over ï¿½50, just to pay the wine costs. Fortunately the arrival of wines from The New World has had two profound effects. Firstly what people expect a wine to taste like has changed! Gone are the days when the best wines needed 10 or more years maturing in a cool damp cellar. Secondly there is now an enormous number of wines on offer, many from wine regions that hardly existed 30 years ago. The net result is that for wine tastings for wine enthusiasts one can concentrate on seeking out wines that give pleasure without prohibitive cost.
Another feature of the tastings is that there is always a selection of quality breads and cheeses. This was the result of popular request. Over and above providing something to eat, it is an additional opportunity to chat and socialise.
These evenings are an ideal opportunity to widen your wine knowledge and become more confident when choosing wine. All this combined with a social evening at less than the cost of a meal out.