February 21, 1986 |
The roster of jazz musicians who call San Diego home, at least on occasion, is diverse. Some, like keyboardist Art Resnick and saxophonist Joe Marillo, have established sizable followings through years of playing the nightclub circuit. Others, like bassist George (Red) Callender and reed player Buddy Collette, are nationally known stars who pass through here on tour and frequently return to vacation.
November 17, 1986 |
The Alleycat Bistro, fast becoming the most adventurous new jazz room in town, took a calculated risk by bringing in over the weekend an eight-piece San Diego-based band led by pianist/blues singer Jeannie Cheatham and her trombonist husband, Jimmy. The gamble paid off. Because of heavy air play for the group's two albums, the room was packed Friday evening as the Cheathams went through their cheerfully old-timey motions.
January 11, 1987 |
The concept of a new, contemporary-style blues band may seem to some like an anachronism in these days of funk, fusion and electronics. No less contradictory is the idea that a jazz group of any kind could make a broad, perhaps international impact while based in San Diego. Jimmy and Jeannie Cheatham have beaten the odds.
July 22, 1998 |
Jeannie and Jimmy Cheatham have warmed music lovers' souls for more than 40 years now. Consider the husband-and-wife team one of the few keepers of the Kansas City flame--a lighter, jumping, 1920s and 1930s style of jazz and blues noted for its bluesy vocals, percolating horn solos and rhythmic thrust. The pair--Jeannie plays the piano and sings, Jimmy is a bass trombonist and arranger--is known for giving lively, often uplifting concerts.
June 1, 1989 |
Jimmy Cheatham, the San Diego trombonist who leads the Sweet Baby Blues Band with wife, Jeannie, a vocalist and pianist, will make a rare appearance before a San Diego audience next Wednesday, putting the UC San Diego Jazz Ensemble through its paces in a show at Mandeville Auditorium on campus. Cheatham is a professor of music at UCSD, directing the jazz program. Can San Diegans expect to hear him play? "They'll hear me play the orchestra," joked Cheatham, who wants the jazz program at UCSD to be "strongly based in the black musical experience, the Kansas City style, from Bennie Moten to Count Basie and Fletcher Henderson, from Ellington to Thad Jones."
January 13, 1991 |
The Cheathams with their "Sweet Baby Blues Band" work the same territory familiarized in four earlier albums, this time with the addition on three cuts of guitarist Clarence (Gatemouth) Brown. Basically, it's the leaders (piano/vocal and bass trombone, respectively) who dominate, introducing five new originals, along with a welcome change of pace when Jeannie Cheatham tries out a ballad, "Trav'lin' Light."