Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:32 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


One of the most keenly anticipated events on the jazz calendar, the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, is renowned for presenting a sonic smorgasbord of musical sounds, styles and genres. This year, the 23rd in the festival's history, is no exception with a host of leading names from the worlds of  jazz, soul, funk and pop being announced.

Soul-jazz cat-in-a-hat, Gregory Porter, returns alongside fellow US Grammy winner, singer/songwriter Madeleine Peyroux. Other American artists due to perform at Cheltenham include singers Curtis Stigers and Kandace Springs, alto saxophone legend, David Sanborn, multi-Grammy-winning pianist Fred Hersch, rising jazz chanteuse Charinee Wade,  jazz power trio the Bad Plus, and tenor saxophone maven, Joshua Redman.

There are plenty of UK names appearing, with Jamie Cullum, James Morrison and Katie Melua leading the charge. They'll be joined by jazz-funk avatars, Level 42, plus Swing Out Sister, singer Andreya Triana, saxophonist Soweto Kinch, and the pick of London's new wave of jazz musicians - Yazz Ahmed, Nubya Garcia, and Jo Armon-Jones - as well as veterans like Georgie Fame, reed master John Surman, singer Carmel, and pianist Nikki Yeoh. Long-running jazz-funk group, Incognito, will also celebrate their 40th anniversary with a special concert.

To add a truly international dimension to the festival, you'll also be able to hear concerts from  Brazilian legend, Sergio Mendes, celebrated South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, the trio Rymden (a Scandi supergroup comprising Bugge Wesseltoft with e.s.t.'s Dan Berglund and Magnus Ostrom), Russian singer Alina Engibaryan, Norwegian saxophonist Hanna Paulsberg and Cuban pianist/composer Omar Sosa  who'll be performing with violinist/vocalist Yilian Cañizares.

The festival will run from Wednesday 1st May 2019 to Monday 6th May.

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