Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Star Names Confirmed For Cheltenham Jazz Festival


Caro Emerald

Caro Emerald, Gregory Porter, Wilko Johnson, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Jamie Cullum, Rumer, Gilles Peterson, Squarepusher Live, Laura Mvula, Sun Ra Arkestra, Tony Allen and more for Cheltenham 2015

“One of the UK’s classiest and most eclectic jazz festivals”
The Guardian

Cheltenham Jazz Festival returns at the end of April with a bold programme featuring a range of exclusive one-off performances, unique collaborations, special commissions and debut UK appearances from a heady mix of established stars and emerging talent.

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Martha Reeves

Taking place across 6 days from April 29th – May 4th, this year’s festival will present a smart balance of classic and contemporary Jazz, Blues, Soul and Pop from a string of pioneering acts including million-selling singer-songwriter Rumer, Dutch superstar Caro Emerald, experimental producer and composer Squarepusher, one of the queens of Soul Martha Reeves, world-renowned DJ and broadcaster Gilles Peterson, former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson, Californian blues-rocker Beth Hart and consummate Jazz singer and broadcaster Clare Teal.

Once again returning as Guest Director is Jamie Cullum who, alongside handpicking a selection of events for this year’s programme, will perform with trailblazing US Jn;azz funk jam band Medeski, Martin & Wood. Other high profile acts on the bill include venerable Jazz-Fusion star John Scofield, whose collaboration with German pianist Pablo Held’s trio is currently receiving rave reviews (“a fascinating fresh setting for a unique guitarist who always means business” The Guardian), the mystical sounds of the Sun Ra Arkestra, master ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate, the UK premiere of jazz heavyweight Lee Konitz’s new quintet featuring virtuoso trumpeter Dave Douglas, and a treat for fans of Afrobeat in the form of two contrasting but equally outstanding concerts – a Saturday afternoon show from legendary African drummer Tony Allen, who performs music from his acclaimed 2014 album Film of Life, followed that evening by Joe Lovano’s Village Rhythms Band, an inventive 7-piece outfit which explores the connection between West African music and Jazz.

BBC Radio 2 continues its long-term association with the festival and has confirmed a range of activity across the week. Alongside live festival-themed shows recorded onsite by Jamie Cullum on Saturday May 2nd and Clare Teal on Sunday May 3rd, the network will air Caro Emerald’s concert on Thursday April 30th, a Frank Sinatra-themed ‘Friday Night Is Music Night’ featuring appearances from Kurt Elling, Clare Teal and Anthony Strong on Friday 1st, and a world premiere to close the festival on Monday 4th, a celebration of the music of George and Ira Gershwin featuring Laura Mvula and Gregory Porter.

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Gregory Porter – Photo: Courtesy of Carl Hyde

Justifying its reputation as one of the most forward-thinking festivals in Europe, a varied collection of the next generation of global Jazz stars are represented this year by the likes of Anglo-French trio In Bed With, Suiss trombonist and composer Samuel Blaser, Spanish singer and multi-instrumentalist Andrea Motis, the first ever UK performance by the inimitable Surnatural Orchestra, and European trio Phronesis, whose Pitch Black project will be performed in total darkness.

A wide range of top UK-based talent will appear on the bill including East London’s unique take on the brass band Hackney Colliery Band, Mercury-nominated piano trio GoGo Penguin, who will join Gilles Peterson at the festival’s much-anticipated club night, Funk favourites Average White Band, Neil Cowley Trio, the Rachael Cohen Quartet featuring Phil Robson, Soul Diva Natalie Williams, a double bill featuring the soulful vocals of Si Cranstoun and Purdy, and the Julian Arguelles Septet, a band formed especially for the festival.

Festival Director Ian George:

“Jazz legends, stars of tomorrow, groundbreaking international acts and local emerging talent all once again populate a Cheltenham Jazz Festival programme that reflects the incredible breadth and diversity of the genre. Over the course of the last two decades we have constantly looked at ways in which to improve the festival and build on the success of previous years with the aim of producing an exciting, multifarious festival that introduces jazz to new audiences and celebratesits positive, creative potential”.

The 2015 Cheltenham Jazz Festival takes place from April 29th – May 4th and is hosted in a tented festival village in Cheltenham’s Montpellier Gardens featuring the Big Top, the Jazz Arena, and the Take Five Tent – which will feature talks, workshops and family activities – a food, drink and market area, as well as shows at various venues around town.

Tickets go on general sale on March 4th and are available from http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz.

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Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2015:

Wednesday 29 April 2015

Alice Zawadzki
THE DAFFODIL

Thursday 30 April 2015

Beth Hart
THE JAZZ ARENA

Caro Emerald
THE BIG TOP

Nina Ferro
THE DAFFODIL

Friday 1 May 2015

Alice Russell
JAZZ ARENA

Phronesis: Pitch Black
PARABOLA ARTS CENTRE

Friday Night is Music Night – The Sinatra Legacy
THE BIG TOP

Andrea Motis & Joan Chamorro Group
THE DAFFODIL

Late night jazz club:

Soul Family & Festival Friends
THE DAFFODIL

Saturday 2 May 2015

Trondheim Jazz Exchange
PARABOLA ARTS CENTRE

Kizzy Crawford
JAZZ ARENA

Ben Cox & Jamie Safiruddin
HOTEL DU VIN

Sun Ra Arkestra
THE BIG TOP

Jonathan Silk Sextet
PARABOLA ARTS CENTRE

Lee Konitz and Dave Douglas Quintet
TOWN HALL

Tony Allen
THE JAZZ ARENA

Wilko Johnson
THE BIG TOP

Samuel Blaser Trio
PARABOLA ARTS CENTRE

Clare Teal
TOWN HALL

Joe Lovano’s Village Rhythms Band
THE JAZZ ARENA

Sugar Sisters
THE DAFFODIL

The Edge Project
PARABOLA ARTS CENTRE

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
THE BIG TOP

The Speakeasy
THE DAFFODIL

Gilles Peterson and GoGo Penguin
TOWN HALL

Sunday 3 May 2015

Surnatural Orchestra
PARABOLA ARTS CENTRE

Natalie Williams
THE JAZZ ARENA

Double bill: Si Cranstoun & Purdy
THE BIG TOP

In Bed With…
PARABOLA ARTS CENTRE

John Scofield meets Pablo Held Trio
THE JAZZ ARENA

Medeski Martin & Wood with special guest Jamie Cullum
THE BIG TOP

Rachael Cohen Quartet featuring Phil Robson
PARABOLA ARTS CENTRE

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
THE JAZZ ARENA

Average White Band Plus The Staxs
TOWN HALL

Rumer
THE BIG TOP

Julian Arguelles Septet
PARABOLA ARTS CENTRE

Squarepusher Live
TOWN HALL

Monday 4 May 2015

Family Show: Supersonics
JAZZ ARENA

Hackney Colliery Band
THE BIG TOP

FRINGE SHOWCASE: Melissa James & Hattie Briggs
THE JAZZ ARENA

Neil Cowley Trio
JAZZ ARENA

Gershwin Rediscovered feat. Gregory Porter and Laura Mvula created by Ignite
THE BIG TOP