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Celebrating the 100th year of jazz, the world-class Cheltenham Jazz Festival returns to some of the finest indoor and outdoor venues across town for another year, signalling a sensational start to the summer for live music connoisseurs from Gloucestershire and beyond.
With this year offering another impressive line-up of 50 events across six days, Cheltenham Jazz Festival will bring the sound of music to town from Wednesday 26 April to Monday 1 May 2017. Boasting its trademark blend of international icons and up-and-coming artists, the star-studded line-up includes the likes of Will Young, Laura Mvula and Dee Dee Bridgewater.
The themes for Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017 include Big Nights Out, Jamie’s Picks, See It Here First, Rising Stars, and #Jazz100, with SoGlos’s highlights below.
To see the full programme of events, visit cheltenhamfestivals.com directly.
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Cheltenham Jazz Festival will offer a series of concerts and events marking the centenary of the first jazz record.
Conducted by Guy Barker, Friday Night Is Music Night on Friday 28 April 2017 celebrates the story of soul from its gospel roots to rhythm and blues, with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Guy Barker Big Band joined by vocalists Shaun Escoffery, Tony Momrelle, Vanessa Haynes and Noel McKoy.
On Saturday 29 April 2017, Mica Paris sings the Ella Fitzgerald Songbook, offers an exclusive preview of the soul singer's forthcoming album, Mica Sings Ella, and features Guy Barker’s re-imagined arrangements of classic Ella Fitzgerald songs.
Head to Cheltenham’s iconic restaurant The Daffodil on Thursday 27 April 2017 for Kansas Smitty’s House Band Residency, with the acclaimed band showcasing its unique sound which blends swing, blues, R&B and New Orleans jazz.
Meanwhile, for free family fun, drop into the Happy 100th Birthday on Sunday 30 April 2017, for the chance to decorate your own album cover, and decorate a candle to celebrate the 100th birthday of the first jazz record.
MOBO award-winner Laura Mvula is set to delight audiences on Wednesday 26 April 2017 with her trademark melodies; while Jack Savoretti will perform with passion and soul on Thursday 27 April 2017 during a live broadcast for BBC Radio 2.
On Saturday 29 April 2017 Grammy Lifetime Achievement award-winning artist Booker T. Jones promises to deliver an outstanding live performance; in addition to Cheltenham favourite and Grammy award-winning singer Gregory Porter on Monday 1 May 2017, whose rich, soulful vocals and unique voice will end the festival on a high.
Cheltenham favourite Seb Rochford will premiere an exciting new project with Neil Charles on bass and Nicole Mitchell on flute on Friday 28 April 2017; and cult Australian band The Necks will deliver on of its famously improvised shows on Saturday 29 April 2017.
See a multi Grammy award-winner and jazz legend on Sunday 30 April 2017 when the Chick Corea Trio perform as part of its UK tour, with Chick Corea joined by bass virtuoso Eddie Gomez and drum genius Brian Blade.
On Sunday 30 April 2017 audiences can enjoy a solo show from alt-rock pianist Ben Folds, who will be joined on stage by the festival's artistic curator and jazz extraordinaire, Jamie Cullum.
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With a career dating back to the swinging 60s, jazz legend Dee Dee Bridgewater is set to wow audiences on Thursday 27 April 2017, offering the UK premiere of her new album.
Guitarist Lionel Loueke boasts a prolific career touring the world with jazz greats, with his Cheltenham performance on Saturday 29 April 2017 seeing him reunited with bassists Massimo Biolcati and drummer Ferenc Nemeth to play his Blue Note album.
On Saturday 29 April 2017 Grammy award-winning jazz and session drummer Steve Gadd will play in Cheltenham, the only UK stop on his headline tour; while on Sunday 30 April 2017 US saxophone giant Chris Potter will make his eagerly anticipated return to Cheltenham Jazz Festival.
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With a host of family-friendly events taking place across the six days, little ones can get involved in a host of workshops, live events, discussions and hands-on activities.
The dedicated Family Tent will be packed with things to do, such as interactive concert BAM! Babies Adventures in Music and Family Sing with Pete Churchill on Saturday 29 April 2017.
Children have the chance to get crafty during Art from the Jazz Age, and can join singer and early years specialist Holly Thomas for Jazz Babies on Sunday 30 April 2017.
To see the full line-up and other highlights such as Rising Stars and the chance to See It Here First, visit cheltenhamfestivals.com directly.
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