Cheltenham Jazz Festival

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Please note, this event has been cancelled. Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2020 will see six days of beautiful, bold and brilliant music come to Cheltenham - from the big names in the jazz world to rising musical stars, with plenty of free concerts and family activities too.

Promising six days of world-class musical entertainment, Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2020 returns to town from Tuesday 5 to Sunday 10 May 2020 – with a change in dates this year, thanks to the bank holiday being moved to Friday 8 May 2020.

As well as the chance to see some of the biggest names in the music business perform, Cheltenham Jazz Festival gives fans of all music genres the chance to experiment, enjoy rising stars and experience first time performances – with a packed family programme and 90 free …around town gigs too.

Cheltenham Jazz Festival tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit or call the Cheltenham Festivals box office on (01242) 850270.

Jazz Greats at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2020

Musical megastar and artistic curator Gregory Porter opens this year’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival at Henry Westons Big Top. Music fans can also hear multi-instrumentalist, DJ and cultural pioneer Nitin Sawhney perform tracks from his seminal album Beyond Skin; blues legend Keb’ Mo’ will be bringing his distinctive roots sounds to the Everyman Theatre stage; while English jazz veteran since the 1970s Norma Winstone will perform with incredible German pianist Pablo Held.

Plus, BBC Radio 2 is making a special broadcast of the New Orleans-themed Friday Night is Music Night with Guy Barker’s Big Band and the BBC Concert Orchestra – sponsored by SoGlos.

Best for First-Timers at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2020

For first-timers at the Jazz Fest, check out New Wave icons Squeeze; multi-million-selling vocalist Emeli Sandé; clash of African and electronic elements from Ibibio Sound Machine; and million-selling US vocalist Stacey Kent for bucket list concerts.

With other big names to look out for including R&B funk legends KC and the Sunshine Band; Saving Grace featuring Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and Suzi Dian, Brit soulstress Beverley Knight; as well as well as Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winning Booker T Jones.

New discoveries at Cheltenham Jazz festival 2020

A huge part of the Jazz Fest’s appeal is introducing music fans to rising stars and challenging new music. A highlight includes DJ and broadcaster Gilles Peterson, who is taking up residence at new pop-venue dubbed the Warehouse @ The Brewery Quarter and, as well as DJing, is introducing four new sets for Cheltenham gig-goers to enjoy.

This year, guest curator Gregory Porter has also selected his own unmissable ‘picks’ which includes Keyon Harrold, who is described as ‘one of the world’s most sought-after, emotionally charged young trumpeters’; ‘beat scientist’ drummer Makaya McCraven; smooth vocalist Lizz Wright; while absolute jazz veteran Gary Bartz makes his Cheltenham debut with spiritual jazz outfit Maisha.

Family events at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2020

In 2020, Cheltenham Jazz Festival’s family programme includes the chance for all ages to pick up an instrument in the Musical Adventures with Yahama discovery space; interactive, musical Jazz Puddles can be jumped into all over Cheltenham.

There will also be a host of shows specifically for children, including Jazz Babies performances, which are suitable from birth; Jazz Kids concerts for children aged four to eight; as well as concerts suitable for all ages, including the return of Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure For Kids.

Free around town events at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2020

On the bank holiday weekend, a whopping 90 free events will be taking place in pubs, clubs, hotels and bars around Cheltenham, as well as open air stages, in another jam-packed …around town programme. The full programme is revealed in April 2020.

Cheltenham Jazz Festival tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit or call the Cheltenham Festivals box office on (01242) 850270.

Please note, this event has been cancelled. See Coronavirus event cancellations and venue closures in Gloucestershire for the very latest.

Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2020
Various venues across Cheltenham
Tuesday 5 to Sunday 10 May 2020
Times vary per individual event.
Ticket prices vary per individual event.
(01242) 850270

© SoGlos
Wednesday 04 March 2020



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