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Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2018 will see six days of beautiful, bold and brilliant music come to Cheltenham, featuring the likes of Randy Crawford, Van Morrison, Corinne Bailey Rae and many, many more.

Promising six days of world-class entertainment across town, Cheltenham Jazz Festival returns to some of the finest indoor and outdoor venues over the May bank holiday, signalling a sensational start to the summer for live music connoisseurs from Gloucestershire and beyond.

With this year offering another impressive line-up across six days, Cheltenham Jazz Festival will bring the sound of music to town from Wednesday 2 to Monday 7 May 2018.

Boasting its trademark blend of international icons and up-and-coming artists, the star-studded line-up includes the likes of Rick Astley, Van Morrison, Courtney Pine featuring Omar and Imelda May.

The themes for Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2018 include Big Nights Out, Jamie’s Picks, See It Here First, Rising Stars, The Best for First-Timers and Jazz Greats with SoGlos’s highlights below.

To see the full programme of events, visit directly.

Jazz Greats

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Cheltenham Town Hall will welcome a host of acclaimed musicians including two of the UK’s finest jazz and soul talents on Friday 4 May, Courtney Pine featuring Omar; multiple Grammy award-winning guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan on Saturday 5 May; and
American pianist Jason Moran and the Bandwagon on Saturday 5 May.

Other Jazz Greats include one of Europe’s leading saxophonists Andy Shepphard; chart-topping saxophonist Kamasi Washington; and the critically acclaimed Donny McCaslin, all on Sunday 6 May 2018.

Big Nights Out

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One of the most celebrated musicians of a generation, multiple Grammy award-winner Van Morrison will perform on Thursday 3 May, bringing his new album, Versatile to the Big Top.

Other highlights include Friday Night Is Music Night: Rollin' on the River with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Guy Barker Big Band on Friday 4 May; a return performance from Imelda May on Saturday 5 May; and a show from funk powerhouse Tower of Power on Sunday 6 May 2018.

Jamie’s Picks

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The artistic curator of Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Jamie Cullum’s picks include Mercury Prize nominees Dinosaur on Friday 4 May; and acclaimed quartet Portico Quartet on Saturday 5 May.

Other names include singer-songwriter Anouska Lucas on Saturday 5 May; Kansas Smitty's House Band and Clare Teal on Saturday 5 May, who brought the house down during last year's show; and the Christian McBride Big Band on Sunday 6 May 2018.

The Best for First-Timers

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If you’re new to jazz music or want to experience something new, there will be a host of events ideal for first-timers.

Promising a great introduction to jazz, the line-up includes singer and daughter of legendary Dee Dee Bridgewater China Moses on Sunday 6 May; British songstress Corinne Bailey Rae on Sunday 6 May; and one of the UK's most exciting live acts, Riot Jazz on Monday 7 May 2018.


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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 and hands-on activities.

The dedicated Yamaha Discovery Tent will offer kids’ gigs, hands-on sessions and family fun during the weekend, with a host of live events scheduled too.

Children can enjoy highlights such as a Family Sing with Becki Biggins and Yamaha Hands-On sessions on Saturday 5 May; while on Sunday 6 May 2018 there will be events including Laura The Musical Explorer, Family Show: Bostin' Brass and Young Pilgrims, and more hands-on music.

Around Town

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Always a popular part of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, the …around town scheme will see more than 90 free gigs taking place across the town’s streets, pubs and clubs.

Featuring talented up-and-coming local and national artists, there’s the chance to enjoy music for free, ranging from pop-up street performances to jazz shows at night.

To see the full line-up and other highlights such as Rising Stars and the chance to See It Here First, visit directly.

Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2018
Various venues across Cheltenham
Wednesday 2 to Monday 7 May 2018
Times vary per individual event, contact organisers for details
Ticket prices vary per individual event, contact organisers for details
(01242) 850270

© SoGlos
Wednesday 14 February 2018

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