Returning in 2019, The Cheltenham Jazz Festival brings it's iconic mix of the best classic, contemporary jazz, soul, blues and pop. This year's festival is set to host a line-up of world premieres, exclusive UK concerts and debuts from international talents and superstars from around the World. 

Happening from 1st - 6th May in regency Cheltenham surroundings, this year welcomes the likes of recently appointed Associate Curator Jamie Cullum and Artistic Curator Gregory Porter who is an multi-Grammy award winner, that will continue their positions for the Jazz Festival in the next three years. 

Who will be performing? 

A hand-picked range from Gregory Porter of favourites to perform at the Festival includes; Brazilian bossa-nova legend Sergio Mendes and jazz-infused pop gurus Swing Out Sister make rare UK appearances, while platinum-selling singer-songwriter Katie Melua, charttopping Curtis Stigers with the Ronnie Scott’s Big Band, popular US vocalist Madeleine Peyroux, Brit-Awardwinning soulful hitmaker James Morrison, million-selling jazz-funksters Level 42, and revered South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, whose Cheltenham show is a UK exclusive.

Amongst Porter's choices this year see's three vocal powerhouses: US singer Charenee Wade, Russianborn Snarky Puppy collaborator Alina Engibaryan, and acclaimed pianist and songwriter Kandace Springs

As ever the Festival welcomes rising stars of the music world such as British saxophonist Soweto Kinch and Swiss vocalist Andreas Schaerer, jazz star Yazz Ahmed who will present an exclusive preview of her latest project Polyhymnia, big-time saxophonist David Sanborn will showcase his Acoustic Band at the Town Hall, legendary British jazz-funk outfit Incognito celebrate their 40th anniversary in style with the UK debut of a new collaboration, plus twelve-time Grammy-nominated pianist Fred Hersch and US saxophonist Joshua Redman play their only UK tour dates at the Festival. A diverse range of acts will populate this year's Jazz Arena programme including MOBO-nominated soulstress Andreya Triana, titan trio The Bad Plus, new supergroup Rymden - formed of Bugge Wessletoft and EST’s Dan Berglund and Magnus Öström - and the National Jazz Youth Orchestra, who will celebrate women’s contribution to jazz throughout history. The innovative Musical Encounters strand returns in 2019, this time with Jazz Puddles; an interactive artwork installation by artist Mike Blow, which will playfully bring jazz to the streets of Cheltenham.

With onsite live broadcasts across the weekend hosted by the Festival's media partners BBC Radio 2, includes a Friday Night is Music Night: The Song of Soho presented by John Sessions and features guest singers Georgie Fame, Tommy Blaize and Vanessa Haynes, Guy Barker and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Broadcasts from Jo Whiley, Cerys Matthews and Gilles Peterson will be on BBC Radio 6Music throughout presenting some of the leading artists in the UK Jazz scene, with Gilles Peterson introducing his specially curated concert series in a new pop-up venue including high-flying London-based saxophonist Nubya Garcia, trippy jazz outfit Vels Trio and groove-driven keyboardist Joe Armon-Jones. Jazz and hip hop-inspired pianist and producer Alfa Mist, genre-defying trio Vula Viel, and hotly-tipped young vocalist Cherise Adams Burnett, who has been nominated as Vocalist of the Year at the 2019 Jazz FM Awards. 

The Festival Weekend

Offering a variety of opportunities for young people such as interactive shows for pre-schoolers in the Yamaha Discovery Space, a behind-the-scenes visit to the Friday Night is Music Night rehearsal and the 'Jazz It Up' showcase on the free stage for local school bands. 

The free fringe ...around town programme will be distributed throughout the streets, pubs and clubs of Cheltenham with over 90 free gigs to attend throughout the weekend as well as The 'Showcase' project opening its doors to two further emerging artists giving them the chance to play in the 600 seat Jazz Arena with a 6-month career support package opportunity. 

Hosted in a pop up Festival village set in Cheltenham's town centre Montpellier Gardens, headlining the Henry Westons Big Top Stage, Jazz Arena, Free Stage, Yamaha Discovery Space will see a programme of family activities, events and a food & drink market. Carrying on late into the spring evenings of May, venues in and around Cheltenham will continue to host performances in places such as Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham Ladies' College Parabola Arts Centre, Hotel du Vin, The Daffodil, the Lucky Onion's No 131 and a new pop-up venue in the ...around town programme. 

Tickets go on sale to Members at 10am on Wednesday 27 February 2019 and on general sale from 10am on Wednesday 6 March 2019. 


Cheltenham Jazz Festival
Cheltenham Jazz Festival

2020 Cheltenham Jazz Festival dates: 5 - 10 May 2020 Each year, the Cheltenham Jazz Festival takes over Cheltenham for six days, bringing a host of world-class, and up-and-coming acts from across the Jazz genre.



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