Cheltenham Jazz Festival is one of England’s best loved music events and attracts more than 20,000 music lovers every year and has in the past included names such as Jamie Cullum, Eartha Kitt, Imelda May and Ornette Coleman.
The main festival tented village is in Montpellier Gardens where there will be plenty of free music. There is the Big Top stage, the Jazz Arena, a Family Tent featuring workshops, performances and sing-alongs and food and drink stalls. There will be other free stages in Cambray Place and the Brewery Quarter.
Visit https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz for the full programme of both free and paid events. Yamaha will be offering the opportunity to make a some music with their giant floor piano and other workshops.
The eclectic line up includes: Van Morrison, Imelda May, Kamasi Washington, Courtney Pine and Omar, Corinne Bailey Rae, Rick Astley with Ronnie Scott’s Big Band, Caro Emerald, Gilles Peterson, Jordan Rakei, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan, Andy Sheppard, Randy Crawford,
The festival offers workshops and career advice (by appointment) for the first time this year.