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5–10 May 2020 Box Office 01242 850270 cheltenhamfestivals.com #cheltjazzfest

Henry Westons Vintage Cider

Featuring Gregory Porter Emeli Sandé Keb’ Mo’ Lizz Wright Squeeze Norma Winstone & Pablo Held Keyon Harrold Ibibio Sound Machine Laura Jurd Liane Carroll Imelda May Kansas Smitty’s Beverley Knight Errol Linton KC & The Sunshine Band Nitin Sawhney Makaya McCraven The Rite Of Trio Saving Grace ft Robert Plant & Suzi Dian Gary Bartz & Maisha and many more


THANK YOU to our Partners and Supporters In Association With

WELCOME ‘I am thrilled to have taken on the programming of this incredible Festival at such a genuinely exciting time for jazz music.

Principal Partner

Henry Westons Vintage Cider

Major Partners

We really are spoilt for choice with the huge wealth and breadth of amazing new talent. It’s been a fantastic opportunity to create a programme for you that presents these young artists alongside the jazz legends that Cheltenham is so well known for. 2020 sees some brilliant and unique collaborations and features exciting artists curated by our very own Artistic Curator Gregory Porter and Associate Curator Jamie Cullum. As always, we are championing new talent through our year-round commitment to engage Gloucestershire’s fine young musicians and we offer nearly 90 inspiring (and free!) events for everyone to enjoy across the town throughout the Festival, giving up-and-coming musicians a platform to shine. Have a great time!’ David Gaydon Head of Programming, Cheltenham Jazz Festival

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Need help deciding? Here is our pick of unmissable event highlights. Then go on to discover family fun at the Festival from page 11, dive into the full programme from page 14 and plan your week with our handy guide on page 46. Done!

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Festival Partners Charles Irving Charitable Trust

Keyon Harrold page 19 Makaya McCraven page 21 Lizz Wright page 23 Gary Bartz & Maisha page 39

Rising Stars See It Here First

Birmingham Exchange page 19 Georgia Cécile page 24 Amahla & Rosie Tee page 28 Judi Jackson & Jalen N’Gonda page 30

Neil Charles: Dark Days page 20 Shake Stew page 22 Laura Jurd: Stepping Back, Jumping In page 28

Official Festival Hotel

Jazz Greats Gregory Porter page 14 Nitin Sawhney page 31 Keb’ Mo’ page 32 Norma Winstone & Pablo Held page 37 KC & The Sunshine Band page 40

Individual Supporters In-Kind Partner

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The Best For First-Timers

Keith Norton and Louise Hewett Marketing Partner

Media Partners

Squeeze page 16 Kansas Smitty’s Takeover page 18 The Rite Of Trio page 31 Emeli Sandé page 35 Ibibio Sound Machine page 38 3


FESTIVAL VILLAGE

Selection of food traders open 5 May, evening Full site opens 6 May, 5.30pm Free entry

Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50 1UW D ER SPA ROA

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Free Stage

Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre (GL50 3AA) 0.2 miles Hotel du Vin (GL50 3AH)

0.3 miles

The Daffodil (GL50 2AE)

0.3 miles

New pop-up venue! Warehouse @ The Brewery Quarter (GL50 4FA) 0.7 miles See back cover for map.

Hurly Burly Grab a bite and enjoy your coffee in the sun, while diving into free acoustic sets presented by the freshest musical talent.

Festival Bar Relax and refuel between gigs! Proudly serving Henry Westons Vintage Cider and Chase Distillery.

Festival Bar

Montpellier Woods Drinking Water

Food Traders

Chase Distillery

Main Entrance

See page 6 for details.

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Gardens Gallery Buggy Park

Yamaha Discovery Space

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Children’s Playground Jazz Puddles

Toilets

Drinking Water Food Traders

Stay hydrated and top up your reusable drinking bottles at our free water taps across site. Skate Park

Hurly Burly Drinking Water

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Jazz Puddles Step into our sound puddle installations across town and in the Festival Village and get enveloped in jazz music. No wellies required!

Settle in with some food and drink throughout the Festival, and listen to our selection of the best acts from across the country on our Free Stage. For the full line-up, pick up our free music guide from the Box Office on site or visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/ free-music

Henry Westons Big Top

Free Stage

MONTPELLIER WALK

Everyman Theatre (GL50 1HQ) 0.5 miles

Town Centre, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham Ladies’ College Parabola Arts Centre, Hotel du Vin, The Brewery Quarter & free music ...around town

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Yamaha Discovery Space Food Traders Grab a quick bite or a full meal from one of our street food traders all across the buzzing Festival Village.

The place to go for workshops, hands-on sessions and musical fun for all the family. See pages 6 & 11–13 for details.

Record Store Browse and purchase the latest jazz releases, CDs, vinyl, books and merchandise and get them signed by some of our Festival artists. Look out for the signing schedule on site! Brought to you by Stoney Lane Records.

The Yamaha Silent Bandstand Shhhhhhh! Grab some headphones, flick the switch and listen to a great line-up of silent performances.

Gardens Gallery Head to the Gardens Gallery to discover their Jazz Festival Artists for 2020!

The Chase Distillery Horse Box Bar Enjoy a delicious selection of gin and vodka based cocktails from Chase Distillery – pioneers of British field to bottle spirits.

Late Night Jam Sessions 7–9 May 10.30pm–3am Hotel du Vin (GL50 3AH) FREE The party carries on late into the night at our free jam sessions. Expect some surprise collaborations with our house band from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

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FREE EVENTS ON SITE Discover plenty of free activities, workshops and events across the Festival Village and the rest of Cheltenham all throughout the Festival

FREE

6–10 May

8 May

Free Stage

VE Day Celebrations

From brilliant student jazz bands to exciting emerging artists, settle in by our Free Stage at the heart of the Festival Village and discover extraordinary music. Surrounded by food and drinks traders and going late into the night, there’s no reason to leave! For the full line-up, pick up our free music guide from the Box Office on site or visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/ free-music

Free Stage

FREE GIGS

...around town

in association with Cheltenham BID

As part of the national commemoration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day, we are celebrating the Bank Holiday Friday with special vintage jazz performances on the Free Stage. Jitterbugging and 1940’s dress up encouraged! 5–10 May

Jazz Puddles Festival Village, The Brewery Quarter & The Promenade Who doesn’t enjoy jumping into a puddle? Get ready to make the leap, you won’t want to miss our marvelous musical puddles appearing all over Cheltenham! Look out for them marked on the floor and step into the puddle to be enveloped by jazz music from Festival artist. No wellies required! Installation by Mike Blow

Musical Adventures With Yamaha Ever dreamt of playing a musical instrument? Maybe you already do! Whether you’re discovering or rediscovering, come and visit the Yamaha Discovery Space to inspire your inner musician with a whole host of musical events and fun hands-on sessions aimed at adults and children alike. See pages 12 & 13 for dates and times. Get over to The Yamaha Silent Bandstand, then grab some headphones, flick the switch and listen to a great line-up of silent performances.

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90 free gigs taking over the streets, pubs and clubs of Cheltenham Dive into our musical pub crawl for unlimited fun over the Bank Holiday weekend: From popup performances and open air stage sets during the day to partying in Cheltenham’s pubs, bars and clubs late into the night, Cheltenham Jazz Festival …around town takes jazz, blues, soul, rock and everything in between all across the town …and all for free! Bringing you the best local talent and up-andcoming national artists over the Festival, expect an eclectic mix of free performances from morning ‘til late. The full programme will be revealed in April. Visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/free-music or pick up a free music guide from the Box Office in the Festival Village. In association with

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Who will perform this year?

Curated by Cheltenham Jazz Festival, the Henry Westons Sessions are an unmissable series of intimate performances filmed backstage at the Festival and shared online. Watch the eclectic mix of established artists and emerging talent throughout the Festival at youtube.com/cheltenhamfestivals

The Henry Westons Sessions at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Spotlight is Cheltenham Festivals’ year-round talent development programme. It offers a wide range of opportunities for all ages to engage with jazz and provides an invaluable platform for up-and-coming talent, supporting performers throughout their career.

Henry Westons Vintage Cider, the Official Cider of Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

One-To-One Clinics

In 1880, Henry Weston first started crafting cider from the bittersweet apples grown on his farm in Much Marcle, Herefordshire. Over many years, he refined the art of traditional cider making.

Emerging jazz artists receive invaluable career advice from industry professionals in the setting of the Festival.

Today, Henry Westons Vintage Ciders are produced only from apples grown in a single year’s harvest in the three counties of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. The ciders are always slowly matured, and spend time in traditional oak vats, which ensures exceptional taste.

The UK’s No.1 glass bottled apple cider*

Jazz Exchange This year, our annual Jazz Exchange concert will welcome students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Siena Jazz-Accademia Nazionale Del Jazz in Italy – two top institutions for studying jazz.

Jerwood Jazz Encounters Fellowship An 18-month programme giving early-career jazz artists the opportunity to create and develop ground-breaking new ways to present jazz at Festivals across England, including R&D funding, in-depth mentoring and a twoday Creative Lab. Charles Irving Charitable Trust

Showcase Opening doors for emerging artists who have previously taken part in …around town, we offer them a gig in the 600-seat Jazz Arena as well as a six-month package of career support, including a mentoring session with key music industry figures.

…around town Every year, we invite dozens of local and national artists to play on stages across Cheltenham throughout the Festival.

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*IRI Total off Trade 52 w/e 7th Dec 2019

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JAZZ FOR SCHOOLS

WHAT’S ON FOR FAMILIES

Our year-round and Festival school programmes engage hundreds of children and young people from schools across Gloucestershire and beyond.

There’s lots to explore for families in our Festival Village with free and ticketed events, from pop-up concerts to performances and hands-on music sessions. To find out more about what’s on for families, see pages 6–7 and 12–13.

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Family Friendly Facilities To make your day out easier we offer: • baby changing facilities and accessible toilets • a picnic area and water taps for free refills • a buggy park See the Festival Village map on pages 4–5 for locations.

Family Tickets

Musicate The Festivals’ flagship year-round Music Education programme inspires a love of music in children as well as developing life skills such as collaboration, confidence and concentration. Musicate is raising the quality of music education in Gloucestershire by equipping teachers and musicians to bring music to life in the classroom and beyond.

For safety, children aged 11 years and under must be accompanied by a ticket-holder aged 16 or over. Everyone over the age of 12 months is allocated a seat and requires a ticket, while babes in arms (12 months and under) do not require a ticket unless otherwise stated. For more information, visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/booking

Age Recommendations

Concert For Schools Our Concert for Schools sees 600 excited primary school children crowd into the Jazz Arena for a lively introduction to the joy of jazz.

Jazz It Up Taking the Free Stage by storm every year, Jazz It Up is an annual highlight for school and county jazz bands to perform in front of large crowds at the heart of the Festival. Come along and join the fun at the Free Stage on 8-10 May, 10.30am – 1pm.

The age recommendations shown are a guide to the age group we think will enjoy the event most. They are not a restriction, you know your child best.

Behind The Scenes Supporting older students interested in pursuing a career in the music industry, we give them the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at Friday Night Is Music Night and meet with industry professionals involved in the show.

For details on how to book for Jazz for Schools, go to cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz-for-schools Supported by

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FAMILY EVENTS

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SATURDAY 9 MAY 2–2.45pm

FAMILY EVENTS

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SATURDAY 9 MAY

12.15–1pm

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Brilliant Brass!

Jazz Kids: Alex Woods Trio

Yamaha Discovery Space £6 * Ages 3+

Yamaha Discovery Space £6 * Ages 4–8

10.45–11.30am

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Jazz Babies: BAM! Babies’ Academy Of Music Yamaha Discovery Space £6 * Ages 0–2 Bring your baby for a bounce with vocalist Sam Frankie Fox and multiinstrumentalist Ricardo Rocha. This warmly interactive performance for babies, families and friends celebrates music with a host of instruments, styles, gentle movements and stimulating sounds. BAM! features harp, diatonic accordion, a range of stringed instruments, songs in different languages and plenty more!

Join our dynamic band of musicians, fronted by members of Festival friends Bostin Brass, for some blistering brassy brilliance! From the soulful second line music of New Orleans to influences of ska and reggae, come and dance your way into Sunday afternoon with fun, games and trumpets galore.

From jazz trains to conductors, in-demand saxophonist Alex Woods introduces the amazing world of jazz to a younger audience through a whole host of fun games, singing and performance. Discover new ideas around rhythm, improvisation, tempo and the blues.

10.30–11.15am 3.15–7.30pm

Yamaha Sessions Free drop-in sessions for all ages

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Jazz Babies With Holly Thomas Yamaha Discovery Space £6 * Ages 0–4 Fabulous singer and early-years specialist Holly Thomas brings her infectious spirit and energy to the Festival. Together with her trio, Holly will help children to learn about singing, listening and instruments. Discover nursery rhymes, dance to the music and join in with jazz and other popular songs.

12.15–1pm

Global Folk Adventures With Katie Stevens

Yamaha Discovery Space £6 * Ages 2–5.

Yamaha Discovery Space £6 * Ages 4+

The BAM! team return with a special performance featuring the inspiring duo of Sam Frankie Fox and Portuguese sound-explorer Ricardo Rocha. Bringing a beautiful selection of songs, stories and poems set to music, they also perform jazz-influenced pieces from around the world with their trademark playfulness, warmth and flair.

Come and discover an inspiring mix of world folk music and exciting new instruments with multi-instrumentalist Katie Stevens and her friends. From the UK to the Middle East, the Balkan or Brazil (and plenty of places in between), listen to the music and stories. Featuring exciting instruments including the Bulgarian kaval and the Arabic ney as well as clarinet, saxophone, whistle and flute!

*Plus booking fee: charged at £2 per order.

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2–2.45pm

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Hotclub Of Jupiter Yamaha Discovery Space £6 * Ages 3+ With infectious gypsy jazz and joyful Parisian-influenced manouche music, the Hotclub of Jupiter will get everybody off their seat to dance. Led by violinist-extraordinaire Kit Massey, get ready for foot stomping swing classics, original songs, virtuosic violin playing and plenty of fun.

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Sam Frankie Fox & Ricardo Rocha

12.15–1pm

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3.15–7.30pm

Yamaha Sessions Free drop-in sessions for all ages

SUNDAY 10 MAY 9–11am, 3.15–7pm

Yamaha Sessions Free drop-in sessions for all ages

11–11.45am

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Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure For 2–2.45pm JF08 Kids & Surprise Family Sing With Guest Juliet Kelly Jazz Arena £8 * For all ages Following his sell out show last year, sonic superhero and award-winning beatboxer Shlomo returns to the Jazz Arena with his genre-defying show, using just his mouth and a mic. Entering a world of funny sounds, brilliant noises and cool music, he’ll make you one of his sidekicks and welcome a very special surprise guest from the Festival on stage.

Yamaha Discovery Space £6 * For all ages Our ever-popular Family Sing returns with acclaimed vocalist Juliet Kelly and a tribute to the jazz divas that have inspired and influenced her. With her distinctive, velvety voice, Juliet’s performances blend warmth, humour and beauty. Bring your ears and voices, family and friends of all ages for an hour of singing, fun and new music.

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TUESDAY 5 MAY 7–9.45pm

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WEDNESDAY 6 MAY

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Festival Site Opening

Denny Ilett Sings Sinatra And Nat ‘King’ Cole

Selection of traders open Tuesday evening, 5 May Full site opens Wednesday 6 May, 5.30pm Start your Bank Holiday weekend early, with a drink and delicious food, free live music and great company in Montpellier Gardens. The Festival Bar and Free Stage will be buzzing from 5.30pm onwards.

The Daffodil £68 Ticket includes a three-course set menu and Champagne

FREE

See the free music line-up online at cheltenhamfestivals.com/free-music

cocktail on arrival. Some tables may be shared. Bar open from 6pm, dinner served at 7pm, performance 8.30-9.45pm.

With an authenticity seldom heard, vocalist/guitarist Denny Ilett and his trio perform an intimate and heartfelt selection of Great American Songbook classics made famous by Frank Sinatra and Nat ‘King’ Cole. Between them, Sinatra and Cole’s recorded output represents the pinnacle of jazz-infused pop music from the 1940’s through to the 60’s with such gems as Fly Me To The Moon, Mona Lisa, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and Unforgettable at the forefront.

7–8.15pm

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Danielle Nicole Jazz Arena £22 * 2019 Grammy Nominee Danielle Nicole was a founding member and bass player of Kansas City blues-rock band Trampled Under Foot. Stepping out on her own, Nicole expands on the raw, gritty blues sound she created, adding distinct flares of R&B and soul to her music. Her powerful vocals, dynamic stage presence and solid bass playing ed her numerous awards aw have earned over the years.

8–9.30pm

Gregory Porter With Special Guest Lizz Wright

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Musical phenomenon Gregory Porter returns for his second year as Cheltenham’s Artistic Curator. His earthy, cross-pollinated brand of jazz, soul and gospel together with an incredible voice and inimitable performance style has made Gregory a firm Festival favourite in what he now calls his ‘home from home’. He is joined on stage by singer Lizz Wright.

Henry Westons Big Top £64 £62 £48 or £34 (restricted view) *

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WEDNESDAY 6 MAY 7–9.45pm

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THURSDAY 7 MAY

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Liane Carroll: Carroll Sings King The Daffodil £68 * Ticket includes a three-course set menu and Champagne cocktail on arrival. Some tables may be shared. Bar open from 6pm, dinner served at 7pm, performance 8.30-9.45pm.

One of the UK’s most accomplished jazz singers and outstanding pianist Liane Carroll brings her warm tribute to the legendary Carole King to the intimate setting of The Daffodil. Well known for her powerful, highly emotional voice and superlative improvising skills, Liane has enjoyed a long career across multiple genres including a long-lasting association with drum and bass stalwarts London Elektricity.

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7–9.45pm 6.30–7.45pm

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Oscar Jerome

The Daffodil

Jazz Arena

£68 * Ticket includes a three-course set menu and Champagne

£18 *

cocktail on arrival. Some tables may be shared. Bar open from 6pm, dinner served at 7pm, performance 8.30-9.45pm.

Rising through London’s rich and kaleidoscopic musical community, Norfolk-born guitar virtuoso Oscar Jerome has continued to stand out amongst the city’s colourful sonic tapestry. With influences from the world of jazz, funk, soul and hip-hop, Oscar showcases an adept musical mind that isn’t afraid to mix it up. Besides supporting Kamasi Washington around the UK and being part of the afrobeat collective KOKOROKO, he has worked with Ezra Collective, Sons of Kemet, Moses Boyd and Poppy Ajudha over the years.

8–10pm

Emma Smith ft. Jamie Safir

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Friday Night Is Music Night Walkin’ To New Orleans: The New Orleans Story

Two of the brightest, charismatic young stars of British jazz, award-winning vocalist Emma Smith and pianist Jamie Safir join forces for a swinging dinner gig. Mixing jazz originals and show tunes with contemporary numbers arranged specially for their set, you will hear unique interpretations of classics like Faith, Moondance and Sweet Dreams as well as some new takes on Broadway gems including Where Am I Going and I Don’t Care. FNIMN on Thursday? YES! Due to the bank holiday, we’re recording the show today for broadcast on Friday!

Henry Westons Big Top £50 £48 £30 or £20 (restricted view) * 8.30–10pm

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Squeeze Henry Westons Big Top £42 £38 £30 or £20 (restricted view) * 16

*Plus booking fee: charged at £2 per order.

Broadcast live on BBC Radio 2

New Wave icons Squeeze have a string of awards including an Ivor Novello, a Mojo and a plaque at the site of their first gig. Fronted by songwriting duo Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook (Cools for Cats, Up The Junction), they will play hits from their 45-year career as well as rarities from their back catalogue and solo careers.

From the banks of the Levee, to the French Quarter, New Orleans gave birth to jazz. Louis Armstrong, Lizzie Miles, Jelly Roll Morton, Mahalia Jackson, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick Jnr are just a few of the city’s famous sons and daughters. Guy Barker’s Big Band, the BBC Concert Orchestra and a stormin’ line up of jazz vocalists, celebrate ‘The Big Easy’ in the Big Top tonight. 17


THURSDAY 7 MAY

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Bebel Gilberto Everyman Theatre £20 or £10 (restricted view/legroom) * Multi-Grammy-nominated Brazilian-American singer Bebel Gilberto, daughter of bossa nova pioneer João Gilberto, will make her Cheltenham debut presenting songs from her highly anticipated new album. Expect sultry Brazillian beats, electronic bossa nova and smooth organic rhythms.

11am–12.15pm

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12.30–1.45pm

Jazz Exchange: Siena Keyon Harrold And Birmingham Jazz Arena Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre £10 * A highlight on the annual Festival bill, students from the jazz course at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire again come together with a European partner for a collaborative concert. This year these emerging jazz artists share the stage with students from the Siena Jazz-Accademia Nazionale Del Jazz in Italy, for a fresh, energetic gig.

£20 * Hailing from Ferguson, Missouri, Keyon Harrold has developed a reputation as one of the world’s most sought-after, emotionally charged young trumpeters on the scene. The genre-bending musician has toured and recorded with the likes of Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Common, Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill, to name but a few. Amongst numerous film and TV appearances, Keyon was the ‘sound’ of Miles Davis in the awardwinning biopic Miles Ahead. Gregory’s

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Kansas Smitty’s Takeover The Daffodil

‘He’s a fine trumpeter: pungent tone, technical grace and emotional resonance.’

£16 * With two critically acclaimed albums and a sold-out headline tour to their name, this tight-knit group of young musicians are one of the best live acts around. Hailing straight from their hugely popular basement bar in London, The Kansas Smitty’s Wrecking Crew – the rhythm section of the Kansas Smitty’s led by saxophonist Giacomo Smith – are back in Cheltenham with their ‘rattling, crackling energy’ (The Evening Standard) that will get you dancing, taking over The Daffodil for three unpredictably vibrant nights. In this staple event of the Festival, grab a cocktail and prepare for a late-night party with London’s best alongside very special guests from across the Festival programme.

Jazz Times

Late Night Jam Sessions 7–9 May 10.30pm–3am Hotel du Vin FREE

‘They dance to a beat of their own drum. Totally unpredictable!’ Cerys Matthews

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*Plus booking fee: charged at £2 per order.

Just a short stroll from the Festival site, the party carries on late into the night at our free jam sessions. Spot a few Festival artists playing with our house band from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Yamaha Discovery Space Family events & workshops for all ages See pages 11–13 for details of today’s events: Jazz Babies: BAM! Babies’ Academy Of Music, Sam Frankie Fox & Ricardo Rocha, Jazz Kids: Alex Woods Trio, Yamaha Sessions 19


FRIDAY 8 MAY

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Kansas Smitty’s Everyman Theatre £18 or £9 (restricted view/legroom) * 2–3.15pm

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Bamako To Birmingham: Amadou & Mariam And The Blind Boys Of Alabama

‘One of the hottest live acts on the UK jazz scene’ Jamie Callum

Henry Westons Big Top

Jazz Arena

4–5.15pm

Two jazz powerhouse artists collaborating on one stage. Fronted by founding member Jimmy Carter, the iconic gospel group The Blind Boys Of Alabama will showcase music from across their vast back catalogue as well as from their brand new album Work To Do. They are joined by Malian Afrobeat-pop duo Amadou & Mariam whose colourful blend of traditional African music, rock and desert blues has seen them become one of Africa’s most popular acts.

2–3pm

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Neil Charles: Dark Days £14 * A brand new Anglo-American project inspired by writer James Baldwin’s searing essays, this five-piece is set to deliver a dramatic and engaging take on contemporary black music. Featuring USA flautist Nicole Mitchell and vocalist Tara Middleton from the Sun Ra Arkestra, drummer Mark Sanders, pianist Pat Thomas and composer/ bass player Neil Charles from the UK.

*Plus booking fee: charged at £2 per order.

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£22 *

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From the moment they played their first note together, Kansas Smitty’s House Band have set out to reinvent how audiences experience jazz. Theirs is a joyful, spontaneous jazz rooted in swing and blues that keeps the shows fresh and the crowds faithful. With a new record out in May, these ‘jazz addicted twenty-somethings’ have developed a sound of their own with an energy that is infectious and bold. Get ready for a show you’ll never forget as they move from the Daffodil stage to the beautiful Everyman.

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Makaya McCraven

£30 £28 £22 or £18 (restricted view) *

FRIDAY 8 MAY

‘Beat scientist’ Makaya McCraven is a drummer, producer and sonic collagist who has made a big impact on Chicago’s cultural scene. He is a true improviser who with each performance creates a new live music experience, blurring the boundaries of jazz and electronic music.

‘You are listening to one incredible musician. His style and sound is unique, a heady, skilful, sophisticated and boldly uncompromising mix of jazz and hip hop…’ UK Vibe

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FRIDAY 8 MAY

Bank Holiday

Box Office 01242 850270 4.30–5.30pm

Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre

5.45–7pm

Lizz Wright Everyman Theatre

Booker T. Jones Henry Westons Big Top £38 £36 £28 or £22 (restricted view) * Leader of the famed Stax Records house band and architect of the Memphis soul sound, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winning Booker T. Jones is arguably one of modern music’s most acclaimed figures. With classic hits such as Green Onions, Hang ‘Em High, Time Is Tight and Melting Pot, he constantly pushed soul music’s boundaries with his categorydefining group Booker T. & the MGs. He is back in Cheltenham for an unforgettable show with material from his new album Note By Note. 22

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£14 *

£22 or £11 (restricted view/legroom) *

‘Sitting between the realms of spiritual jazz, afrobeat and just utter madness, Shake Stew have forged a herculean record which is utterly scintillating’ (Jazz Revelations). Since their debut at the Saalfelden Festival in 2016, Shake Stew has become one of the most exciting bands in Europe with their mix of hypnotic Afrobeat and jazz grooves. Hear them in their first UK visit.

With honeyed vocal textures, Georgia-born singer Lizz Wright brings a powerfully emotional live presence, soulful grooves, brilliant colour and vibrancy to original works and classics. She uses the power of her ‘smooth, dark alto possessed of qualities you might associate with barrel-aged bourbon or butter-soft leather’ (New York Times) as a soaring reflection of her home country’s cultural fabric. Not surprising, she is one of Gregory Porter’s personal choices for the Festival.

6–7pm

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Shake Stew

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Gilles Peterson Presents: Rosie Lowe

New pop-up venue for 2020!

Warehouse @ The Brewery Quarter £15 * Standing ticket Singer-songwriter Rosie Lowe always delivers. Her fresh mix of jazz, R&B and electronica comes together cohesively on her recent second album YU. Warm and euphoric beats matched with her experimental edge keep things exciting as ever, as YU sees Rosie share the creative journey of writing the record with incredible guitarist Dave Okumu (The Invisible, Grace Jones, Kwabs, Jessie Ware). This is an emerging artist on a rapid rise – not to be missed.

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FRIDAY 8 MAY

Bank Holiday

7–9.45pm

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7.30–8.45pm

Georgia Cécile

Shaun Escoffery

The Daffodil

Jazz Arena

£68 * Ticket includes a three-course set menu and

£22 *

Champagne cocktail on arrival. Some tables may be shared. Bar open from 6pm, dinner served at 7pm, performance 8.30-9.45pm.

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Known for his ‘cashmere voice’ (The Guardian), London-born soul and R&B singer and actor Shaun Escoffery was hailed as one of Britain’s biggest talents when he arrived on the scene in 2002. Since then, his incredible career speaks for itself: he’s sung the National Anthem for Lennox Lewis before his boxing fight with Mike Tyson, received Olivier Award nominations for his West End roles and worked with artists including Erykah Badu and Angie Stone.

Tipped as ‘One To Watch’ by BBC Introducing and winner of Best Vocalist Award at the 2019 Scottish Jazz Awards, Georgia Cécile is receiving acclaim from audiences and critics alike on the strength of her live performances with award-winning pianist and co-writer Euan Stevenson. Inspired by a range of musical influences including Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone and Stevie Wonder.

‘A unique mix of dystopian sax, beat wizardry and avant blues connection’ Marlbank

9–10.30pm

Saving Grace ft. Robert Plant & Suzi Dian 7.15–8.15pm

Pulled By Magnets Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre £16 * 24

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Seb Rochford, recently Patti Smith’s drummer, brings his latest project to Cheltenham. The music of Pulled By Magnets draws on Seb’s Anglo-Indian heritage, and is the result of an intense period of study of percussion in India. Blurring jazz with other music styles and pushing the boundaries of the genre as we know it today, the trio is complete with Pete Wareham on saxophone and Neil Charles on bass.

Henry Westons Big Top £40 £38 £32 or £22 (restricted view) *

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Hailed by many as rock’s greatest voice, former Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant introduces his new co-operative Saving Grace to the Cheltenham crowd tonight. Expect warm harmonies with singer Suzi Dian and music that has been described as ‘sublime, laid back and bluesy with eastern and folk influences’ (Sparc Theatre), including new tracks as well as classic songs. Percussionist Oli Jefferson as well as Matt Worley and Tony Kelsey on mandolin, cuatro, baritone and acoustic guitars complete the band.

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Gilles Peterson Presents: Melt Yourself Down

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Leïla Martial: Baa Box Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre

Warehouse @ The Brewery Quarter

£14 *

£15 * Standing ticket

Charismatic French singer Leïla Martial is definitely one to discover at Cheltenham. Her performances are absorbing, dramatic and innovative, reflecting her theatrical training. Expect ethereal soaring vocals, breathy rhythms and electronic loops, accompanied by bass and drums.

Showcasing the prolific talents of saxophonist Pete Wareham, Melt Yourself Down rose from the ashes of his previous outfit Acoustic Ladyland and from everything he learned with Polar Bear. His work in reinventing and defying musical genres has paved the way for acts such as Comet is Coming, Black Flower and Mercury Prize-nominated Sons of Kemet. Prepare yourselves for an eclectic, high energy mix of pan-global punk rock jazz.

10pm–12am

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Gilles Peterson DJ Set 9.15–10.30pm

Warehouse @ The Brewery Quarter

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£18 * Standing ticket

Stacey Kent

Gilles Peterson is a broadcaster, DJ and record collector who’s played a pivotal role in supporting forward-thinking underground music in the UK and beyond over the past three decades. His weekly primetime BBC Radio 6 Music show is the ultimate taste-making event for music lovers. Expect the unexpected as Gilles digs deep into his crates for this late-night DJ session in our pop-up Warehouse space joined on stage by longstanding MC General Rubbish.

Everyman Theatre £22 or £11 (restricted view/legroom) * Critically acclaimed American vocalist Stacey Kent has had album sales of more than two million across her career. Delving into the Great American Song Book as well as exploring Brazilian bossa nova and French chanson, Stacey has partnered with British saxophonist Jim Tomlinson whose songwriting partnership with Nobel Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro has come to form an essential plank in her distinctive repertoire.

Late Night Jam Sessions 7–9 May 10.30pm–3am Hotel du Vin FREE Just a short stroll from the Festival site, the party carries on late into the night at our free jam sessions. Spot a few Festival artists playing with our house band from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

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11–1am

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Kansas Smitty’s Takeover The Daffodil £16 * See event J10 on page 18 for details.

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Holly Thomas Hotel du Vin £55 * Ticket includes a three-course lunch. Please arrive at 12pm to be seated. Some tables may be shared. Lunch served at 12.30pm, performance 1pm.

12–1.30pm

Heavily influenced by Norma Winstone and Becca Stevens, Holly Thomas enjoys working with poetry and songs that resonate across the spectrum of human emotions. For this exclusive lunch event Holly will be carefully selecting her material from the American Song Book as well as Latin jazz from Brazil and original compositions that reflect the experiences of those around her.

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Showcase: Amahla & Rosie Tee Jazz Arena £10 *

11am–12pm

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Laura Jurd: Stepping Back, Jumping In Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre £16 * Laura Jurd’s latest project with a 14-piece ensemble is one of her best to date. The album on Edition Records has received excellent reviews for its mix of large-scale compositions and brilliant improvisation. Featuring an eccentric mix of virtuoso musicians including the Ligeti Quartet, this is the first chance to hear the band live since the album was released.

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A new name for British soul, Amahla has garnered over 1 million streams, sold out two headline shows and received widespread critical acclaim for her distinctive voice and powerful songwriting. Fresh off performances at The Royal Albert Hall, Jazz Café and Ronnie Scott’s, she now storms the Cheltenham stage. Rosie Tee is a Birmingham local known for her textural, atmospheric blend of electronica and jazz, grounded by alt-pop sensibilities. With a sound dubbed ‘poised & elegant’ by BBC Radio 6’s Tom Robinson, her contemporary approach to songwriting fluctuates between classical orchestration, jazz-infused grooves and electronic samples.

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stillefelt Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts centre £12 * This Birmingham-based improvising trio is strongly influenced by Norwegian jazz: hence the name stillefelt – ‘quiet field’. Featuring the massive talents of leader and electric bass player Chris Mapp, trumpeter Percy Pursglove and guitarist Thomas ‘Seminar’ Ford, the music has undulating electronic soundscapes blurring the lines between each instrument’s voice, but still with their acoustic qualities at its heart. 29


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Double Bill: Judi Jackson & Jalen N’Gonda

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Nitin Sawhney Jazz Arena £24 *

Henry Westons Big Top £20 £18 £16 or £12 (restricted view) *

Nitin Sawhney is one the most distinctive and versatile musical voices of his generation, achieving an international reputation across every possible creative medium. In 2017 he received the Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award, and is firmly established as a world-class producer, songwriter, DJ, multiinstrumentalist, orchestral composer and cultural pioneer. Nitin and his astonishing band will perform tracks from his seminal album Beyond Skin alongside other works from his 20-album career.

Judi Jackson has an infectious energy and, as a self-confessed ‘old soul’, sings as if she’s laying bare a life that’s been lived far beyond her 26 years. Having earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the UK’s most talented emerging jazz artists, she was nominated for last year’s Jazz FM Awards Vocalist of the Year. With his tender soulful voice and bluesy arrangements, Jalen N’Gonda took inspiration at a very young age from his father’s collection of jazz, hip-hop and soul records. He now sells out venues across Europe and has supported the likes of Laura Mvula, Martha Reeves and Lauryn Hill.

2–3.15pm

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Electric Lady Big Band Everyman Theatre £20 or £10 (restricted view/legroom) * ‘I would like a big band that I can write and conduct for.’ Jimi Hendrix, 1970 To mark the 50th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 masterpiece Electric Ladyland, guitarist, vocalist and arranger Denny Ilett assembled a 16-piece band of leading UK jazz musicians including Laura Jurd, Yazz Ahmed, Iain Bellamy and many more to set about crafting new arrangements of Hendrix’s revolutionary and iconic music. Taking the rock, blues, jazz, funk, soul and psychedelic elements of Electric Ladyland into a whole new area and celebrating rave reviews and sold out shows across the country, the Electric Lady Big Band make a hugely anticipated stop at the Festival. 30

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4.15–5.15pm

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The Rite Of Trio Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre £12 * Our pick from the 12 Points Festival showcasing Europe’s new jazz artists, The Rite of Trio is one of the best examples of the thriving young scene in Portugal. Powerful and rock-oriented, they make their first UK appearance with André Bastos Silva (guitar), Filipe Louro (double bass) and Pedro Melo Alves (drums). 31


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Imelda May & Ronnie Scott’s Big Band Henry Westons Big Top

7–8pm

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Keb’ Mo’ Everyman Theatre £28 or £14 (restricted view/legroom) * Blues legend and singer/guitarist/songwriter Keb’ Mo’ has earned a reputation for his ability to draw upon his bottomless roots-music expertise to make deeply expressive, highly personal music. Combining traditional blues styles with a contemporary attitude, his mastery for timeless storytelling is consistent with his desire to create music that reflects his own passions and interests. Most recently nominated for his fifth Grammy Award for his latest album Oklahoma, he storms the Festival stage with his distinctive sound.

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Myra Melford & Snowy Egret

£36 £34 £28 or £20 (restricted view) *

Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre

Irish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Imelda May returns to the Big Top for an explosive collaboration with the absolutely masterful Ronnie Scott’s Big Band. Formerly described as ‘rockabilly revivalist’ (The Independent), Imelda May’s most recent release was a combination ‘of dusky Americana and vintage British soul’ (All Music). We can’t wait to see what Imelda and Ronnie’s Big Band have developed for this special one-off show featuring new arrangements of her original songs alongside standards from the Big Band repertoire including Ray Charles’ seminal classic “Let The Good Times Roll”.

£16 * Pianist Myra Melford leads one of the most creative jazz groups coming out of the USA. It features an all-star line-up with Liberty Ellman on guitar, Ron Miles on cornet, Stomu Takeishi on electric bass and Rudy Royston on drums. With a compelling stage presence, Melford bridges contemporary jazz and contemporary chamber music.

7.30–8.45pm 5.45–7pm

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Rejoice: Tony Allen Celebrates Hugh Masekela Jazz Arena £24 *

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The influence of this drumming pioneer on the rhythmic phenomenon of Afrobeat is indisputable. Here he plays tribute to the late, legendary South African trumpet player Hugh Masekela highlighting tracks from the album Rejoice which they recorded together in 2010 but was never completed and released until now. Tony Allen himself describes the record as ‘a kind of South African-Nigerian swingjazz Afrobeat stew’.

‘Without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat’ Fela Kuti

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SATURDAY 9 MAY 9–10.30pm

Errol Linton

Emeli Sandé

The Daffodil

Henry Westons Big Top

£68 * Ticket includes a three-course set menu

£64 £62 £48 or £34 (restricted view) *

and Champagne cocktail on arrival. Some tables may be shared. Bar open from 6pm, dinner served at 7pm, performance 8.30-9.45pm.

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Her big single Heaven brought Emeli Sandé into the mainstream back in 2012. In her fabulous most recent album Real Life you’ll hear dozens of influences including Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Anita Baker, Alicia Keys, for despite her strong pop sensibilities, she is also a great jazz singer. We are set for a real Festival treat as she teams up with producer and multiinstrumentalist Troy Miller who will bring in a lavish string section to enhance what promises to be a very special performance of her new record alongside her big hits.

Three times winner of the Blues Awards as British Best Harmonica Player of the Year, Errol Linton is a harmonica wizard from Brixton (of Jamaican descent), a singer, a songwriter, a painter and the hero of the London Underground, where he has played his unique and highly original blend of blues with hints of reggae for 30 years. Tonight, he brings his music to Cheltenham’s stage.

9.15–10.45pm

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Liebman/ Brecker/ Copland Quintet Everyman Theatre £24 or £10 (restricted view/legroom) * 7.30–8.45pm

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Gilles Peterson Presents: Nubiyan Twist Warehouse @ The Brewery Quarter £15 * Standing ticket

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A blend of virtuosic players, skilled producers and inspired composers join forces to create a unique, infectious sound drawing on jazz, hip-hop, afrobeat, Latin, soul, reggae and dance music. Orchestrated by guitarist/producer Tom Excell, this epic ten-piece live show features a four-piece horn section, three vocalists, electronics and an international (Brazil/UK) rhythm section to create a powerful and unforgettable experience equally at home lighting up late-night festival headliner slots or selling out jazz venues across Europe.

A brand-new group fronted by three of contemporary jazz’s leading instrumentalists. Saxophonist David Liebman, trumpeter Randy Brecker and pianist Marc Copland, who stunned the audiences at the 2019 Cheltenham Jazz Festival, bring their quintet to the Everyman Theatre.

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SATURDAY 9 MAY

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11am–12pm 10–11.15pm 9.45–10.45pm

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Mette Rasmussen & Chris Corsano Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre £14 * Mette Rasmussen is a brilliant improvising saxophonist from Denmark. She plays in various formats and has recently been touring as the opening act for experimental music collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor. In this context she pairs up with another brilliant improviser, drummer Chris Corsano, who played with Björk in one of her most creative bands.

Late Night Jam Sessions

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Gilles Peterson Presents: Steam Down

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Norma Winstone & Pablo Held

Vocalist Norma Winstone is a legend of British jazz, having been part of the 1970s generation of musicians who created a distinctive English voice. She performs with the amazing German pianist Pablo Held, last seen in Cheltenham with guitarist John Scofield.

Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre £16 *

‘Her spare, subtle and intelligent approach to improvisation, jazz standards, impressionistic tone poetry like a vocal Jan Garbarek, put her in the forefront of European singers.’

Warehouse @ The Brewery Quarter £15 * Standing ticket Following their formation in 2017, Steam Down has quickly become regarded as one of the most exciting new bands on London’s music scene; an artist collective whose infectious energy and fiery mix of Afrobeat, jazz and future soul reverberates across the capital. Their incendiary live shows have helped build a fiercely loyal following and their weekly night in Deptford is now a stomping ground for the band’s rapidly growing community, which stretches far beyond the burgeoning UK jazz scene.

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11–11.45am

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Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure For Kids & Surprise Guest Jazz Arena

7–9 May 10.30pm–3am Hotel du Vin FREE Just a short stroll from the Festival site, the party carries on late into the night at our free jam sessions. Spot a few Festival artists playing with our house band from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

SUNDAY 10 MAY

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Kansas Smitty’s Takeover The Daffodil £16 * See event J10 on page 18 for details.

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Following his sell out show last year, sonic superhero and award-winning beatboxer Shlomo returns to the Jazz Arena with his genre-defying show, using just his mouth and a mic. Entering a world of funny sounds, brilliant noises and cool music, he’ll make you one of his sidekicks and welcome a very special surprise guest from the Festival on stage.

Yamaha Discovery Space Family events & workshops for all ages See pages 11–13 for details of today’s events: Brilliant Brass!, Family Sing With Juliet Kelly, Yamaha Sessions

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3–4.15pm

Gary Bartz & Maisha 1–2.15pm

Jazz Arena

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£24 *

Ibibio Sound Machine

In his long musical journey from being a sideman to Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Miles Davis and Art Blakey to a solo career marking him as the luminary of the fusion movement of the 70s, Gary Bartz recorded many impactful albums. These include the iconic Another Earth, inspired by John Coltrane’s iconic A Love Supreme. Gary Bartz makes his well overdue Cheltenham debut accompanied by UK’s leading spiritual jazz outfit Maisha.

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Henry Westons Big Top £20 £18 £16 or £12 (restricted view) * Fronted by Nigerian singer Eno Williams, Ibibio Sound Machine is a clash of African and electronic elements inspired in equal measure by the golden era of West-African funk & disco and modern post-punk & electro. Expect a groove-driven melange of styles which also takes in gospel and R&B, alongside African polyrhythms, punchy horns and wah-wah driven guitar.

4.30–5.45pm

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Beverley Knight Henry Westons Big Top £40 £38 £32 or £22 (restricted view) *

2–3pm

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Ydivide Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre £14 * Representing Switzerland’s lively jazz scene is Ydivide with players from Switzerland, UK and Ireland. It is led by the Swiss drummer Clemens Kuratle seen here last year with Julie Campiche’s band, and features bass player Lukas Traxel, also from Switzerland, saxophonist Dee Byrne and pianist Elliot Galvin from the UK, and guitarist Chris Guilfoyle from Ireland. 38

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Championed throughout her career by the likes of David Bowie and Prince, ‘Queen of UK soul’ Beverley Knight celebrated 25 years since her first release last year with a new celebrated live album, BK25. In tonight’s Big Top concert she pays tribute to Stevie Wonder for his 70th birthday and looks back on her whirlwind career, filled with huge hits (including Greatest Day and Shoulda Woulda Coulda), accolades including MOBO Awards and an MBE, West End leading roles and collaborations with Ronnie Wood and Chaka Khan, to name a few.

‘Beverley Knight is a joy to experience live... Knight thrives off a live audience, marrying rawness with technical proficiency.’ The Soul House

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SUNDAY 10 MAY

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KOKOROKO Jazz Arena £20 * Sonically living up to their name (‘be strong’ in Nigerian), KOKOROKO are an all-star eightpiece Afrobeat collective featuring leading lights from the London jazz community. Powered by a seismic horn section led by trumpet player Sheila Maurice-Grey, KOKOROKO are on a mission to fashion new languages using the medium of Afrobeat while paying respectful homage to their great inspirations Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor and Tony Allen.

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Closing the Festival in some style, KC and the Sunshine Band bring their unique fusion of R&B and funk together with a heady sprinkling of Latin groove that will have the Big Top rocking! With an impressive string of hits including Get Down Tonight, That’s The Way (I Like It) and Shake Your Booty they were one of the most progressive bands of the 70’s credited with changing the sound of modern pop music. Be prepared for some heavy booty shaking!

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J08 EMMA SMITH FT. JAMIE SAFIR

J10 KANSAS SMITTY’S TAKEOVER

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FRIDAY 8 MAY J17 AMADOU & MIRIAM AND THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA

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J12 KEYON HARROLD

J20 SHAUN ESCOFFERY

J14 KANSAS SMITTY’S JF02 SAM FRANKIE FOX & RICARDO ROCHA

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J18 LIZZ WRIGHT

JF03 JAZZ KIDS: ALEX WOOD TRIO J13 NEIL CHARLES: DARK DAYS

J11 JAZZ EXCHANGE: SIENA AND BIRMINGHAM

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J24 SAVING GRACE FT. ROBERT PLANT AND SUZI DIAN

J16 BOOKER T. JONES J51 MAKAYA MCCRAVEN

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YAMAHA SESSIONS J19 PULLED BY MAGNETS

J15 SHAKE STEW

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J25 LEÏLA MARTIAL: BAA BOX

J23 GEORGIA CÉCILE

J26 KANSAS SMITTY’S TAKEOVER

J54 GILLES PETERSON PRESENTS: MELT YOURSELF DOWN

J21 GILLES PETERSON PRESENTS: ROSIE LOWE

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SATURDAY 9 MAY J31 DOUBLE BILL: JUDI JACKSON & JALEN N’GONDA

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J50 SHOWCASE: AMAHLA & ROSIE TEE

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J52 TONY ALLEN CELEBRATES HUGH MASEKELA

J32 ELECTRIC LADY BIG BAND JF04 JAZZ BABIES WITH HOLLY THOMAS J27 LAURA JURD: STEPPING BACK, JUMPING IN

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J53 EMELI SANDÉ

J28 NITIN SAWHNEY

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J45 LIEBMAN/BRECKER/COPLAND QUINTET

J36 KEB’ MO’

JF06 HOTCLUB OF JUPITER

YAMAHA SESSIONS

J30 STILLEFELT

J37 MYRA MELFORD & SNOWY EGRET

J34 THE RITE OF TRIO

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J41 METTE RASMUSSEN & CHRIS CORSANO J39 ERROL LINTON

J47 KANSAS SMITTY’S TAKEOVER

J38 GILLES PETERSON PRESENTS: NUBIYAN TWIST

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J42 GILLES PETERSON PRESENTS: STEAM DOWN

J29 HOLLY THOMAS

SUNDAY 10 MAY

SUNDAY 10 MAY J43 IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE

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J48 BEVERLEY KNIGHT

JF07 SHLOMO

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J44 NORMA WINSTONE & PABLO HELD

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J33 GARY BARTZ & MAISHA JF08 FAMILY SING WITH JULIET KELLY

JF09 BRILLIANT BRASS!

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VISIT & BOOKING INFORMATION cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz

Access Requirements

01242 850270 (Tue–Fri 10am–5pm). Phones open daily during the Festival.

Please book using our online form which will be available from 12 February at cheltenhamfestivals.com/access-requirements

Before the Festival: Pop Up Box Office

Dining Event Bookings

Members’ opening dates & times: 26–28 February, 10am–2pm General booking opening dates & times: 4–6 March, 10am–2pm Style Studio at John Lewis and Partners Cheltenham, 123 High Street, GL50 1DQ

Our dining seating plans are pre-allocated by the venue and tables may be shared. Please inform our Box Office about any dietary requirements, or add these to the special requirements field when booking online.

During the Festival: Festival Site Box Office

Family Events

Opening dates & times: Tue 5.30–8pm & Wed–Sun 9.30–9pm Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50 1UW

For safety, children under 12 years must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult aged 16 or over. Everyone over the age of 12 months is allocated a seat and requires a ticket, while babes in arms (12 months and under) do not require a ticket (unless otherwise stated).

The Box Office at the Parabola Arts Centre and The Everyman Theatre will be open 45 minutes before each performance. For queries email boxoffice@cheltenhamfestivals.com For full details and Ts&Cs visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/booking

Gift Vouchers

Booking Dates

Cheltenham Festivals Gift Vouchers may be purchased at our Box Office or online at cheltenhamfestivals.com/gift-vouchers and may be redeemed against ticket or Membership purchases.

Members’ Priority Booking From 10am, Wednesday 26 February 2020 General Booking From 10am, Wednesday 4 March 2020

Quicker & Easier Booking with Wish Lists

Booking Fees

You must create a Wish List in advance to buy tickets on day one of Members’ or General Booking (26 February / 4 March). Visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz to create yours before booking opens. Wish Lists will close after the General Booking date.

Charged at £2 per order; including online, telephone, in person cash and card sales.

Members Discounts Ticket discounts are not available for events which include catering or other goods in the ticket price.

Getting to the Festival Cheltenham is easily accessible from all over the UK, by road and rail. Most events take place on the main Festival site, located in central Cheltenham on Montpellier Gardens (GL50 1UW). Other venues are within walking distance. For more information on public transport and car parks go to cheltenhamfestivals.com/your-visit

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