Jazz 2011

Thank god there's no Rhythm or Blues Festival because I would surely go insane. For those of you believing I have some sort of hatred of Blues music or the art of Rhythm, rest assured I do not. It's just an in-joke.

I'm not actually a huge Jazz fan either. I enjoyed the music in "The Talented Mr.Ripley" greatly, but that's about the extent of it for me.  Still, if Jazz is your thing...

Cheltenham Festivals

One week to go….

With just a week to go until the start of the 2011 Jazz Festival, we’re busy with all the final preparations – banners have appeared around Cheltenham and tents are starting to go up in Imperial Gardens ready for the opening of Jazz on the Square on 28th April and our special Royal Celebration day on Bank Holiday Friday 29th. It’s all very exciting.

Find out more about Jazz on the Square and the Royal Celebration

Jazz Fringe 2011

This year’s Jazz on The Town kicks off this Thursday 21st April with a great selection of free gigs happening in local pubs, cafes and shops. Then next Thursday (28th April), the Imperial Gardens play host to Fringe on the Square, which will continue throughout the Bank Holiday with free jazz on the Budvar Stage.

Read the full Jazz Fringe programme

Programme updates

Some changes have been made to a small number of Jazz Festival events:

Spin Marvel, Jazz Arena, Saturday 30 April, 5.15pm

We’re thrilled to be able to confirm that for this performance 

Spin Marvel are being joined by special guest John Paul Jones, of Led Zeppelin and Them Crooked Vultures, on bass guitar. He joins an already all-star line-up of Martin France, Nils Petter Molvaer and Terje Evensen. More information

Overtone Quartet, Cheltenham Town Hall, Sunday 1 May, 7pm

Due to the serious illness of a close family member Dave Holland is unfortunately unable to perform. His place will be taken by another legendary bassist Larry Grenadier, whose distinguished career includes long-established associations with Brad Mehldau, Pat Metheny and the trio Fly (whose performance was a highlight of the 2010 Festival), amongst many others.

Grenadier will join this all-star quartet which also features Jason Moran on piano and fender rhodes, Chris Potter on tenor sax and Eric Harland on drums. More information

In conversation with Jamie Cullum, Jazz Arena, Monday 2 May, 11am - on public sale

Previously only available to Members, tickets for this exclusive event are now available to the general public.Jamie is talking to Russell Davies, fellow jazz musician, writer and presenter, about his musical influences and the highlights of his career so far. Book tickets online.

Family Breakfast Show – Brass Jaw, Cheltenham Town Hall, Monday 2 May, 10.30am

The doors to the Town Hall will now open at 9.30am to allow people plenty of time to purchase their breakfast and find a seat before the event begins. More information

Following the show the four members of Brass Jaw have also agreed to answer any questions from budding young musicians in a short informal question and answer session between 11.40am and 12noon. This will take place in the Town Hall drawing room, next to the main hall, and will have limited capacity. Anyone wishing to attend should come to the drawing room immediately after the breakfast show has finished with their ticket from this event. If you have any queries about this event, please emailjazzfestival@cheltenhamfestivals.com

If you have any questions about any of these changes, please contact the Box Office on 01242 505444.

Festival dates...

Cheltenham Jazz Festival 27 April - 2 May 2011
The Times Cheltenham Science Festival 7 - 12 June 2011
HSBC Cheltenham Music Festival 29 June - 10 July 2011
The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 7 October - 16 October 2011

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