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...
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.
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.
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 Marvelare being joined by special guestJohn Paul Jones, ofLed ZeppelinandThem Crooked Vultures, on bass guitar. He joins an already all-star line-up ofMartin France,Nils Petter MolvaerandTerje Evensen.More information
Overtone Quartet, Cheltenham Town Hall, Sunday 1 May, 7pm
Due to the serious illness of a close family memberDave Hollandis unfortunately unable to perform. His place will be taken by another legendary bassistLarry Grenadier, whose distinguished career includes long-established associations with Brad Mehldau, Pat Metheny and the trioFly(whose performance was a highlight of the 2010 Festival), amongst many others.
Grenadierwill join this all-star quartet which also featuresJason Moranon piano and fender rhodes,Chris Potteron tenor sax andEric Harlandon 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.Jamieis talking toRussell 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions about any of these changes, please contact theBox Office on 01242 505444.
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