The Christian McBride Big Band has a sound which respects the past while looking forward. Playing originals from their acclaimed new album Bringin’ It, this will be the band’s first ever UK show and the only British date on their European tour.
Five-time Grammy winning American bassist Christian McBride is more than just a bandleader: he’s also host of NPR’s Jazz Night in America show and Artistic Director of Newport Jazz Festival, to name just two of his many roles. He will be joined on stage by an 18-piece band, vocalist Melissa Walker and Danny Ray, the legendary stage announcer for James Brown, who gives the leader an old-school intro before playing his thoroughly modern music.
McBride’s exciting big band is the perfect festival draw – steeped in old-school swing, Latin jazz, funk and Ray Charlesian soul-blues, bristling with hotshot soloists.
The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.
The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.
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