Cosmic big band giants, the Sun Ra Arkestra, led by Marshall Allen, are the first headline name to be announced for Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2015.
Coming straight off the back of Sun Ra’s centenary year, and major concerts at the Barbican and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, the Arkestra will bring their unique Afro-futurist extravaganza and interplanetary bop to the Festival Big Top in what should prove to be one of the Festival’s most eye-catching events.
Also announced are Joe Lovano’s Village Rhythms band, former Fela Kuti drum legend Tony Allen, and Hackney Colliery Band who will be performing new music as well as their well-known covers.
There’ll also be the exciting project IN BED WITH (an Anglo/French artist collaboration) featuring keyboardist Kit Downes, guitarist Julien Desprez, and drummer Sylvain Darrifourcq.
The full Festival line-up will be announced in the new year.
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