With just five days until the start of Cheltenham Jazz Festival, we pick out five things not to miss.
UK exclusive at Cheltenham Town Hall
In their first ever UK show, multiple Grammy Award winning guitarist Bill Frisell and respected bassist Thomas Morgan combine to create a melodic and gentle mood in their intimate set. Frisell’s sought-after trademark sound has made him one of the most influential musicians in contemporary music, working with names such as Elvis Costello, Paul Simon and Charles Lloyd. Grab tickets to see the duo on Saturday 5 May at 12.30pm.
Sonic sculptures in a sea of sound and vibrations
Colony artists Alison Ballard and Mike Blow have created seven visually arresting and aurally entrancing large, tactile, sonic sculptures that transform Montpellier Woods into an alien landscape through light and sound. Through listening, touching and hugging each pod, you’ll experience the physicality of sound and a spatial composition which shifts slowly over time. Colony is a musical and mysterious event all ages will enjoy.
The heart and soul of Nigeria at #cheltjazzfest
Seun Kuti’s late father Fela Kuti was the first to fuse jazz, funk and soul with highlife and other African rhythms to create afrobeat, Seun has a sound which is just as compelling and is famed for his live shows. Egypt 80 join him on stage with funky horns, stirring chants and kicking beats that will get you dancing. Make sure you catch Seun Kuti & Egypt 80’s gig at Henry Westons Big Top from 2pm on Saturday 5 May.
Catch a double bill of the best talent from last year’s Free Stage line-up with Ashton Jones and Demi Marriner on Bank Holiday Monday. Join them at the Jazz Arena from 2.30pm as Ashton and his 5-piece band bring old-school funk and soul, while pop and country singer-songwriter Demi brings influences from the Nashville country scene to the stage. Don’t miss out!
Cheer on Cheltenham’s Next Generation
The Free Stage in Montpellier Gardens belongs entirely to young musicians from Gloucestershire secondary schools on Saturday and Sunday morning at Jazz It Up. Jazz It Up is an annual highlight for many schools, show your support for our next generation of musicians from 10.30am!