Cheltenham Jazz Festival …around town

Cheltenham Jazz Festival is coming to town, bringing Cheltenham to life with over 80 free performances in pubs, clubs and in the streets during the Festival (27 April to 2 May).
…around town will kick off on Wednesday 27th April at St Paul’s Church with Jo Whiley hosting a BBC Music Introducing showcase of the best jazz bands from across the country, which will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 2.
…around town aims to build on the success of the popular Fringe Festival which in previous years has taken place the weekend before the Jazz Festival. This year …around town will bring the Festival vibe to the heart of the town adding new venues and new collaborations with local promoters.
The line-up is as eclectic as it gets with performances from singer-songwriters, jazz standards, funk and soul to Afrobeat, Parisian swing and contemporary originals.
New this year are:
  • Cambray Place Street Stage
  • Brewery Quarter Stage
  • Pop Up Street Performances
  • Pop-Up events hosted by students from the University of Gloucestershire
  • Collaborations with local promoters The Snug and Xposed Club
All in addition to the great selection of live music in local pubs and restaurants which the Jazz Festival Fringe was famous for.
Festival Director Ian George said: “We can’t wait to bring over twice as many free performances to the town than in previous years. From the Brewery Quarter to the High Street and from pubs to Montpellier Gardens, we want the streets to be alive with music for all to enjoy.”
Free Stage, Montpellier Gardens (28 April – 2 May)
The Free Stage is at the heart of the Festival, and the best place to relax between events with free music throughout the weekend, as well as a bar and festival food traders. Performing here will be:
Local school jazz bands and Gloucestershire Jazz Live in the Jazz It Up programme; George Montague; Amy Fitz Doyley; Chameleon; Natasha Seale; Latimo; Electric Spank; DJ Gail; Pistol Pete Wearn; Alexander Hawkins: Environment Music; Sarah Munro; Siena Birmingham Quintet (a new exchange project between jazz students from Italy and the UK); Ashton Jones and Innerheart; Science of the Lamps; Motion Complex; Funked Up & Feelin’ Good; Pocket Dragon; Swing from Paris; Tadlib Collective; Rob Green; Demi Marriner; George and the Dragons; Thrill Collins; ELDA; Nate Simpson; JD & The Straight Shot; Johnny Sly; Ben Lee Quintet plus Classic Album Playbacks in the Take Five Family Tent.
Cambray Place Street Stage (30 April – 1 May)
Performing on the brand-new street stage are:
Flatlands and Garage Flowers; Patsy Gamble; The Underclass; The Cloggz; Sea Slugs; Two Faced Tom & The Bootleg Boys; Paul Richards Trio; Chris Read Quintet; Sifaka; Goosebumps; Gordon Wood Band; Mode9
The Brewery Quarter (1 May)
A day of great music at The Brewery Quarter combined with outdoor food and drink– featuring jazz quintets, blues, soul, skiffle and swing dancing. Performing here are:
Tom Barford’s Asterope; Kat & Co; JazzJiveSwing; George Montague; Thrill Colllins
Pop up performances
Throughout the Festival will be some surprise jazz pop-up performances from
fantastic artists from the …around town line-up.  And students from the University of Gloucestershire will be inviting people to try their hand at fun activities and watch performances dreamt up by the nation’s future creative minds.
The Snug at CLC Parabola Arts Centre
The Snug is a non-profit organisation set up in December 2013 to provide a platform for talented young musicians in Cheltenham and bring together the local community through music.
Xposed Club  at The Chapel, Francis Close Hall, University of Gloucestershire
Established in 2006, Xposed Club offers a vibrant and varied programme for alternative music taking place once a month at University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham. In a special collaboration with Cheltenham Jazz Festival, on 29th April Xposed Club presents Chinese percussion virtuoso Beibei Wang, Chicago cornettist Josh Berman and bass player Jason Roebke plus percussionist Paul Lytton, with support from Xposed Club regular Chris Cundy (NB Entry for this event is £7/£3 (students)
Other venues for …around town are:
  • Hotel du Vin
  • No. 131
  • Wild Beer at Jessop House
  • Harry Cook Free House
  • The Tavern
  • The Stable
  • St Paul’s Church

…around town
All four Festivals (Jazz, Science, Music and Literature) will be involved with …around town, which is expected to reach more than 400,000 people via its pop-up events, providing a window for a wider audience into the vibrant world of the Festivals. Cheltenham Festivals aims to add to Cheltenham’s attraction as a cultural destination, to provide a platform for local artists and to create more opportunities for local businesses, encouraging residents and visitors alike to come into town.
Cheltenham Jazz Festival: 27 April - 2 May 2016:
With over 20,000 music-fans getting in the festival swing every year, Cheltenham has become one of the country’s best-loved jazz festivals. Its trade-mark mix of international jazz icons, up-and-coming new artists and unique festival performances has seen it host some of the world’s greatest musicians over the Bank Holiday weekend. This year’s bold programme features a variety of classic and contemporary jazz, blues, soul and pop from a string of top acts including Guy Garvey, Jamie Cullum, Lianne La Havas, Beverley Knight, Mulatu Astatke, Courtney Pine, Taj Mahal, David Sanborn, Corinne Bailey Rae, Imelda May and many more at the 20th anniversary of one of Europe’s leading jazz festivals.
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