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Cheltenham Jazz Festival

What an amazing celebration of jazz!

Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2023 is over for anther year as Artistic Guest Curator Gregory Porter brought the curtain down on six days of music along with special guests Van Morrison, Lizz Wright and Giacomo Smith, in a special broadcast for the BBC. With stars gracing the Festival’s multiple stages including Damian Lewis, Squeeze and MIKA, the Festival drew its jazz net deliberately wide, drawing in jazz virtuosos such as Espen Eriksen, Laura Jurd and Julian Lage, powerful vocalists including Mica Millar, Sarah Brown and Tony Hadley, and crossover artists like Will Young, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Rufus Wainwright.

Hundreds of people gathered onsite across the May Bank Holiday weekend, including 1250 children attending the Jazz Concert for Schools on the Festival’s biggest stage, and tickets that were donated via local charity partnerships to marginalised communities including refugees. Cheltenham Jazz Festival is in this way widening the audience for jazz, incubating its next generation – and securing its future as a vibrant, diverse and accessible musical genre.

A kaleidoscope of jazz also spilled into the festival town taking over Cheltenham’s streets, clubs and bars. With everything from hip-hop and indo-jazz to funk and soul, there was something for everyone to explore and enjoy. Not forgetting a selection of the finest food traders as Cheltenham really is home to some of the best cafes, restaurants and bars in the county.

We can’t wait for next years Festival:  1- 6 May 2024 - SAVE THE DATE!

Further Information: Jazz | Cheltenham Festivals