Article: Cheltenham Jazz Festival Draws The Crowds With Eclectic Mix

The hardest working jazzer of the day had to be Jamie Cullum with his two-hour solo set over at the Arena, a special show that was also simulcast live to cinemas around Europe. As ever he charmed Cheltenham with a certain amount of banter but the set was notable for the airing of new and infrequently performed songs plus standards Jamie doesn’t often sing like ‘Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most’. With dozens more concerts this year, lots of jam sessions at the festival hotel and the new BBC Introducing strand as well as Stewart Lee’s Freehouse concerts Cheltenham certainly punched above its weight this year.

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Stephen Graham
Jazzwise Magazine
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