Jamie’s five unmissable Cheltenham Jazz Festival experiences

Here are Jamie’s top 5 unmissable must see shows for this years Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

The Cheltenham Jazz Festival
2-7th May 2012

Friday Night is Music Night: A celebration of Ray Charles

Join vocalists Gregory Porter, Madeline Bell and James Tormé, the Guy Barker Big Band and the BBC Concert Orchestra on Friday 4 May for a journey through the extraordinary life and music of Ray Charles. Unfortunately Sir Michael Parkinson is no longer able to participate, but we’re thrilled to be able to announce that David Harewood, British film and TV actor and star of the recent US hit drama Homeland, is joining us to help tell the story of this legendary artist.

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Gregory Porter

Soulful singer GregoryPorter exploded onto the music scene following his spellbinding performance on Later with Jools Holland, and the release of his debut album ‘Water’. His performance with Jamie Cullum on Saturday 5 May is now sold out, but there is another chance to see him in Friday Night is Music Night (above).

Catch Gregory in Friday Night is Music Night here

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Bill Frisell

One of the leading jazz guitarists since the late 1980s, Bill Frisellcreates eclectic music that touches on blues, folk, classical music and country styles. In his Sunday 6 May show he will be joined by two long-standing associates to form the Beautiful Dreamers Trio, who will be performing a selection of beautifully melodic original compositions.

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Supported by The Leonora Society

CW Stoneking and his banjo blues

Loved by Jools Holland and Jack White of The White Stripes, CW Stoneking’s banjo infused music and gravely vocals echo the 1920s and 30s blues, ragtime, calypso, jazz and hillbilly recordings he so treasured growing up. He performs with his band the Primitive Horn Orchestra on Friday 4 May.

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World-class saxophonist Chris Potter

A rare chance to see world-class American solo saxophonist Chris Potter, who will be joined by nine of the top young musical talents from the Birmingham Conservatoire to perform a selection of original compositions from his 2007 album ‘A Song for Anyone’.

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Information courtesy of The Cheltenham Jazz Festival

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