First names for 2016 Cheltenham Jazz Festival announced

An email has just landed from Cheltenham Festivals with the first names for their Jazz Festival which runs from 27 April to 2 May in 2016. Here is the meat of it:

Christian Scott aTundeAdjuah

Christian Scott aTundeAdjuah

Making his Cheltenham debut is the Grammy-nominated US trumpeter Christian Scott aTundeAdjuah, who brings a 9-piece band to the festival to perform music from groundbreaking new album Stretch Music. Also making the trip across the pond are Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, a dynamic, New York-based band led by influential saxophonist Tim Berne, and the Becca Stevens Band, a group led by the rising star singer-songwriter.

The festival will also host the UK premiere of Let It Be Told, a new project by saxophonist Julian Arguelles. Featuring the Frankfurt Radio Big Band, fellow Loose Tubes alumnus Django Bates on piano and Julian’s brother Steve on percussion, the project explores the music of South African exiles. The recently released Let It Be Told album was hailed by The Guardian as an “effervescent and delightful tribute to South African jazz”.

Other artists confirmed to perform include the Giovanni Guidi Trio, a piano trio tipped by many for international success, Omar Sosa’s QuartetoAfroCubano, the afro-Cuban quartet led by inimitable pianist Omar Sosa, and Rom Schaerer Eberle, a ‘profoundly original’ trio who will perform new material to launch their forthcoming album ‘Après nous le déluge’.

  • The full programme will be announced in the new year, so keep up to date check for further details as and when here.


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