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Cheltenham time

April 26, 2017

Here’s the regular gig listing on Bristol247. There’s plenty going on in Bristol this week, but as Tony Benjamin says the real action is up the M5 in Cheltenham (also an easy train ride if you, like me, live carless). He’s done a separate, comprehensive Cheltenham preview, too, which is here – Bristol247’s jazz coverage really is good when they give TB the space to do it.

I’ve not much to add, except to say that Cheltenham now seems solidly established as the biggest and best UK jazz festival outside London – even with the welcome advent of Love Supreme. This year sees an expansion of the “fringe” programme around town, which ought to make the place feel more generally festive and allow some musical moments for those who can’t get in to the ticketed gigs (plenty of which are already sold out).

I’m experimenting this year with going each day straight from Thursday (for Dee Dee Bridgewater) through to Monday’s now compulsory gala performance from Gregory Porter.

Also hoping to hear Marius Neset, Seb Rochford, Phronesis, Chick Corea, Chris Potter, and Hans Koller’s group with the excellent alto player John O’Gallagher (just about the only one that Tony doesn’t mention). I’ll be reviewing as much as I can fit in before jazz exhaustion sets in for LondonJazzNews and will link here when the review(s) are up. Should be a great long weekend, especially if it gets a little warmer…




3 Comments leave one →
  1. Dan Blake permalink
    May 11, 2017 5:08 am

    Regarding your report on the Vladamir Kostadinovic gig at Jazzland, Vienna. Your piece correctly identifies the saxophonist as Seamus Blake an the guitarist as Bjorn Solli. However in the film clip below the report, which I presume is meant to be part of your report, the saxophonist is not Seamus Blake and the guitarist is replaced by a piano player. There are Youtube videos of the gig available in case you may want to substitute the correct quartet.

  2. May 11, 2017 8:31 am

    Ah, so there are – nice to have this souvenir of the gig. Part one is here

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