Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Cheltenham Jazz Festival Booked for 1st Weekend in May

Bill Frisell, Steve Winwood and others scheduled for the British event

John Taylor
Bill Frisell
Roberto Fonseca

In a small town in the English Cotswolds this spring, musicians will assemble for the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. An impressive roster of jazz legends, innovators and underground acts has been mobilized for the five-day festival, which kicks off May 2.

Steve Winwood, who rocketed to stardom as a teenager with the Spencer Davis Group, opens the proceedings. The English songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who counts blues, soul, rock and Latin among his styles, will be performing in the Regency-era Montpellier Gardens ahead of his U.S. spring tour. That evening also sees leading jazz vocalist Jacqui Dankworth, daughter of Dame Cleo Laine and the late Sir John Dankworth, at the Daffodil restaurant, a stunning former Art Deco cinema.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published