Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2019 – First Acts Announced And Gregory Porter Returns As Artistic Curator

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Now in its 23rd year, Cheltenham Jazz Festival has become one of the most popular and respected jazz events in Europe. Next year’s festival runs from May 1st to May 6th and is distinguished by the presence of Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Gregory Porter who has become an Artistic Curator. He will also perform live, on Saturday 4th May 2019.

Said Gregory: “Cheltenham Jazz Festival has an international reputation for bringing the very best artists together and producing unique shows. I’m very excited to be working with the Festival team to help create this extraordinary artistic village.”

Former Artistic Curator, Jamie Cullum (now named Associate Director), whose association with the festival goes back to 2010, said: “Like me, Gregory has a history with this great festival I am delighted that he will be joining the team at Cheltenham to bring audiences unique events, intimate shows with major artists and highlighting the next generation of incredible artists.”

Besides Porter, also appearing at next year’s festival are Sergio Mendes – the multi-Grammy-winning Brazilian bossa nova legend – US saxophone maestro, Joshua Redman, and the acclaimed power trio, The Bad Plus. The full Cheltenham Jazz Festival line-up will be announced on 13th February. To be the first to hear festival announcements, sign up at

Commenting on the announcement, the festival’s head of programming Emily Jones said: “It’s a pleasure to announce these first four artists as we continue to bring the best in jazz to Cheltenham, especially when so many more people will be able to enjoy the gigs next year thanks to our bigger Big Top venue. With Gregory Porter on board, we also have some unique experiences in store which will be revealed when the full line-up is announced next year.”

Tickets will go on sale to Cheltenham Festival members at 1pm on 27th November and to the general public at 1pm on 29th November.