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The long-running Cheltenham Jazz Festival has been reconfigured this year into a free-to-view two-day digitally streamed event over the UK May Bank Holiday weekend. In addition, there will also be a series of ticketed in-person gigs scheduled for July.

Cheltenham’s Bank Holiday weekend performances will be hosted by BBC 6Music presenter Cerys Matthews and the Festival’s Artistic Curator Gregory Porter. The award-winning American soul-jazz singer will also perform as part of the Sunday, May 2nd lineup along with West End stage star, singer Marisha Wallace, British vocalist Cleveland Watkiss and sibling piano/woodwind duo, Zoe and Idris Rahman. The day before, on Saturday May 1st, jazz fans have an opportunity to see performances by saxophonist/rapper Soweto Kinch, noted London-based percussionist Sarathy Korwar and UK R&B legend, Steve Winwood.

David Gaydon, the festival’s Head of Programming, said: “This weekend reflects the breadth that Cheltenham Jazz Festival offers, giving a platform to some fabulous young upcoming artists as well as international stars, and with more exciting announcements to come.”

The artists booked for the proposed July concerts (by which time lockdown restrictions are predicted to have been eased) will be announced in May

Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2021

Timings and line-up are subject to change

Saturday May 1st 2021

15:00 – Rite Of Trio

15:30 – Leïla Martial

16:00 – Soweto Kinch with players from Birmingham Conservatoire

16:30 – Tomorrows Warriors

17:00 – Quiet Man

17:30 – Yelfris Valdes

18:00 – Chris Montague’s Warmer Than Blood

18:30 – SK Shlomo

19:00 – Sarathy Korwar

19:30 – Steve Winwood

Sunday May 2nd 2021

15:00 – Faye McCalman

15:30 – Rise Up

16:00 – Arnie Somogyi with players from Birmingham Conservatoire

16:30 – Tomorrow’s Warriors

17:00 – Cleveland Watkiss

18:00 – Marisha Wallace

18:30 – Lara Jones

19:00 – Gregory Porter

19:30 – Zoe & Idris Rahman