When the Sun can’t shine, there’s Shepp

Archie Shepp (Photo © Jan Kricke)

Archie Shepp (Photo © Jan Kricke)

When a festival is putting on over 50 events involving artists from all around the world it’s inevitable that all might not go to plan. So it is with the Sun Ra Arkestra at Cheltenham Jazz Festival this coming weekend.

The band has unfortunately had to cancel which has left a pretty big hole in the Saturday programme. Luckily it has been filled by a pretty big jazz man: Archie Shepp.

Shepp has been a force in the jazz world since the late ’60s and recently made a stir by revisiting his 1972 Attica Blues album with a jazz orchestra containing many stars. For his Cheltenham concert he will be playing in a Quartet with Tom McClung on piano, Matyas Szandaï on double bass and Steve McCraven on drums.

Sun Ra Arkestra fans – and there are many – will undoubtedly be disappointed but the festival is hoping that they will give Archie a hearing. He is in the Big Top at 1.30pm.

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