cheltenham jazz festival

Iain Ballamy’s Anorak XL

Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Jazz Festival 04-05-2014 In an ideal world, the 30th anniversary reunion of Loose Tubes at the festival would have been expanded into a whole host of other gigs by the individual Tubes, but aside from a… Read More ›

Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet

Jazz Arena, Cheltenham Jazz Festival 04-05-2014 There’s a certain kind of Cheltenham Jazz Festival goer – I guess you could call them the hard core. I might only know them by sight but I notice them at certain gigs every… Read More ›

The Edge Project

Playhouse Theatre, Cheltenham Jazz Festival 03-05-2014 The idea was an interesting one: give musicians a chance to push the boundaries with 20-minute sets of work that might be in progress, a new direction, or a one-off experiment. And to make… Read More ›

Kurt Elling Quintet

Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham Jazz Festival 03-05-2014 For Cheltenham he had contributed to Friday Night Is Music Night and had taken part in the late night jam session at Hotel du Vin, but this was a chance to spend an hour… Read More ›

Tigran

Jazz Arena, Cheltenham Jazz Festival 03-05-014 The Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan might first have come to wider jazz attention primarily as an acoustic pianist with a Jarrettish air and a way of combining the scales and melodies of his country’s folk… Read More ›

Loose Tubes

The Big Top, Cheltenham Jazz Festival 03-05-2014 The grin on Iain Ballamy’s face when he came to the front of the stage to take the first of his two soprano saxophone solos of the afternoon said it all. The occasion… Read More ›