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The biggest acts in jazz, soul & blues head to Cheltenham

ICON: Grammy-winning double bass player Christian McBride will bring his swinging big band to the festival.

MUSICAL HEAVYWEIGHTS from across the jazz,soul and blues spectrum will once again descend on the Regency Cotswolds town of Cheltenham for its annual jazz festival.

With the full programme still to be announced, the organisers have revealed the first wave of artists for this year’s event, which will feature a combination of international stars, jazz icons and up-and-coming talent.

Taking place from May 2-7, Cheltenham Jazz Festival will welcome former David Bowie saxophonist Donny McCaslin for his only UK date this year, revered US pianist Jason Moran and his bandwagon trio, and Mercury-nominated London- based jazz outfit Dinosaur, with new music from their highly anticipated second album Wonder Trail.

PICTURED: American jazz and RnB singer Randy Crawford is to perform her only UK date this year

These names join revered soul singer Randy Crawford in an exclusive UK show, spiritual jazz frontrunner Kamasi Washington, the first ever UK performance from four-time Grammy winning double lass luminary Christian McBride's Big Band and Grammy nominated blues/rock singer- songwriter Beth Hart, who is set to captivate audiences with her new jazz- infused album Fire on the Floor.

Cheltenham Jazz Festival is hosted in a tented festival village in the town centre’s picturesque Montpellier Gardens. The festival features a big top stage, jazz arena, free stage, and a food, drink and market area, as well as participating venues including the Town Hall, Parabola Arts Centre, Hotel du Vin and the Daffodil, a dynamic free fringe line-up, family programme, and latenight events around the town.

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