The Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2012

Very disappointing to see that the Badminton Horse Trials have been cancelled this year due to severe waterlogging. Normally attracting crowds of up to 250,000 people this will be a great loss to local businesses as well as to the competitors.

However maybe we can tempt you to Cheltenham instead this Bank Holiday Weekend. Come rain or shine, our world- famous Jazz Festival is upon us (Wednesday 2nd May – Monday 7th May) and the marquees are already going up in Montpellier Gardens.

The Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2012 promises the usual line up of high-profile stars from the international jazz scene, who will be performing at various venues across town. Here is our quick pick of some of the highlights:

- Friday Night is Music Night: A Celebration of Ray Charles
Let Gregory Porter, the Guy Barker Big Band, the BBC Concert Orchestra and Homeland’s David Harewood take you on a journey through the life of Ray Charles, in a special broadcast for BBC Radio 2.

- The Screening Rooms Jazz Cinema
For the first time ever, The Screening Rooms will be creating a boutique luxury Jazz Cinema in Montpellier Gardens showing jazz inspired movies throughout the weekend, including a new short film starring the Festival’s Artist in Residence, Paloma Faith and Dougray Scott together with a chance to see the biopic ‘Ray’

- Gregory Porter
Hot on the success of his debut album ‘Water’, see Grammy nominee, Gregory Porter perform during Friday Night’s Ray Charles celebration and with Jamie Cullum on Saturday night.

- The Verve Lounge

Check out the best in jazz’s emerging talent performing in the Verve Lounge Friday, Saturday and Sunday

- The Jazz Music Lab
Also new for this year, discover the latest musical technology gadgets at the interactive music lab’s series of free workshops. (in association with the University of Gloucester)

- Paloma Faith and the Guy Barker Orchestra
Paloma Faith returns this year to close the Festival with a worldwide exclusive of her new album alongside the amazing Guy Barker Orchestra.

For full details of the above and all other events over the Festival see www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz

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