Announcing Cheltenham Jazz Festival @ Home




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Streamed live Saturday 9 May 2020 on Cheltenham Festivals You Tube Channel

Cheltenham Jazz Festival will go ahead as a virtual one-day festival to be streamed for free on 9 May 2020 via Cheltenham Festivals You Tube Channel.

Cheltenham Jazz Festival @ Home will recreate the essence of the Festival for a unique one-day celebration, with a selection of some of the top acts set to perform at this year’s Jazz Festival.

The Festival will feature exclusive sets from Irish singer- songwriter Imelda May; cultural pioneer Nitin Sawhney; award-winning trumpeter Laura Jurd; ambient improvising trio Chris Mapp and Stillefelt, the 16-piece Electric Lady Big Band, the TC Quartet ft Denny Ilett; soul/rocker

Roachford; beatboxer Shlomo; and Showcase sessions with two rising stars from last year’s Free Stage: Rosie Tee and Amahla. Throughout the day the best of the Festival’s Westons Sessions, filmed over the past seven years, will also be streamed. Sponsored by partners Henry Westons and curated by Cheltenham Jazz Festival, these intimate performances have been filmed behind the scenes at the Festival and feature an eclectic mix of established artists and emerging talent. At 8pm the Festival hands over to BBC Radio 2 for a special show from Jamie Cullum with highlights from the past 10 years of Cheltenham Jazz Festival followed by another chance to hear Randy Crawford in concert from her 2018 Cheltenham appearance, introduced by Jo Whiley.

BBC Four have also joined in the celebration by making the Jazz 625 broadcast created at last year’s Festival available to view for 21 days from 8 May. This was the first live BBC black and white TV programme broadcast since the 1970s, reviving the iconic 1960s BBC show Jazz 625 for one night only. Broadcast live from Cheltenham, it featured a house band – led by pianist Robert Mitchell – with special guests including Joshua Redman, Jean Toussaint, Shirley Tetteh, Jacqui Dankworth and Gregory Porter. And an exclusive recorded performance from legendary Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts.

Dave Gaydon Head of Programming for the Jazz Festival said “We’d like to say a huge thanks to all of the artists who have supported us in making this happen. To be able to create a virtual Festival in three weeks has been amazing. We are delighted that we can offer a flavour of the Festival to those who, like us were disappointed by the cancellation due to COVID 19 and hope that Jazz lovers join us on their smartphone, smart TV or laptop and on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday 9 May as part of their Bank Holiday weekend plans.”

The programme line-up is

3.00pmRosie Tee 








Cheltenham Festivals You Tube Channel

4pmBest of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival Westons Sessions
4.30pmChris Mapp / Stillefelt
4.45pmLaura Jurd / Dinosaur
5pmBest of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival Westons Sessions
5.30pmImelda May
6pmBest of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival Westons Sessions
6.30pmNitin Sawhney
7pmBest of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival Westons Sessions
7.30pmThe TC Quartet ft Denny Ilett
7.45pmElectric Lady Big Band
8pmJamie Cullum highlights from his shows at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 

BBC Radio 2

9pm Randy Crawford’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival set from 2018, introduced by Jo Whiley 

BBC Radio 2

10pmClare Teal’s highlights from Cheltenham Jazz FestivalBBC Radio 2


More information for Editors:

  • The Head of Programming David Gaydon and Director of Festivals Ian George are available for interview
  • Please contact to arrange.

Cheltenham Jazz Festival at Home

9 May 2020

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Festival Partners

In Association Partner: BBC Radio 2 Principal Partner: Henry Westons

More information on Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Cheltenham Jazz Festival is one of Europe’s leading jazz festivals, featuring international headline acts, cutting-edge jazz and unique collaborations. 2021 sees the 25th anniversary of the Festival which takes place over the May Bank Holiday, featuring 50 concerts over six days, free music and pop-up performances in Cheltenham’s streets and bars.


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