Cheltenham Jazz Festival
Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2014
With an expected attendance of around 20,000 people, the 2014 Cheltenham Jazz Festival is establishing itself as one of the best jazz festivals in the UK. This year it’s scheduled for the 30th April – 5th May 2014 (Bank Holiday weekend) and has confirmed acts including Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula, Loose Tubes, Gregory Porter, Robert Cray and Roberta Flack to name just a few.
The great thing about Cheltenham Jazz Festival is that it brings together so many genres under the umbrella of jazz… I think it is one of the best Jazz Festivals in the world. – Jamie Cullum
The Cheltenham Jazz Festival’s ‘Jazz In The Garden’ also operates alongside ‘The Fringe‘ which allows for smaller bands and artists to showcase their works to audiences in local pubs, parks, bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs one week before the festival starts. Events are often free to attend though some venues will charge a small cover at the door. Whilst you may not have heard of many of the bands and artists playing they are still of a very high quality and hand-picked by festival organizers and managers of the venues (Jamie Cullum was originally playing at The Fringe before being ‘picked up’ by local talent scouts, now he is an international superstar!). Cheltenham really does come to life during this time of the year and should be enjoyed by all.
There are also many educational programmes (both free and paid) that operate throughout the festival, these are available to children, teenagers and adults and are hosted by experienced jazz musicians from around the area.
Video Highlights of the 2013 Cheltenham Jazz Festival
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The Cheltenham Jazz Festival was founded in 1996 by Jim Smith.
- 2013 Festival Review by Jazz Times
- 2012 Festival Review by All About Jazz
- 2008 Festival Review by The International Review of Music
Noteable past performers at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival:
The Claudia Quintet
and Ray Brown
Eartha Kitt (in her last ever UK performance)
the BBC Big Band
The 2014 Cheltenham Jazz Festival lineup is shown below.
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|WED 30 APR 2014||6:00PM - 10:30PM||JASON REBELLO||THE DAFFODIL, RESTAURANT||£60. TICKET INCLUDES A THREE COURSE SET MENU AND CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL ON ARRIVAL|
|WED 30 APR 2014||6:30PM - 8:00PM||JAMIE CULLUM||BIG TOP||£62, £58, £30 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|WED 30 APR 2014||9:00PM - 10:30PM||JAMIE CULLUM||BIG TOP||£62, £58, £30 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|THU 1 MAY 2014||7:00PM - 8:30PM||KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD||JAZZ ARENA||£22 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|THU 1 MAY 2014||7:30PM - 10:30PM||JUDITH OWEN||THE DAFFODIL, RESTAURANT||£60. TICKET INCLUDES A THREE COURSE SET MENU AND CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL ON ARRIVAL|
|THU 1 MAY 2014||8:30PM - 9:45PM||LAURA MVULA||BIG TOP||£34, £32, £20 - MEMBERS 10%OFF|
|FRI 2 MAY 2014||6:00PM - 10:30PM||HAILEY TUCK||THE DAFFODIL, RESTAURANT||£60. TICKET INCLUDES A THREE COURSE SET MENU AND CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL ON ARRIVAL|
|FRI 2 MAY 2014||6:30PM - 7:45PM||ESKA||JAZZ ARENA||£16 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|FRI 2 MAY 2014||8:00PM - 10:00PM||FRIDAY NIGHT IS MUSIC NIGHT||BIG TOP||£38, £36, £28 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|FRI 2 MAY 2014||8:00PM - 10:15PM||SOME LIKE IT HOT (12)||BEYOND THE BAND||£6|
|FRI 2 MAY 2014||8:00PM - 9:30PM||JULIAN SIEGEL QUARTET||THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE||£12 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|SAT 3 MAY 2014||10:30AM - 11:30AM||DUMBO||BEYOND THE BAND||£6|
|SAT 3 MAY 2014||12:00PM - 3:00PM||ANTHONY MARSDEN||HOTEL DU VIN||£50. TICKET INCLUDES THREE COURSE LUNCH|
|SAT 3 MAY 2014||12:15PM - 1:30PM||PAUL DUNMALL SEXTET||THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE||£12 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|SAT 3 MAY 2014||12:30PM - 1:45PM||NICK MULVEY||JAZZ ARENA||£15 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|SAT 3 MAY 2014||12:45PM - 1:45PM||GETTING AHEAD IN BROADCASTING||BEYOND THE BAND||£6|
|SAT 3 MAY 2014||2:00PM - 3:15PM||LOOSE TUBES||BIG TOP||£28, £26, £20 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|SAT 3 MAY 2014||2:30PM - 3:30PM||MANAGING MUSIC||BEYOND THE BAND||£6|
|SAT 3 MAY 2014||3:45PM - 5:00PM||DENYS BAPTISTE||TOWN HALL||£16 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|SAT 3 MAY 2014||4:15PM - 5:15PM||SURVIVING SELF-EMPLOYMENT IN MUSIC||BEYOND THE BAND||£6|
|SAT 3 MAY 2014||4:15PM - 5:30PM||TIGRAN||JAZZ ARENA||£18 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|SAT 3 MAY 2014||5:30PM - 6:45PM||ROBERT CRAY||BIG TOP||£36, £34, £20 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|SAT 3 MAY 2014||6:00PM - 7:00PM||DENYS BAPTISTE TALK: STRUGGLE & LIBERATION||BEYOND THE BAND||£6|
|SAT 3 MAY 2014||6:00PM - 7:15PM||MICHAEL WOLLNY TRIO||THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE||£15 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|SAT 3 MAY 2014||7:00PM - 8:15PM||KURT ELLING QUARTET||TOWN HALL||£24 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|SAT 3 MAY 2014||7:15PM - 8:30PM||TINARIWEN||JAZZ ARENA||£20 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|SAT 3 MAY 2014||8:00PM - 10:00PM||CHICAGO (12)||BEYOND THE BAND||£6|
|SAT 3 MAY 2014||9:00PM - 10:15PM||ROBERTA FLACK||BIG TOP||£64, £58, £30 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|SAT 3 MAY 2014||10:00PM - 11:30PM||THE EDGE PROJECT||THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE||£10 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|SAT 3 MAY 2014||10:30PM - 1:30AM||GILLES PETERSON AND SNARKY PUPPY||TOWN HALL UNRESERVED||£16 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|10:30PM - 2:00AM||THE SPEAKEASY||THE DAFFODIL, RESTAURANT||£35. TICKET INCLUDES PROHIBITION PUNCH COCKTAIL.|
|10:30AM - 12:00PM||THE JUNGLE BOOK||BEYOND THE BAND||£6|
|11:30AM - 2:00PM||SUNDAY LUNCH WITH LAITHWAITE’S WINE AND NEARLY HOT CLUB FOUR||THE DAFFODIL, RESTAURANT||£60. TICKETS INCLUDES THREE COURSE LUNCH AND A SELECTION OF FINE WINES.|
|11:45AM - 1:00PM||TRONDHEIM JAZZ EXCHANGE||PARABOLA ARTS CENTRE||£10 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|12:45PM - 1:45PM||PLAYING WITH LIGHT: LEAFCUTTER JOHN||BEYOND THE BAND||£6|
|1:15PM - 2:30PM||AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE QUINTET||JAZZ ARENA||£18 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|2:30PM - 4:00PM||JAKE ISAAC AND LAKE STREET DIVE||BIG TOP||£18, £16, £14 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|2:30PM - 3:30PM||ARTIST INTERVIEW: BILLY COBHAM AT 70||BEYOND THE BAND||£6|
|3:00PM - 4:15PM||IAIN BALLAMY’S ANORAK XL||PARABOLA ARTS CENTRE||£15 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|4:15PM - 6:00PM||THE ARTIST (PG)||BEYOND THE BAND||£6|
|SUN 4 MAY 2014||4:15PM - 5:30PM||LIANE CARROLL TRIO||JAZZ ARENA||£16 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|SUN 4 MAY 2014||5:45PM - 7:00PM||BILLY COBHAM AT 70||BIG TOP||£26, £24, £20 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|SUN 4 MAY 2014||6:00PM - 7:15PM||DAN NICHOLLS' STROBES|
|PARABOLA ARTS CENTRE||£12 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|SUN 4 MAY 2014||6:45PM - 7:45PM||WHAT MAKES A JAZZ LEGEND?||BEYOND THE BAND||£6|
|SUN 4 MAY 2014||7:15PM - 8:45PM||SINATRA SINGS SINATRA||JAZZ ARENA||£26 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|SUN 4 MAY 2014||8:30PM - 10:30PM||A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (12A)||BEYOND THE BAND||£6|
|SUN 4 MAY 2014||9:00PM - 10:30PM||GREGORY PORTER & BLUE NOTE GUESTS||BIG TOP||£36, £32, £24 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|SUN 4 MAY 2014||9:00PM - 10:30PM||THOMAS STRØNEN’S TIME IS A BLIND GUIDE||PARABOLA ARTS CENTRE||£15 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|MON 5 MAY 2014||11:00AM - 12:00PM||FAMILY SHOW: JAZZ ALL STARS FT . NATALIE WILLIAMS||JAZZ ARENA||£6 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|MON 5 MAY 2014||12:30PM - 3:30PM||LIVE MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP||BEYOND THE BAND||£20|
|MON 5 MAY 2014||1:00PM - 2:15PM||LONDON AFROBEAT COLLECTIVE||BIG TOP||£18, £16, £14 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|MON 5 MAY 2014||2:30PM - 3:30PM||HOW TO GET GIGS||BEYOND THE BAND||£6|
|MON 5 MAY 2014||2:30PM - 4:00PM||FRINGE SHOWCASE||JAZZ ARENA||£6 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|MON 5 MAY 2014||4:15PM - 5:30PM||CURTIS STIGERS||BIG TOP||£22, £20, £16 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|MON 5 MAY 2014||5:00PM - 6:00PM||THE STORY OF BRITISH JAZZ FESTIVALS||BEYOND THE BAND||£6|
|MON 5 MAY 2014||6:45PM - 8:15PM||GET THE BLESSING AND KAIROS 4TET||JAZZ ARENA||£18 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
|MON 5 MAY 2014||7:00PM - 9:30PM||THE GREAT GATSBY (12)||BEYOND THE BAND||£6|
|MON 5 MAY 2014||8:15PM - 9:45PM||JOOLS HOLLAND AND HIS RHYTHM & BLUES ORCHESTRA|
FEATURING GREGORY PORTER AND GUESTS
|BIG TOP||£46, £42, £30 - MEMBERS 10% OFF|
Some artist from last years festival. The 2013 Cheltenham Jazz Festival lineup:
- Van Morrison
- Jamie Cullum
- Georgie Fame
- Claire Martin
- Gregory Porter
- Madeleine Peyroux
- Laura Mvula
- Lianne La Havas
- Ravi Coltrane
- Dave Douglas
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Tickets for the 2014 Cheltenham Jazz Festival vary in price depending on which acts you see. Ticket prices are between £6.00 and £64.00 per performance. Prices for events can be seen in the above table.
Tickets for performances can be purchased from the festival website: http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/Jazz/whats-on/list
This years venue for the 2014 Cheltenham Jazz Festival is the magnificent Montpelier Gardens, Cheltenham. At over 600 hectares the park is host to numerous outdoor events each year.
Have a look at the Official Cheltenham Jazz Festival venue map to the right. Concerts and performances will take place in the Big Top and Jazz Arena.
There is no shortage of food vendors at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Vendors are handpicked by the festival organizers so you can be sure that there’s a variety of tasty food on offer. There are a number of food stands spotted around Monpelier Gardens as well as options for quick snacks in the festival markets. If you’re looking to eat outside of the venue then check out Cheltenham Restaurant Reviews on Trip Advisor.
The closest international airport to Cheltenham is Gloucester Airport (GLO). Distance from Gloucester Airport to Cheltenham is 8 Kilometers (5 miles).
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The cheapest hotel and accommodation options I could find in and around Cheltenham during the festival period (early May) are shown below (Click HERE for a complete list).
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*** Hotel prices rise exponentially as you get closer to the festival dates. Book early to avoid disappointment. ***
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Note that there is NO TENT CAMPING at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. However, if you really did want to camp, either in a tent or your RV/Motorhome, then you can check out the nearby facilities at Field Barn Park it seems to be a popular campsite according to the numerous 5-star reviews at UK Campsite.
We currently have not been able to interview anybody at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, if you work for the festival and would like to answer a few questions for this section of your listing, please contact me so that we can get something arranged, thank you.
Visit The Screening Rooms – The Posh Cinema
Ever wanted to go to the cinema and have staff wait on you with food and alcoholic drinks without the annoyances of children and teenagers talking in the back row? Well, if you have then you’re in for a treat! The Screening Rooms in Cheltenham offer just the experience. It’s a more expensive than your standard cinema but well worth it. Children aren’t allowed in after 5pm but you can take the family during the day and even take advantage of cheaper seats.
Go for a flutter at the Cheltenham Racecourse, one of the UK’s best racecourses. The Best Mate Stand is a good place to be to see all of the action. Probably not a brilliant place to take your parter or children but for a day/night out with your friends you cant beat it. The service from bars can be slow at times if it’s busy so bring a hip-flask to sip whilst waiting.
Prescott Speed Hill Climb
Want to try something different whilst your in Cheltenham? Then check out the Prescott Speed Hill Climb and take a driving course on the 1,031 m (long course) track up Prescott Hill. Classic and vintage car enthusiasts will also find a fine collections of vehicles here to gaze at. Suitable for the whole family for a ‘special treat’.
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- Wikipedia Page on Cheltenham Jazz Festival
- Top 20 UNUSUAL (but somehow essential?!!) Festival Items
- 2014 Festival Info on Endsleigh.co.uk
- Cheltenham Festivals