First Names Announced for Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2018.
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
We have received the following press release;
First Names Announced for Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2018
Randy Crawford, Beth Hart, Kamasi Washington, Christian McBride Big Band
First Shows Announced for Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2018.
Some of the world’s biggest musical stars will make their way to Cheltenham from 2nd to 7th May next year for the return of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. With the full line-up still to be announced, four early headliners sum up the Festival’s unique offer, combining a broad appeal with the best of contemporary jazz and blues.
Opening the Festival with the only UK date on her Spring tour is American singer Randy Crawford - an artist of unmatched ability and extraordinary range. By the age of 21, Crawford had shared the stage and studio with jazz legends like Quincy Jones, Cannonball Adderley and George Benson. Following her debut 1976 album she had a string of hits including “Street Life,” “You Might Need Somebody” and her signature “One Day I’ll Fly Away.” Rarely seen in the UK, Randy Crawford makes her first visit to Cheltenham on Wednesday 2nd May in the Big Top.
Bert Hart appears in the Big Top on Saturday 5th May. Since her sell-out performance at Cheltenham in 2015, Beth Hart has headlined a sold-out Royal Albert Hall, and her blues-rock voice is put to stunning use on her new jazz-infused album Fire on the Floor.
Cheltenham sees the first ever UK visit for the Christian McBride Big Band (Sunday 6th May, Cheltenham Town Hall) playing originals from their acclaimed new album Bringin’ It. Five-time Grammy winning American bassist Christian McBride is also host of NPR’s Jazz Night in America show and Artistic Director of Newport Jazz Festival.
Young saxophonist and bandleader Kamasi Washington plays the Big Top on Sunday 6th May. His 2015 release The Epic reached Number 1 in iTunes Jazz charts around the world and made him a torchbearer for the new jazz generation. His eagerly awaited Harmony of Difference EP is due to be released this autumn.
Festivals Director Ian George said:
“We are delighted to be welcoming exclusive UK shows from such varied artists as Randy Crawford and the Christian McBride Big Band to the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in 2018”.
Tickets for Randy Crawford, Beth Hart, Kamasi Washington and Christian McBride will go on sale to Cheltenham Festivals Members at 1pm on 8 November and to the general public at 10am on 10 November.
The full Cheltenham Jazz Festival line-up will be announced in the New Year. To be the first to hear Festival announcements, sign up at http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com.
Dates: Wednesday 2 May – Monday 7 May 2018
Venue: Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, UK
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