Cheltenham Jazz Festival: Emeli Sandé and Robert Plant among the stars of the 2022 line-up

The Cheltenham Jazz Festival is back after a two-year break and has a huge line-up of international stars ready to stream live music for six days.

Leading the pack at this year’s event is American singer Gregory Porter, who returns as the festival’s artistic curator. He brought together an impressive who’s who of the jazz scene, some legends of the music world.

Former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant will be present with his Saving Grace project, and festival regular pianist and Golden Globe winner Jamie Cullum.

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There was also a good turnout from multi-award-winning contemporary music stars. Emeli Sandé, winner of a multimillion-selling BRIT Award, will sing some powerful ballads, and pop troubadour James Bay – without his signature hat – will also be on hand.

The line-up improves with two-time Grammy winner Corinne Bailey Rae, pianist and singer Tom Odell, and multi-instrumentalist and Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award winner Nitin Sawhney.

A special concert celebrating 25 years of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and the 100th anniversary of the BBC, will be broadcast from the festival site by BBC 2, featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra celebrating the last 100 years of British jazz, with guest appearances by Paloma Faith and Imelda May.

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Nubya Nyasha Garcia is an English jazz musician, saxophonist, composer and bandleader and will be coming to Cheltenham for the Jazz Festival in April

Jazz purists can expect performances from established members of the UK jazz scene, including Mike Westbrook, Zoe Rahman Quintet and saxophonist Paul Dunmall.

The international jazz movement does not miss the performances of the father of Ethio-jazz Mulatu Astatke, the Afrobeat ensemble Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, the American avant-garde pianist Myra Melford and the Austrian phenomenon Shake Stew.

The 2022 Cheltenham Jazz Festival takes place from Wednesday 27th April to Monday 2nd May and takes place in a tented festival village in Montpellier Gardens. The program includes family activities and events and a food, drink and market space. The festival extends beyond the festival village into Cheltenham, bringing jazz to venues throughout the day until late at night.

Tickets will go on general sale from Wednesday, March 2, 2022 – click here for more.

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Willie J. Johnson