Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Cheltenham Jazz Festival is part of Cheltenham Festivals, a charity known for creating world-class cultural festivals and year-round accessible talent development, outreach and education programmes. Over 225,000 visitors a year are inspired by its Literature, Science, Jazz and Music Festivals.

2021 Lineup

The first artists to be announced for this year’s digital festival include headline shows from one of the singular soul voices of the ‘60s and ‘70s, the British rhythm and blues star Steve Winwood, and one of the major voices of 21st century jazz, the multi-million-selling US vocalist Gregory Porter. Winwood will be premiering brand new material recorded during lockdown whilst Porter will be performing a set especially created for Cheltenham. Winwood and Porter’s streamed concerts will top the bill on Saturday May 1st and Sunday May 2nd respectively.

Additional acts lined up for the May Bank Holiday programme include, pioneering saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch, recording-breaking beatboxer, producer and live-looper SK Shlomo , distinguished British vocalist Cleveland Watkiss, shows from rising star saxophonists Rachael CohenFaye McCalman and Lara Jones, revered sibling duo Zoe & Idris Rahman, and a premiere from guitarist Chris Montague, who will unveil his new trio Warmer Than Blood featuring Kit Downes on piano and Ruth Goller on bass. Also performing will be ensembles from the innovative jazz development organisations Tomorrow’s Warriors and Birmingham Town Hall’s Rise Up.

A vibrant selection of international acts will also appear across the weekend including Broadway and West End star Marisha Wallace, Cuban trumpeter Yelfris Valdes, French singer Leïla Martial with her Baa Box group, and a first UK show from Portuguese punk-jazz outfit The Right of Trio.

Saturday May 1st 2021

15:00 – Rite Of Trio

15:30 – Leïla Martial

16:00 – Soweto Kinch with players from Birmingham Conservatoire

16:30 – Tomorrows Warriors

17:00 – Quiet Man

17:30 – Yelfris Valdes

18:00 – Chris Monatgue’s Warmer Than Blood

18:30 – SK Shlomo

19:00 – Sarathy Korwar

19:30 – Steve Winwood

Sunday May 2nd 2021

15:00 – Faye McCalman

15:30 – Rise Up

16:00 – Arnie Somogyi with players from Birmingham Conservatoire

16:30 – Tomorrow’s Warriors

17:00 – Cleveland Watkiss

18:00 – Marisha Wallace

18:30 – Lara Jones

19:00 – Gregory Porter

19:30 – Zoe & Idris Rahman

The event is finished.


May 01 - 02 2021


All Day


Cheltenham Racecourse
Prestbury, Cheltenham GL50, UK

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