Cheltenham Jazz Festival – late update

10 May

So last week the much awaited festival took place and The Labyrinth was there with some of us actually performing.

We’re really busy with this week’s recitals but we couldn’t leave it behind without sharing some thoughts on it, even if written by the specialists:

“The 2010 Cheltenham Jazz Festival saw considerable changes this year with a new outdoors tented square and jazz arena, the end of the Jerwood Rising Stars programme and a guest director in Jamie Cullum. The festival also incorporated a vibrant Norwegian strand as well as a programme of free jazz curated by comedian Stewart Lee.” (Jazz Wise Magazine)

“While the 2010 Cheltenham jazz festival had kicked in last week with Elaine Page singing standards, and the weekend included guest artistic director Jamie Cullum‘s sell-out show for the pop-angled Pursuit album, the event remained its quirky self. An absorbing Sunday programme ran from Empirical’s tight postbop and Carla Bley’s whimsical music to a jazz renaissance for guitar star John Scofield, who is currently swapping his recent gospel-wailing repertoire for pungently harmonised ballad playing and headlong Charlie Parker bop classics.” (Guardian)

“No set explored tradition more thoroughly than that of the bassist Dave Holland with the group of the flamenco guitarist Pepe Habichuela. Holland improvised brilliantly on flamenco forms, while the guitarist Josemi Carmona returned the compliment on Holland’s compositions. This band’s first appearance outside Spain promised great things for the future. Catch the group at the Barbican in July.” (Times Online)

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