Star Names Confirmed For Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2023

Laura Mvula, Van Morrison, Ronnie Scott Jazz Orchestra, Tony Hadley and more

By Jane Jarvis | Published: Thu 9th Feb 2023

Laura Mvula

Wednesday 26th April to Monday 1st May 2023
Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2AE, England MAP
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Daily capacity: 3,000
Last updated: Thu 30th Mar 2023

Cheltenham Jazz Festival features over 50 concerts with big international names alongside the best of British talent and a wide variety of performances across the week.

The festival runs from Wednesday 26th April until Monday 1st May 2023, presenting classic and contemporary jazz, blues, soul and pop with an array of world premieres, brand new commissions, exclusive collaborations, one-off shows and free performances taking place at venues across the picturesque spa town, hosted in a tented festival village in Cheltenham’s Montpellier Gardens,

Venues include a Big Top stage, the Jazz Arena, Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Town Hall and the Daffodil restaurant and a food, drink and market area.

For all the details please see the line-up page.

Among the artists confirmed to perform this year are the Ivor Novello Award-winning vocalist Laura Mvula, Van Morrison, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, Tony Hadley, Damian Lewis, The Kansas Smitty’s, Rufus Wainwright, Rodrigo y Gabriela, MIKA, Will Young, Jake Bugg, Joe Stilgoe, and Squeeze.

Gregory Porter, Lizz Wright, Soul Jazz Summit, a brand-new annual show for the Festival which will feature the BBC Concert Orchestra and Guy Barker’s Big Band. The Soul Jazz Summit concert will also feature guest appearances from Madeline Bell, Mica Millar, Ashton Jones, Vanessa Haynes and Georgia Cécile.

A strong contingent of the thriving UK scene will be represented on this year’s line-up with performances from Laura Jurd, Ezra Collective, Fergus McCreadie, Pat Thomas and Orphy Robinson’s duo Blacktop featuring BBC Young Jazz Musician Of The Year winner Xhosa Cole, and acclaimed vocal trio SKYLLA.

Other artists include the star of Buena Vista Social Club Eliades Ochoa, Stanley ClarkeLizz Wright, Julian Lage, Stian Westerhus and CollapseUncollapse. Additional concerts include Dutch gypsy swing guitarist Mozes Rosenberg with Giacomo Smith QuartetDeadeye, featuring Berlin-based musicians Kit Downes, Reinier Baas and Jonas Burgwinkel, Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love’s CircusEspen Eriksen Trio with Andy Sheppard and Angusori, which brings together the Norwegian Stavanger Kitchen Orchestra and a selection of musicians from Roma.

The Festival’s talent development strand offers opportunities for young, up-and-coming jazz artists. The sought-after double bill pairing in the Jazz Arena for rising stars will feature Tamzene and Immy. Kansas Smitty’s late-night takeover sessions in The Daffodil will introduce special guests from across the Festival programme and there is an international collaboration between the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and students from Siena Jazz Accademia.

On the Free Stage, local school jazz bands will entertain the crowds in the popular Jazz It Up morning sessions while an array of family-themed events will include Family Sing – with Black Voices, Arun Ghosh – Indo-Jazz Adventures, and Fabulous Flamenco. This year’s Jerwood Jazz Encounters commission is Waves II, Andrew Woodhead’s bellringing project which explores the relationship between music and physics.

Tickets go on general sale on Wednesday 1 March. Tickets available at

Ticket prices vary depending by event, and will be on sale from 10am on Wednesday 1st March from the link below.

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