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2017 Cheltenham Jazz Festival Gallery

Photographs from the Cheltenham Jazz Festival copyright John Watson, jazzcamera.co.uk

All images available as high-resolution prints. For details email john@jazzcamera.co.uk 

Above and below: master pianist and composer Chick Corea 

 

Intensity - Brian Blade soloing with Chick Corea's Trio

Legendary bassist Eddie Gomez with Chick Corea's Trio

The great Steve Gadd in action with his band

 

U.S. saxophone virtuoso Chris Potter soloing with his band

Above and below: the great American singer Dee Dee Bridgewater

Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset with his Quintet

 

Anton Eger in action with Phronesis and the Engines Orchestra

 

Jasper Hoiby in rehearsal with Phronesis and the Engines Orchestra

Ivo Neame in rehearsal with Phronesis and the Engines Orchestra

 

American funk supergroup Snarky Puppy

Kora magic with Orchestra Baobab

American singer-pianist Kandace Springs

U.S. saxophonist Logan Richardson solos with his quartet

Chris Abrahms with hypnotic Austrian trio The Necks

 

 

Pianist and composer Hans Koller in rehearsal

 Mica Paris sings with her band

 

Robert Cray with his blues band

 

2016 Cheltenham Jazz Festival Gallery

 

Above and below: David Sanborn in the Big Top

 

Above and below: Christian Scott in the Jazz Arena

Taj Mahal at the Town Hall

Thomas Stronen with Meadow at the Parabola

Tore Brunborg with Meadow at the Parabola

Anders Jormin with Meadow at the Parabola

Soweto Kinch at the Parabola

Jose James at the Jazz Arena

Marcus Strickland in the Jazz Arena

Lizz Wright at the Town Hall

Jacob Collier with his one man show in the Jazz Arena

Norma Winstone with Printmakers at the Parabola

Mark Lockheart with Printmakers at the Parabola

Omar Sosa with his Afro-Cuban band at the Jazz Arena

Tim Berne at the Parabola

Ian Shaw at Hotel du Vin 

Julian Arguelles on saxophone, his brother Steve on drums (right) and Django Bates, keyboards, with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band

2015 Cheltenham Jazz Festival Gallery 

 Joe Lovano soloing with his Village Rhythms Band in the Jazz Arena

John Scofield, who appeared with the Pablo Held Trio in the Jazz Arena

Jasper Hoiby with Phronesis, just before the lights went out completely for their Pitch Black concert at the Parabola Arts Centre

Anton Eger with Phronesis at the Parabola Arts Centre 

Ivo Neame with Phronesis at the Parabola Arts Centre

Julien Desprez with the group In Bed With at the Parabola Arts Centre

Bassekou Kouyate with Ngoni Ba delighted the crowd at the Jazz Arena

Raunchy, bluesy songs from Alice Russell in the Jazz Arena

John Medeski, who played Melodica, Melotron, organ and other keyboards with the powerful band Medeski Martin and Wood, plus special guest Jamie Cullum, in the Big Top

Jamie Cullum singing with Medeski, Martin and Wood in the Big Top

Archie Shepp soloing with his Quartet at the Big Top

Soulful and swinging Natalie Williams in the Jazz Arena

Lee Konitz, 87-year-old legend of the Cool School, soloing with a group co-led by trumpeter Dave Douglas at the Town Hall

The Surnatural Orchestra from France, mixing orchestration, improvisation and choreography at the Parabola Arts Centre

2014 Cheltenham Jazz Festival Gallery

Iain Ballamy soloing with Loose Tubes in the Big Top

Eddie Parker on flute with Loose Tubes

Django Bates soloing with Loose Tubes.

Loose Tubes re-united in the Big Top at Cheltenham

Above and below: Ambrose Akinmusire with his quartet at the Jazz Arena

Billy Cobham celebrating his 70th birthday with a concert at the Big Top

Robert Cray in action with his band in the Big Top

Paul Dunmall with his sextet at the Playhouse

Tigran with his trio in the Jazz Arena

Michael Wollny with his trio at The Playhouse

Above and below: Kurt Elling sings with the combined forces of the Guy Barker Big Band and the BBC Concert Orchestra in the Big Top

Above and below: Liane Carroll with the Guy Barker Big Band and the BBC Concert Orchestra

Curtis Stigers with the Guy Barker Big Band and the BBC Concert Orchestra

Above and below: Julian Siegel with his Quartet at The Playhouse

Gene Calderazzo with the Julian Siegel Quartet at The Playhouse

Gregory Porteer, who sang with Blue Note Guets including Amrbose Akinmusire in the Big Top

Frank Sinatra Jnr paying homage to his father in the Jazz Arena

Tenor saxophonist Iain Ballamy's Anorak XL at the Parabola Arts Centre

Cheltenham Jazz Festival Gallery 2013

Above and below: Gary Burton in the Jazz Arena

Above and below: Michael Gibbs conducts his Ensemble in the Jazz Arena

Gary Burton relaxes with Michael Gibbs backstage at the Jazz Arena

Guitarist Mike Stern and saxophonist Bill Evans have fun in rehearsal at the Big Top

Mike Stern solos at the Big Top

Bill Evans at the Big Top

Claire Martin in the Jazz Arena

 

Marius Neset Quartet at the Parabola Arts Centre

Anton Eger with the Marius Neset Quartet, Parabola Arts Centre

Marius Neset at the Parabola Arts Centre

Gregory Porter at the Big Top

Chip Crawford rehearsing with Gregory Porter's band at the Big Top

Joe Stilgoe in the Jazz Arena

The Ravi Coltrane Quintet in the Jazz Arena

Ravi Coltrane in rehearsal, Jazz Arena

Ralph Alessi solos with the Ravi Coltrane Quintet in the Jazz Arena

Dave Douglas, who appeared with his quintet in the Jazz Arena

 

Dave Douglas in rehearsal, Jazz Arena

Alex Wilson in the Big Top

Laura Mvula in  the Jazz Arena

Above and below: Jo Harman in the Jazz Arena

Michael Roach sings with the Buck Clayton Legacy Band at the Daffodil

Adrian Fry solos with the Buck Clayton Legacy Band at the Daffodil

Alyn Shipton with his Buck Clayton Legacy Band at the Daffodil

Madeleine Peyroux at her sell-out show in the Big Top

Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2012

Sizzling cymbals in motion in the Big Top at the 2012 Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

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Festival guest director Jamie Cullum in the Big Top

Gregory Porter performing in a live broadcast for BBC Radio 2 in the Big Top

John Taylor, who performed with his octet in the Jazz Arena, in a concert recorded for BBC Radio 3

Above and below: Marcus Miller in the Big Top

Above and below: Baba Sissoko from Mali, who performed with Cuban singer-pianist Roberto Fonseca in the Jazz Arena

Above and below: Roberto Fonseca rehearsing in the Jazz Arena

Oren Marshall's tuba in motion at the Jazz Arena

American rising-star pianist Vijay Iyer, who performed with Fieldwork at the Parabola Arts Centre

Bill Frisell, who brought his trio Beautiful Dreamers to the Big Top

Eyvind Kang with Bill Frisell's Beautiful Dreamers

Rudy Royston with Bill Frisell's Beautiful Dreamers

Norwegian pianist Helge Lien, who appeared with his trio in the Jazz Arena

Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2011 Gallery

Bass in motion (left) . . . and brass in motion (right) in the Town Hall Pillar Room

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Hot licks from saxophonist Chris Potter, pianist Jason Moran and bassist Larry Grenadier with Overtone

Eric Harland - driving drums with Overtone

Andy Sheppard - passionate soloing on soprano saxophone

Drummer Martin France and trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer with Spin Marvel

Denys Baptiste in the Pillar Room

Jasper Hoiby in the Pillar Room

Norwegian singer Susanna Wallumrod - atmospheric songs in the Jazz Arena

Jamie Cullum being interviewed by Russell Davies in the Jazz Arena

Pianist Neil Cowley with strings in the Jazz Arena

Madeline Bell and Georgie Fame in Friday Night Is Music Night, a live broadcast for BBC Radio 2

Tom Cawley with Curios in the Pillar Room

Kit Downes - with cellist Adrian Dennfeld reflected in the grand piano

 

Kyle Eastwood, whose band stoked up the heat in the Jazz Arena

Cool Norwegians Tord Gustavsen and Tore Brunborg in the Town Hall

Swedish drummer Anton Eger with Phronesis in the Jazz Arena

2010 Cheltenham Jazz Festival Gallery

All photos from the 2010 Cheltenham Jazz Festival copyright John Watson/jazzcamera.co.uk

John Surman with pianist Nikki Yeoh. Right, Carla Bley at the Town Hall

Jamie Cullum performs on the Steinway grand piano

Nathaniel Facey of Empirical in the Town Hall Pillar Room

Lewis Wright on vibes with Empirical and (right) veteran singer Buddy Greco

Dave Holland's flamenco band, with Pepe Habichuela and Josemi Carmona

John Scofield in the Jazz Arena, and Iain Ballamy at the Pillar Room

Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, an impressive soloist with Carla Bley

Phantom Limb stoke up the heat in the Jazz Arena

Beady Belle brought a soulful Norwegian groove to the Jazz Arena

Mark Turner, who played with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard in Fly

Young musicians warm up in Cheltenham's Imperial Gardens

All photos copyright John Watson/jazzcamera.co.uk