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Guest director, Jamie Cullum, at tonight's Cheltenham Jazz Festival

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: May 04, 2013

Jamie Cullum

Jamie Cullum

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Jazz singer, Jamie Cullum, will be at Cheltenham Jazz Festival this evening.

The pianist is the guest director of this year's festival taking place in Montpellier Gardens.

Today the Dave Douglas Quintet will perform at the Jazz Arena from 1.30 to 2.45pm, followed by the Ravi Coltrane Quartet at the same venue from 4.30 to 5.45pm.

The Noisettes get on stage from 9pm after one of guest director Jamie Cullum's picks of the festival, Gregory Porterwho brings his music to the stage from 5.45pm.

Having a guest director in the shape of popular cross-over artist, pianist and singer, Jamie Cullum, and artist in residence, Gregory Porter, is an innovation worthy of the jazz genre itself and ensures exciting ingredients enter the mix and that the bill has added credibility.

Pianist Cullum has always been a fan of the town's jazz festival.

He said: "The great thing about Cheltenham Jazz Festival is it brings together so many genres under the umbrella of jazz. I think it is one of the best jazz festivals in the world and it's so amazing for me to be here."

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