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Monday 19 March 2018

Jamie Cullum and Beverley Knight to mark 20 years of Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Jamie Cullum is the artistic curator of the Cheltenham Jazz Festrival
Jamie Cullum is the artistic curator of the Cheltenham Jazz Festrival

Jamie Cullum and Beverley Knight are among stars celebrating 20 years of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

Taking place across six days, the annual event will feature acts from the worlds of jazz, blues, pop and soul.

There will be performances from soul star Knight, Grammy-nominated singer and multi-instrumentalist Lianne La Havas, Elbow frontman Guy Garvey and songstress Corinne Bailey Rae.

Anther highlight is a Quincy Jones-themed concert featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra and Guy Barker Big Band.

Cullum, the festival's artistic curator, who will put on a closing night concert, said: "I've been involved in Cheltenham Jazz Festival for a long time now, and it's a pleasure to be involved in putting the line-up together.

"It's been great to see the festival grow so much over the years - and for a festival of any type to reach 20 years is a huge achievement."

The event takes place in a tented festival village in Cheltenham's Montpellier Gardens and this year will also see an expanded "around town" programme with pop-up gigs and performances including at the town's Brewery Quarter.

A partnership with BBC Radio 2 will continue with the station broadcasting live on-site throughout the event from April 27 to May 2.

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