Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2011: April 27-May 2, 2011
It is festival director Tony Dudley-Evans' willingness to take a few risks that makes Cheltenham one of the best jazz festivals around for an audience that's ready to explore new music. Headline act Hugh Lauriestar of House and a talented singer and pianistwas an inspired choice of Big Name for the closing night, proving to be a great critical and popular success despite the misgivings of some of the UK's jazz community. But the music that is likely to live longest in the memories of many festival-goers will come from lesser-known names, often in new and unfamiliar groupings that may never perform together again. And, of course, that song about a man's bald head.