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Radio 2 plans Cheltenham Jazz Festival coverage

BBC Radio 2 is at the 20th anniversary Cheltenham Jazz Festival this year with Jo Whiley, Clare Teal and Jamie Cullum broadcasting live.

Coverage is starting this Thursday with a special show – Lianne La Havas Live from Cheltenham Jazz Festival – to be aired at 8.30 pm till 10pm.

Then on Friday at 8pm, Friday Night Music Night Celebrates Quincy Jones. The BBC Concert Orchestra, Guy Barker Big Band, vocalists Liv Warfield, Madeline Bell and more special guests will celebrate Quincy.

Clare Teal will have highlights from Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2016 at 9pm till 11pm Sunday evening, as she broadcasts live from the Festival. Clare will have special guests Ian Shaw, Mads Mathias and Ben Cippola.

Then on Bank Holiday Monday at 12pm, it’s Jamie Cullum Live from Cheltenham Jazz Festival backstage for two hours. He’ll be joined by Corinne Bailey Rae and Darius Brubeck who’ll both be performing live on air and he’ll also be looking back at some of his highlights of this year’s festival.

Leo Green’s ‘Sounds of the 50s’ will also be live from the event.

The 2016 Cheltenham Jazz Festival takes place from April 27th – May 2nd and is hosted in a tented festival village in Cheltenham’s Montpellier Gardens, featuring a Big Top stage, the Jazz Arena, the Free Stage and a new Family Tent featuring workshops, performances and sing-alongs and a food and drink area.

Jo Whiley, who will also be hosted the BBC Introducing Stage, says: “I’m really excited to be returning to the Cheltenham Jazz Festival this year with BBC Radio 2. As well as presenting a concert from the inimitable Lianne La Havas and hosting the BBC Introducing stage, I’ll be soaking up the incredible atmosphere and enjoying loads of really special music.”

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