Sebastian writes: BBC FOUR TV has just broadcast (7 May 2023) a 105-minute show with the title “Spring Soul and Jazz from Cheltenham”.
This was a Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2023 Concert recorded at the Big Top, Montpellier Gardens on 27 April 2023.
The live concert was called “Soul Jazz Summit” and the festival’s blurb states “Kickstarting a new tradition for the Festival, the Soul Jazz Summit brings together the very best of jazz, funk and soul, including special guests Gregory Porter, Madeline Bell, Mica Millar, Ashton Jones, Vanessa Haynes, Beverley Knight and Ian Shaw.”
Gregory Porter and Beverly Knight, both on the scheduled list, withdrew. Kurt Elling and Mica Paris performed. The concert featured The Guy Barker Big Band, the BBC Concert Orchestra (a total of 80 musicians on stage). The show was hosted by Marcus Brigstocke. All the arrangements were by Guy Barker and conductor was Mike Dixon. Director for TV was Sian Parry. Any more names welcome in the comments below!
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1. Ashton Jones – Take Me to the River – Al Green/ Mabon Hodges.
2. Mica Miller Fool that I am
3. Ian Shaw Small day Tomorrow
4, Mica Paris Every Time we Say Goodbye
5. Tommy Blaize. I wish you love (Allen Toussaint)
6. Vanessa Haynes – Mean Man (Allen Toussaint ) (alto sax solo Sam Mayne)
7. Kurt Elling – All the Way (Jimmy Van Heusen / Sammy Cahn) / flugelhorn solo Martin Shaw.
8. Madeline Bell – What the World Needs Now (Bacharach/ David)
9. Madeline Bell and Vanessa Haynes – I Say a Little Prayer for You –( Bacharach / David0
10. Ashton Jones – Living for the City (Stevie Wonder)
11. Mica Milller – Just a Little Lovin’ ( Barry Mann / Cythia Weil)
12. Mica Paris – Hallelujah I Live Him So (Ray Charles)
13. Ian Shaw – My Favourite Things (Rodgers / Hammerstein)
14. Vanessa Haynes – Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon/Garfunkel)
15. Tommy Blaize Let the Good Times Roll (Fleecie Moore and Sam Theard / Louis Jorfdan)
16. Madeline Bell – Imagine my Frustration (Ellington / Ella Fitzgerald) (alto sax solo Giacomo Smith)
17 Kurt Elling – Tutti for Cootie (Ellington)
18. Whole cast: Medley for James Brown: – (Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, This ia Man’s Man’s World and I Feel Good.)
BAND (with thanks to Dylan Bate):
Trumpets: Nathan Bray, George Hogg, Pat White, Martin Shaw, Guy Barker
Trombones: Barnaby Dickinson, Alistair White, Winston Rollins, Mark Frost
Saxophones: Sam Mayne, Giacomo Smith, George Millard, Chelsea Carmichael, Gemma Moore
Piano: Jim Watson
Bass: Steve Pearce
Drums: Ed Richardson
Guitar: Al Cherry