At least ten times a day, I question why I wasn’t born independently wealthy so I can spend my days jet setting around the world attending and covering musical festivals. Until the day I make it to some of the music festivals of my dreams, I will have to enjoy the performances courtesy of Youtube.
I hadn’t heard of the UK’s Cheltenham Jazz Fest before discovering these intimate performances by three of my favorite recent music discoveries: Laura Mvula, Lianne La Havas and Gregory Porter. I have yet to see Laura live but will likely see Lianne in a couple of weeks. I was blessed to see Gregory briefly at Capital Jazz Fest here in May. My time with him was brief but I was completely enthralled. Although I was watching him on a screen on a whole other stage, I couldn’t take my eyes off him. He is a magical performer with a stage presence that will have you caught up in the rapture of him.
Get into these performances and add this festival to your bucket list as well!
Gregory Porter, “No More Dying”
Lianne La Havas, “Tease Me”
Laura Mvula, “Father, Father”