London, England – Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal will be performing this weekend at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. This event has grown and developed into one of the top British festivals of its kind. Since 1996 the Festival has brought some of the biggest names in jazz to the town, as well as providing a platform for the stars of the future. Serious input this year takes the form of shows with Cassandra Wilson, Hermeto Pascoal and the Okumu/Haastrup/Brown trio. Full details of the Festival can be found at www.cheltenhamfestivals.co.uk.
As well as Cheltenham, Hermeto Pascoal also plays the Norfolk & Norwich Festival (May 5) and London’s Barbican (May 9). With his intoxicating blend of jazz, rock and Brazilian music, Pascoal was described by Miles Davis as “one of the most important musicians on the planet.” Nicknamed the ‘Sorcerer’, he is as likely to produce a piece for kitchen utensils as improvised solos on keyboard or flute. He’ll be leading the massive big band that features many of Britain’s finest – expect to see the likes of Claude Deppa, Kevin Robinson , Iain Ballamy, Julian Argüelles, Henry Lowther and the rocking Mondesir rhythm team.