Nubya Garcia, Ivo Neame Quartet and Ariwo head to Jazz Stroud Festival

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The third edition of the Jazz Stroud Festival takes place on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend of 25-27 May, and seeks to act as an alternative but complementary counterpoint to the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, which takes place on the first May Bank Holiday. Andy Sheppard, Mammal Hands and Vels Trio have headlined the first two editions and this year is set to be its biggest line-up to date. The burgeoning festival utilises six main venues around the Cotswold market town, including the large capacity Goods Shed run by SVA and newly renovated Marshall Rooms, which are now being managed by jazz-loving actor Keith Allen, alongside the Subscription Rooms, Imperial Hotel and Stroud Valley Artspace (SVA) and Ale House studio bar.

Highlights of the Goods Shed programme include trumpet-led Cuban/Iranian jazz-meets-beats band Ariwo (top right) plus Anchorsong and Mermaid Chunky (25 May); rising star saxophonist Nubya Garcia (centre) headlines the Saturday with support from hotly-tipped Bristol crew Feelgood Experiment (26 May); while Phronesis pianist Ivo Neame (above left) tops the Sunday bill with his Quartet, with support from vocal-led quartet We Are Leif (27 May). The Goods Shed also hosts daytime shows including Dakhla Brass and Aisling Iris Quartet (26 May) and Dom Franks' Strayhorn (27 May).

Elsewhere, there's contemporary jazz pianist Andy Nowak Trio (Ale House, 25 May); the Tom Waits-inspired Swordfishtrombone (Marshall Rooms, 25 May); experimental trumpet/drums duo Eyebrow (26 May); soul singer Ruth Royall (Marshall Rooms, 26 May) and a late set from the cinematic sounding Bahla (Goods Shed, 26 May). The Imperial Hotel hosts a busy line-up of gigs and jam sessions and will provide a home for musicians during the festival. Further fringe events will take place at participating bars and pubs around the town. In the run-up to the festival the Goods Shed presents a series of monthly jazz gigs that include Alabaster De Plume (14 April) and drummer/percussionist Ben Brown's Afro-jazz group Waaju (19 April).

Mike Flynn

For the full programme visit www.jazzstroud.org

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