The Cheltenham Jazz Festival announces a new addition to the 2012 line-up – legendary singer and songwriter Steve Winwood!

Since rocketing to stardom as a teenager with the Spencer Davis Group, Steve Winwood has gone on to lead a hugely successful career both as a solo artist and as a member of groups such as Traffic and Blind Faith. He has also collaborated with some of the world’s greatest musicians including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and James Brown.

Winwood has won numerous Grammy awards, was rated at #33 in Rolling Stone’s list of the greatest singers of all time and recently won the Ivor Novello award for outstanding song collection. Along the way his music has incorporated a varied mix of R&B, blues, jazz and rock.

In a UK exclusive, Steve Winwood will open the 2012 Cheltenham Jazz Festival on Wednesday 2nd May ahead of his spring tour of the USA. The Cheltenham concert will feature some of Winwood’s most iconic hits including Gimme Some Lovin’, Can’t Find My Way Home and I’m a Man. Steve and his wife, Eugenia, are patrons of Cheltenham Festivals, and he is donating all profits for this concert to The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.

Steve Winwood is the latest addition to the Jazz Festival programme. This year’s stellar line-up features the return of jazz superstar Jamie Cullum as Guest Director, an exclusive live broadcast of BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night celebrating the life and music of Ray Charles, the sultry vocals of starlet Melody Gardot and 1940s glamour from The Puppini Sisters, alongside international jazz stars Bill Frisell, Marcus Miller and Chris Potter and many more.

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