Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya
Cheltenham Jazz Festival
Various venues, see website
Effervescent South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim remains one of the most charismatic, much-loved and influential figures in jazz, having been at the forefront of the scene for over 50 years and working with the likes of Duke Ellington and John Coltrane.
Originally under the name Dollar Brand, his music has long tracked the turbulence of his homeland, and now reflects its current optimism through music of great hope and reflective soulfulness.
For this UK exclusive marking the release of a new album, he is joined by his long-time band Ekaya.