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truly talented
post Feb 10 2017, 09:57 AM
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Great #cheltjazzfest line-up including Jack Savoretti, Will Young, Paul Carrack, Mica Paris + Laura Mvula. WOW.
http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz/whats-on/grid

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post Feb 10 2017, 11:27 AM
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Thanks TT -It would be great if he came to The Stables in Milton Keynes - wonder if he'll be doing summer gigs too biggrin.gif

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post Feb 10 2017, 07:37 PM
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I'm hoping he ventures further north munchkin. smile.gif Think he's had these jazz gigs in the pipeline since he released the ep.
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post Feb 14 2017, 10:42 PM
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Hope he comes to the south east smile.gif
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post Apr 27 2017, 08:30 PM
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Will Young is hanging out in Cheltenham all weekend and this is where you might see him
By Jenni Phillips | Posted: April 27, 2017



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The lovely Will Young is in town, soaking up the atmosphere of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.




His gig at the Town Hall on Friday might be sold out but we think you've got a good chance of bumping into the original Pop Idol around town.

He's also just been confirmed as one of the DJ's at the hottest party of the festival – the 131 Ultimate House Party on Saturday night.


We know Will was at the Town Hall last night watching Laura Mvula open the festival and we know he popped into the Daffodil as well for an impromptu performance.


These are some other places we have a feeling he might visit.

Ella and Fleur Hot Yoga in Pittville Street – Will is already signed up for mindfulness masterclasses at Soul Circus, the lifestyle festival part hosted by the yoga studio in the summer. We wouldn't be surprised if he pops into a class.


James of Montpellier – Will is a seriously stylish chap these days, the boutiques of Montpellier might tempt him

Kindness and Co – as one of the nicest men in pop how will he be able to resist this friendly and healthy café in Clarence Street.


Read more at http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/wi ... FuAcxoP.99
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post Apr 29 2017, 01:55 PM
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Thanks TT wub.gif

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post Apr 29 2017, 04:03 PM
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Lovely interview on radio 2 earlier. Sounded really happy. Talked about recording a record after the summer gigs. I presume it will be another jazz release. I'm a huge fan of his pop music but can understand him moving his career in the jazz direction given the state of the charts. The jazz genre should give him plenty of performance opportunities and ensure he keeps singing. 😄
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post Apr 29 2017, 09:05 PM
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I haven't listened back yet. He's doing what he loves best. Singing live and under no pressure to sell records. I should think he's made enough over the years to give him this freedom. He still has his loyal fan base who'll be around whenever he performs. biggrin.gif

I have this comment made by him a few years ago under my banner:

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"There’s only so much more money you can make, if money is your motive.
There’s only so much more famous you can become, if that’s your motive.
So it’s about other things that are challenging for me.


Still holds true.


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post May 2 2017, 07:01 AM
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REVIEW: @willyoung is now free to sing the music and lyrics that resonate most closely with him @cheltfestivals


Will Young’s jazz offerings have been simmering amongst the listings for the last ten years, including performances at Ronnie Scott’s and The 606 Club. This summer he is sharing them with larger audiences including Hampton Court, but firstly at Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

There is a depth and soul to Young’s vocal that was first glimpsed in his cover of The Doors’ ‘Light My Fire’ back in 2002, but which has perhaps not always been honoured by the pop career that followed. At the heart of his jazz foray is a renewed commitment and indulgence to singing other people’s songs, an opportunity to explore what he described as an endless catalogue of other people’s work and explore the lyrics at the heart of them. Whilst many of his contemporaries and predecessors have instinctively delved into the Great American Songbook, Young’s inspiration instead draws from the likes of Phil Collins, The Cure, Joni Mitchell, and The Buzzcocks.

There is a soulful tenderness to Young’s voice and interpretation that cuts to the heartwrenching truth of punk anthem ‘Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve), but it doesn’t necessarily feel richer for the interpretation. Elsewhere, a swinging shuffle drum beat and walking bassline offer the ideal transformation from pop classics into smooth swinging originals.

The second half of the gig swings harder and faster, driven perhaps in part by Young’s costume change into an outrageously golden sequined jacket to human-glitterball effect. Saxophonist Ben Castle fulfilled the role of comic counterpart in a series of increasingly candid anecdotes that shocked and delighted the audience. The squeaky clean popstar of yesteryear has been left behind and Young is now free to sing the music and lyrics that resonate most closely with him.

Despite the warmth and soul he can find in the songs of others, it was on the encore that Will Young truly beamed. We were treated to the debut of a different type of cover: one of his own songs. Triple-platinum single ‘Evergreen’ was given a jazz makeover and the missing piece of the evening’s repertoire clicked into place and validated all that went before it. Young’s grin was infectious and his vocal reached its most adventurous yet on a song that truly felt upgraded by a fresh interpretation.


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