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Live Review: Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Cracking Band

by Brian Payne | Jazz Journal | May 11, 2023

In mixed weather, this year’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival spanned six days from 26 April to 1 May. Most performances took place in Montpellier Gardens, the site of the Big Top and Jazz Arena. Other locations in town included the Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Town Hall and the Daffodil Restaurant. The Daffodil is a restored 1920s cinema with a balcony, sweeping staircase and superb art-deco features.

I hadn’t come across Damian Lewis before. He’s a television and film actor by day yet here he was at Cheltenham fronting a cracking band. I was pleasantly surprised. Lewis sang and played a mix of roots, blues and rock ’n’ roll and his vocals and guitar accompaniment were spot on. Some of the numbers were his own compositions. He was backed by members of Kansas Smitty’s House Band with Giacomo Smith on alto saxophone, David Archer on guitar, Joe Webb on piano, Will Sach on bass and Will Cleasby on drums. Kitty Durham supplied backing vocals, hand-held percussion, harmonica and at times also guitar.

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Damian Lewis To Play Stripped Back Gig + Live Album Signing

Rough Trade East

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | May 5, 2023

Presented by Rough Trade East, Damian is set to perform a stripped back set plus live album signing at the Old Truman Brewery located at 150 Brick Lane in London on Monday, June 19, 2023. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with a performance starting at 8:00 p.m. and the album signing beginning at 9:00 p.m. This unique event for 300 lucky attendees celebrates the release of Damian’s debut album Mission Creep, a thoughtful collection of rootsy, rock and jazz-tinged songs that reveals a deep love of music and a deep need to communicate. His album is set for release June 16, 2023 on Decca label.

Tickets for this event also include a physical copy of the fantastic new album on your format of choice to be collected from Rough Trade East on the day of the show. Entry + blue vinyl is £33. Entry + CD is £14.50. More product information can be found here and here.

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Cheltenham Jazz Festival: Damian Lewis – Live Review

Well Crafted Songs and Strong Vocals

by Hannah Compton | Building Our Own Nashville | May 1, 2023

Actor Damian Lewis has always had a passion for playing music and putting out a record of his own. Signed to Decca Records, Damian released his first single ‘Down on the Bowery’ on April 13th 2023.

His debut album Mission Creep is out June 16th and can be pre ordered here.

Playing in the Jazz Arena at Cheltenham Jazz Festival with a seven piece band that consisted of the Kansas Smitty Band, the show was an absolute sell out full of keen fans of the actor who were curious to be a part of one of his first ever live performances promoting his forthcoming debut album.

“Hello Everyone”, Lewis greeted “I am a Cheltenham Jazz Festival virgin only to be deflowered by this audience and I am glad it’s you”.

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Damian Lewis Performed at This Year’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival

David Bowie Vibes

by Gingernsap | damian-lewis.com | May 1, 2023


Damian performed a live gig at
Cheltenham Jazz Festival at Montpellier Gardens in the Jazz Arena on Monday, May 1, 2023 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. He and his band sounded incredible and audience members commented about Damian’s Bowie-esque look and vibe. Damian performed songs from his upcoming debut album out June 16, as well as covers like ‘Werewolves of London.’ View more images in our Gallery here. Next gig is Union Chapel! Watch brief interview from Cheltenham Jazz Festival with Tony Minvielle of Jazz FM here:

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Damian Lewis Scheduled to Perform Music Gig at Union Chapel

Islington Here We Come!

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 12, 2023

Photography: Rhys Frampton. Artwork: Charlie Drinkwater, Drinkwater Studios

Just after the release of his debut album Mission Creep on June 16, 2023, Damian Lewis will return to the stage for a show at Union Chapel Islington in London on Tuesday, July 11, 2023. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and you can even order a pre-show meal. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 21 at 10:00 a.m. BST here or from Alt Tickets here or Stereo Board here. Union Chapel is a working church and live entertainment venue located in the London borough of Islington at 19b Compton Terrace.

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Damian Lewis Tweets Picture Outside Music Studio

Amps and Mics

by Damian Lewis | Twitter | March 22, 2023

L to R: Joe Webb, Will Sach, Billy Adamson and Giacomo Smith. Photo Credit: Damian Lewis

Damian tweeted out this photo with the caption, “Now that’s a band.” And from his Instagram account he shared, “Meet the band.” The photo was taken just outside of Creation Studios, a music studio and luthier located in the heart of Camden, London on Kentish Town Road and Royal College Street. We’re guessing they were either renting some rehearsal space or laying down some tracks for Damian’s upcoming debut album set to be released this summer. Can’t wait!

For more information about Creation Studios, visit their website here.
View photos of studio time and album artwork here

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Damian Lewis Scheduled to Perform Music Gig at Black Deer Festival

Festival of Americana

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 13, 2023

With a single out April 13, a special release set for April 22 for Record Store Day and a debut album expected on June 16, Damian Lewis returns to the stage for a gig at the 4th annual Black Deer music festival on Friday, June 16 – the same day as his album release! The entire festival runs from June 16-18, 2023 at Eridge Park, Tunbridge Wells, Kent – near East Sussex, England. A wide variety of tier-type tickets are on sale here, starting at £87.75. Damian remarked,

“I’m really looking forward to Black Deer Festival and so excited to play live for y’all in the deer park on the day my new album is officially released.”

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A Night With Damian Lewis at Hoxton Hall

Intimate Performance at Arts Theatre and Community Centre

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 3, 2023

After selling out his first two London shows, Damian Lewis returned to the stage for another music gig at Hoxton Hall on Friday, March 3, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hoxton area of Shoreditch, London Borough of Hackney, with supporting act Amelie Watson. Those spotted in the audience were our very own Damianista of Fan Fun team, long time fans and Fan Fun followers Darlene Billows, Hellie Phillips and Tsveti, as well as Marcella Martinelli (stylist), Steve Abbott (Manager) and Debbi Clark who is the Founder and CEO of HVH Arts Foundation – a charity close to former Patron Helen McCrory’s heart.  Damian did share with the audience that his song “Down on the Bowery” was written in New York. Always the gracious one, Damian did a meet and greet with many guests and fans after the show by signing autographs, posing for pictures and giving hugs. Thank you, Damian!

Upcoming Releases:
Single – TBD
Special Double Release for Record Store Day – April 22, 2023
“Mission Creep” debut album – June, 2023

View videos and more photos of the event in our Gallery here.

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Damian Lewis Scheduled to Perform at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

With Jazz Outfit Kansas Smitty’s

by Connie Evans | The Independent | February 7, 2023

Damian Lewis is set to team up with jazz outfit Kansas Smitty’s to perform at Cheltenham Jazz Festival at Montpellier Gardens.

The 51-year-old British actor, best known for starring in TV dramas including Band Of Brothers and Homeland, is expected to play tracks from his debut album, which is set to be released in June of this year.

Lewis, who last year played an intimate London show and appeared at the Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire, will be accompanied on stage by the jazz group, which is headed up by Italian-American musician Giacomo Smith.

Having played the guitar since the age of 13, Lewis rediscovered the instrument during lockdown and later teamed up with various London-based musicians, including Smith, who plays both clarinet and alto saxophone, to record his debut album.

Lewis will join the seven-piece outfit, who have previously sold out Ronnie Scott’s and The Jazz Cafe. Tickets for Cheltenham Jazz Festival, which takes place beginning Wednesday, April 26 through Monday, May 1, 2023, will go on sale on March 1 here. Damian will play the Jazz Arena on Monday, May 1, 2023 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. and tickets start at £30. His event number is J22. Don’t miss Kansas Smitty’s late-night takeover sessions in Cheltenham’s bar and event space The Daffodil Restaurant on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (April 28 – April 30) at 11:00 p.m. each night.

Read the rest of the original article at The Independent
Secondary Source: Evening Standard