When I was able to get around I used to belong to the Cheltenham jazz society, which met at various venues in the town, once a month, it was this club which introduced me to the Subtone-which is a small venue and not easily found unless you know where to look-the venue is featured in my story http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EPGKFR8
I attended two jazz festivals and have many lasting experiences, in contrast I heard the lovely Norwegian singer SIlja Neergard and at the same festival the abysmally shocking group Speeq, who were so bad by half time in their performance there was a constant stream of people leaving-which was a shame as the lead singer was a good singer and the reason I booked my ticket.
I had the pleasure of seeing the great Ornette Coleman on one of his last appearances in the UK-he was 80 at the time-and the final performance of Soprano sax player Steve Lacy, who died of cancer, when he was only 45.
One of the big disappointments was paying to stand-the gig was sold out-to hear Jane Monheit on the Curtis Sturgis performance, Ms Monheit only sang two duets.
How about this for rudeness:- Madeline Peyroux, who had only just come to notice, turned up for her show at the Racecourse-which is the top venue-over an hour late and told the audience that all the town had to offer was horse racing.
Obviously, coming from France she had no idea of the vast number of festivals going on, including literature and music from all ages and the many symphony orchestras who perform there and not forgetting the town is the venue of one of the top girls schools in the UK.
BTW-she didn't apologise for her tardy arrival, either, again showing how arrogant some French can be.