The Cheltenham Jazz Festival has announced a new title sponsor and additions to the programme for this year's festival that runs from 27 April -1 May 2006. For the first time the festival will be sponsored by BBC Radio 2 with the station hosting three concerts at the festival.

Mulgrew Miller, Avishai Cohen, Tina May and Polar Bear are on the bill for next month's Aberdeen Jazz Festival which runs from 8-12 March at local venues that include the Music Hall, Blue Lamp, Rusty Nail, The Tunnels and Lemon Tree. For tickets and info phone 01224 619769 or go to

Pioneering free jazz and improv legend Derek Bailey passed away December 2006.  His biographer Ben Watson will be reading from his book Derek Bailey And The Story of Free Improvisation at the Muswell Hill Bookshop in London's Muswell Hill on 16 March at 7.30pm. Phone 020 8444 7588 for more details.

Jazz Services has received funding from the Arts Council England to develop a new recording support scheme. Working with 33 Records, the Luton-based jazz indie record label, eight bands will be chosen to take part in this scheme over two years.

The George IV pub in London's Chiswick is hosting regular high profile Jazz Talent jam sessions from next month on the last Monday of each month.

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