The definitive guid to the weekend:

Here is the updates poster and some of the sites at last weekends Llandeilo Jazz Festival and in Brecon Town Centre.



First big programming announcement….

“Brecon Jazz 2018 organisers proudly announce their Saturday evening headline concert at this year’s Brecon Jazz Festival – on Saturday 11 August, a special performance of  South African Jazz, including a unique tribute to the trumpeter and composer, jazz musician, Hugh Masekela. The Festival Organisers have invited South African pianist Adam Glasser to curate this special tribute, and to lead a thrilling sextet of musicians in a headline concert at Brecon Jazz 2018. 

The concert brings together different generations of UK-based musicians to explore the legacy of township jazz standards that were made famous by the late Hugh Masekela, who passed away in January this year. Adam Glasser leads this ‘dream team’ of outstanding instrumentalists and soloists, including those like trumpeter Byron Wallen and Adam himself, who knew Hugh Masekela personally and worked with him, as well as the outstanding saxophonist Josephine  Davies; the sextet is driven by a dynamic young rhythm section of Rob Luft on guitar, Daisy George on bass, and Corrie Dick on drums. A very special lineup for a unique occasion,

All say that they are absolutely delighted to be coming together in this special performance and celebration at Brecon’s 35th Anniversary Jazz Festival, and the opportunity to pay tribute to the artistic work and cultural legacy of Hugh Masekela, who died on 23rd January this year.

The concert will include personal reminiscences of Hugh, as well as musical references, set in the wider rhythmic context of the sounds of ‘jazz’ of South Africa. A trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer, Hugh Masekela is considered the ‘father’ of South African jazz. He was also one of the ‘greats’ to appear on the concert stages of Brecon, and performed at the Market Hall as part of the Brecon Jazz Festival eight years ago – on the ‘same date’ of 11th August, 2010.

In putting on this ambitious event, the Brecon Jazz team acknowledge the outstanding support of Brecon Town Council and also a number of local and national organisations, including Friends of Brecon Jazz.

One of the key themes this year will be – THE SPIRIT OF THE FESTIVAL – honouring the legacy of Brecon Jazz itself, as well as some of its legendary performers such as Hugh Masekela, as well as bringing invited new talents to Brecon to take the spotlight in these uniquely-curated concerts. 

Brecon Jazz Festival 2018 takes place on the weekend of 10-12th August.  There will be 12 key concerts in five central venues, with street music, markets and outdoor entertainment. Weekend and Day tickets will be available in mid-May. For further information, see www.breconjazz.org / email: info@breconjazz.org”

So, its all up and running for 2018 here at BJF Towers!

The dates for your diaries are Friday 10th to Sunday 12th August and we have lots and lots of great things in store for you.

Big headliner announcement this Sunday 20th May so keep a look out!

In the mean time, the general weekend poster is here, feel free to copy and share away!

Great write up on a great weekend!! HERE

What a great day yesterday was and thats just the beginning!! Brecon Jazz festival is truly on its way back to #BreconmJazzLegend status!! 

‘A legend in its own 5/4 time!’

Some pictures from yesterday (un edited as yet I’m afraid)

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Not many festivals can boast reaching their 34th year, but Brecon Jazz can!

It’s been an incredible ride from the Jazz festival’s first couple of years in the early 1980’s. There have been a few interesting times along the way, but the 34th year is ready to be a big weekend. The Festival is going back to its roots and focusing on what makes the festival so special..the people of Brecon. Yes, YOU!

This year’s theme has been In Brecon, by Brecon, for Brecon and this is why the festival is returning to its roots by closing the town centre to traffic for the whole weekend. This way, families will have lots to do. So if you mix together some great Jazz events, fringe and the street scene over the weekend, you have something for everyone.

There’s been great support from the town with Specsavers in Brecon supporting the Dave Brubeck event, Brecon Brewing sponsoring the main stage in the Bulwark and lots of valuable help and support from The Wellington Hotel, The Castle Hotel, Mitchell Meredith, Brecon Town Council. So it’s a real Brecon family affair.

The festival opens this Friday 11th August at 8pm, with a ‘Slice of Jazz Big Band’ at the Castle Hotel. The lead TENOR SAX PLAYER is Martha Skilton, who is a renowned and in demand jazz musician, part of the team at BLACK MOUNTAINS jazz. Lynne Gornall from the Brecon Jazz Festival team said, “Martha played in the lineup at Brecon Jazz Festival last year and also at Brecon Jazz Club.  We’re delighted she’ll be in full sax ‘voice’ for our opening concert”.  It’s all about showcasing great female jazz talent throughout the Festival, and starting on the Friday, as the free live stage opens with the SAXALETTES – four women, four great sax players at the Bulwark, Friday 11th August at 2pm.

So even though most of the Jazz concerts are virtually all sold out, there is still lots to do in the town over the weekend and excellent music to be heard on the free live stage.

So, with the weather looking good, the vintage fayre being delivered Friday morning,
live, free music in the streets, kids’ activities and fun stuff, a Jazz exhibition in the library and Guildhall and the legendary Brecon Farmers Market. Why would you want to be anywhere else?

All these events are put on by a small team and local partners working to recreate the ‘Festival Feeling’ In Brecon, by Brecon, for Brecon. For Help or Information email: info@breconjazz2017.co.uk

Good write up in the Brecon and Radnor today – the excitement is building!!

Maybe of use to the bus travellers of Brecon area;

The Welsh Government is launching a new pilot offering free weekend bus travel to passengers across Wales

The pilot, which will apply to all buses on the extensive TrawsCymru network, will begin on Saturday and run every weekend until at least May 2018.

It’s hoped the scheme will act as a catalyst for bus travel in Wales, boosting not only the number of passengers but also wider use of the TrawsCymru routes.
I’m delighted to launch this ground breaking scheme and look forward to seeing as many people as possible making the most of this fantastic offer to travel across Wales by bus for free. Read more

Do B&R readers know anyone from these places?

Blackburn – Abingdon – Newton Abbott – Sheffield – Exeter – Worcester – Brentford – Hove – Middlesborough – Evesham – Reading – Harpenden – Slough – Wolverhampton – Bridgnorth – London –  Colchester – Prenton – Horsham – Leicester – Bristol – Fleet – Oxford – Hitchin – Bromley – Canterbury – Manchester – Coleford – Derby – Carshalton – Lancaster – Melton Mowbray – Portishead – Birmingham – Leominster – Stockport – Winchester – Reading – Stockport – Andover – Gloucester – Banstead – Somerset – St Albans –  Drybrook – Smethwick – Willenhall – Tring – Shrewsbury – Tunbridge Wells…

Because these are just some of the places, the towns and cities from all over the UK, of people who love Brecon. They are leaving their lovely homes for a weekend in August.  Wonder why?

They’re coming to Brecon for the Jazz Festival, now in its 34th year!  Are you?

No wonder they love Brecon.  It’s the place, the spaces, the welcome, the music – the jazz! Maybe readers have friends coming too? 

What about Wales!!

Well our friends across the Welsh counties are very well represented too, travelling from many corners and routes into Brecon… we’ve sold tickets to them all!

Aberystwyth – Carmarthen -– Oswestry – Denbigh – Swansea – Port Talbot – Llandrindod Wells – Pontypridd – Newport – Llangorse -Blackwood – Cardiff – Tredegar – Neath – Penarth – Talgarth – Raglan – Govilon  – Sennybridge – Cwmbran – Mountain Ash – Llandysul – Abergavenny – Pontyclun – Abercynon – Hay-on-Wye – oh and of course, Brecon itself.

We’ve even attracted some visitors from Europe.

When they arrive…

The Jazz Festival team will be ready to welcome everyone, with ‘STREETSCENE’ – music in the Bulwark, street traders and stalls, exhibition and information in the Guildhall, fun activities for little fans, and even a mini car show (weather permitting). Music will include jazz, blues, choirs, jive and swing.  If you fancy a try yourself, join our ‘INSTANT JAZZ’ music and improvisation workshop with Rod Paton of LifeMusic on Friday (2-4pm in the Muse, £10). There are headline Concerts too – starting at the Castle Hotel on Friday and closing at the Wellington Hotel on Sunday… but hurry as the whole programme is almost all sold out.

All these events are put on by a small team working to recreate the ‘Festival Feeling’ In Brecon, by Brecon, for Brecon. For Help or Information email: info@breconjazz2017.co.uk