Tickets for the Jazz concerts at this year’s Brecon Jazz Festival are now online! All ‘advance’ tickets are available now and during June or until reserves are sold out. There are ‘3 Day Weekend’, ‘Day’ (Sat or Sun) and single ‘Concert’ tickets: click dates Fri 9th / Sat 10th /Sun 11th August. Concert listings below.

If you are a Friend of Brecon Jazz, you qualify for a special discount – please wait for the FoBJ mailout. This FoBJ discount applies to the whole weekend ticket only, and is more than 40% off. Others may wish to join FoBJ now to qualify! 

There’ll be music in the cafes and streets of Brecon, market stalls and a weekend road closure, with Saturday Carnival parade. You can support the outdoor festivities with our crowd funding page HERE

We hope to see you there!


  • Samantha Wright clarinet Quintet (Fri pm Muse Arts)
  • Liane Carroll (solo) fundraising Side by Side with Refugees (Fri eve, St Marys)
  • Steve Waterman’s Festival Big Band (Friday night, Castle Hotel)
  • Maciek Pysz, Gerard Cousins (guitars) & Paula Gardiner (Sat noon, Wellington)
  • Barbara Dennerlein Hammond Organ Trio, Kumar Chopra, Alex Burch (Sat pm)
  • Scott Hamilton Quartet (Sat eve Guildhall)
  • Ross Stanley Trio (Sun noon, Muse Arts)
  • Karen Sharp Qtet /Nikki Iles, Dave Green, Steve Brown (Sunday pm, Guildhall)
  • Gypsy Jazz legends Stochelo & Mozes Rosenberg, Chris Quinn (g) Christiaan von Hemert (v) Arnoud Van Den Berg (db) (Sun pm, Theatr Brycheiniog)

More Concerts: Alice Leggett / Gethin Liddington / Gareth Roberts / Carole Nelson, Maria Walsh & Celtic Jazz / Rory Ingham / Siriol & Talfan Jenkins / Frazer McIntosh / Ocaso /– plus amazing lineups in the above trios, quartets & quintets!

Scott Hamilton

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The organisers of Brecon Jazz Festival 2019 are delighted to announce the RETURN OF ‘JUNIOR JAZZ’ to the Festival, with a concert to be held on Friday 9th August in the town centre.

JUNIOR JAZZ is a showcase for younger performers in an end of courseconcert, led and directed by Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s Paula Gardiner.  Paula, who is head of Jazz Studies at the College, has run this concert event for many years. It is the culmination of an intensive but fun week of teaching, coaching and rehearsing at the RWCMD in Cardiff, and will feature young musicians from the ages of 8 to 18 on stage. Festival audiences will recall these finale concerts held in Brecon in the past, and this year, in association with Paula Gardiner and her colleagues, we are bringing the showcase concert back to the Festival. Tricia Keir, Head of the RWCMD’s pre-College department said they expected to feature a wide range of instrumentalists as well as vocalists, and they were all very pleased to be presenting as part of this year’s Brecon Jazz Festival.

We are also making this a FREE CONCERT that all can enjoy. We want to show our support for what Paula and her colleagues are doing, the young players, and to give them the widest possible audience. So the free concert will be held in the town centre as part of our afternoon Public Jazz programme, on FRIDAY, 9thAUGUST.

STEVE WATERMAN to Direct the Festival Big Band 2019! – see info below, & weekend overview

FESTIVAL BIG BAND – Friday evening at the Castle Hotel Ballroom (Fri 9 August 2019)

We are delighted to announce that one of our top British trumpet players, STEVE WATERMAN has accepted the Festival organisers’ invitation to direct the Friday Big Band at Brecon Jazz this year. With an established reputation and as a dedicated jazz musician, composer and educationist, Steve regularly features on the UK, European and International jazz scene. He says: “”I am really looking forward to directing and performing with the
Festival Big Band on Friday 9th August at the Brecon Jazz Festival – and in the splendid Castle Hotel ballroom!..I’ve been working alongside the organisers Lynne & Roger to handpick an amazing group of musicians, and I’ll be bringing a selection of jazz arrangements and compositions (including my own) to showcase the talents of everyone involved”. He adds that “it will certainly produce a performance that can only be heard at this year’s festival, on Friday at the Castle at Brecon Jazz 2019!”.

The Festival organisers say it is great news that Steve Waterman is coming over, and also that last year’s Big Band Director, stellar trombonist Gareth Roberts, will join the lineup for 2019 too. Alongside Steve Waterman himself, who will feature on trumpet, will be a leading new jazz instrumentalist Charlotte Keeffe (on trumpet), alongside a dazzling set of UK and Welsh musicians including Alice Leggett (alto sax), Dan Messore (guitar), Paula Gardiner (double bass), Rebecca Nash (piano), Andrew Bain (drums), with more to be confirmed.

WEEKEND OVERVIEW : Thursday 8 August to Sunday 11 August 2019
This year – which is Brecon Jazz Festival’s 36th year – we are planning to programme from THURSDAY (8th August) in order to include a major event which will also be promoted to the town and surrounding area – a jazz orchestral work.

FRIDAY’s programme (9th August) will commence after lunchtime, from 2pm, with FREE JAZZ concerts and featuring young people, until around 4.30pm. This will be followed by another UK top name CHARITY concert at 6pm, and then our BIG BAND special at around 8-8.30pm (with meal beforehand) at the Castle Hotel.

On each of Saturday and Sunday, we are planning major concerts. They will begin each weekend day at noon; the Festival will close on Sunday evening. Top UK, a number of European stars, and a leading US jazz name will be featured. More info via the B&R in the weeks to follow.

VENUES this year will include the Brecon Guildhall Theatre, Castle Hotel, Wellington Hotel, Ty Helyg Guesthouse, St Marys Church, Brecon Cathedral, Theatr Brycheiniog the Muse, and we hope, the re-opened Y Gaer.

TICKETS: there will be an inclusive ‘Weekender’ ticket, as well as Saturday and Sunday ’Day’ tickets, and all concerts will be able to be booked individually, subject to availability. Friends of Brecon Jazz get special discounts and the first ticket release, so check their website and join up in time to support the 36th year of Brecon Jazz Festival.

The definitive guid to the weekend: