Also on Saturday, guitarist Gerard Cousins will be performing his Miles Davis Tribute with a special quintet convened for the event. Gerard Cousins Project plays In a Silent Way.
This year sees national and local heroes of jazz with a sprinkle of international visiting or resident talent. Atsuko Shimada, a Japanese jazz pianist based in southern Spain and resident in USA and Berklee for four years, joins us with her Festival-special trio, of Italian Paolo Adamo on drums and Brazilian Matheus Prado on double bass. They have invited Bristol wonder-saxophonist Kevin Figes from across the Bridge to join them, adding alto to the mix, and also with a guest appearance by jazz French Horn player Rod Paton, a musician of many languages. This is a Brecon Jazz Festival concert special. Atsuko Shimada Trio with Kevin Figes and Rod Paton at the Guildhall on Saturday at 3.15pm. Book here
Friday at Brecon Jazz will see the grand opening at the Castle Hotel, with the ‘Slice of Jazz’ Festival Big Band which will include dancers ‘Hoppin Mad’ and vocals from Elaina Hoss. The price also includes a hot buffet meal.
Friday afternoon kicks off with a workshop for all creative jazz session, an adventure in playing and composition for learners and practitioners alike (using special techniques, participants don't need to read music). 'Jazz Creativity' Workshop with Rod Paton (Friday 11 August at the Muse from 2-4pm £10) : book here
Friday, Saturday and Sunday will see lots of activity around the town, music in the streets, stalls…
Sunday at Brecon Jazz has two evening headlines as well as two ‘Jazz in the afternoon’ concerts to help everyone relax and have a wonderful weekend, with lovely food available throughout at the Muse Arts venue :
‘Annette Gregory and Friends’ is vocals and piano-based at the Brecon Muse from 2pm with John McDonald on keyboards and Matheus Prado on double bass. Young musician and guests include Rachel Head, Norman Willmore and Zach Breskal (saxes, drums).
Ashley John Long, Glen Manby and Friends is vibes and sax-based at the Brecon Muse from 3.15 pm with Pete Komor on double bass. Rod Paton on French Horn will join the lineup for some special 'guest' numbers.
You need to go to both!
Hannah Vivian-Bryne Trio on Sunday at 5.30pm is a great Festival treat and not to be missed. A true Welsh talent and already acclaimed jazz star, vocalist Hannah brings her wonderful lineup of Ayo Vincent on piano and Linus Fenton on double bass to create a totally unforgettable evening of beautiful classic jazz. Be there to say you discovered Hannah Vivian-Byrne at Brecon Jazz this year!