Considered the Father of Jazz in South Africa, charismatic trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer, Hugh Masekela has died at 78 in the early hours of 23rd January 2018. He was one of the “greats” to grace the Market Hall Stage at Brecon Jazz on 11 August 2010
Brecon Jazz Club member and supporter of Brecon Jazz Festival, Jonathan Morgan, has donated two oil paintings on canvas by Diana Golledge to Y Gaer for public display in Brecon. One is of American saxophonist Benny Carter and the other is of a French jazz trio featuring Stephane Grapelli on violin, Marc Fosset on guitar and Jean Phillipe Verdin on double base. The paintings, along with two other paintings, were originally bought by the late Bernard Glanville in 1995. His nephew Dave Coombie, who lives in Brecon, kindly donated them to Lynne and Roger of Brecon Jazz Club at the launch party for the 2017 Festival so they could sell them to help raise money for the Festival. However, Brecon Jazz Club wanted to ensure that they would go to buyers who “respected the legacy of Brecon Jazz” and they hoped they would, if possible, be in the public domain, hence Jonathan’s generous donation to Y Gaer after purchasing three of the paintings, one of which he will keep for himself. It is hoped that the paintings will be unveiled in a ceremony at the newly refurbished museum and art gallery in Brecon to coincide with the launch of Brecon Jazz Festival 2019.
15 January 2018
It is with sadness that we inform everyone of the death of Mike Harries at 85 – trombonist and frontman with the Root Doctors. An architect by profession, he was born in Ynysybwl and grew up in Cardiff. He played at the first Brecon Jazz Festival in 1985 with his Mike Harries Jazz Band and later with Adamant Band. He appeared regularly at Brecon Jazz Festival and will be missed by many. Our thoughts go to his wife and family.
The Bishop Bevan Hall, in the centre of Brecon, is booked for our Clubhouse and we are negotiating with a popular local caterer to supply food and drinks. Event organisers are in discussion with musicians and we will keep you posted as information becomes available.
A very successful Jazz Festival took place in perfect sunny conditions. The roads were closed off to traffic and people flooded the centre of Brecon which buzzed with excitement and wonderful music. Headliners, Darius Bruckbeck Quartet, visiting Brecon for the first time, filled the Guildhall with fantastic sounds.
The weekend got under way with the Festival Big Band at a packed-out Castle Hotel on Friday night. The Festival also hosted Atsuki Shimado Trio; Gerard Cousins who presented his Miles Davis Project; Annette Gregory & Friends, Hannah Vivian-Byrne, Nigel Price and Ross Stanley, Strings go Swing, Ashley Long John and trad jazz band, Broadway Originals. Jazz workshop took place with Rod Paton.
The 2016 event, although on a smaller scale to those of the past, was no less a celebration of high class music with a choice of superb live jazz from the evening of Friday 12th August to the evening of Sunday 14th at venues throughout Brecon. The Friends of Brecon Jazz clubhouse was open as usual offering refreshments and a jazz focused sanctuary away from the hurly burly of the festival streets. Theatr Brycheiniog‘s jazz bar was also open for the whole weekend with busking and jamming from some of those appearing on the festival programme and a late night jam session until 3am on Sunday morning.
A letter from The Friend’s Chairman about the 2016 Jazz Festival can be seen via this link: FoBJ update Newsletter 30 05 16