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Special Discounted Weekend Ticket for The Friends – book by Sunday 6 May

Reminder: As per recent Newsletter to members, Sunday 6th May is the last day to book weekend tickets covering up to 12 concerts for Brecon Jazz 2018 at a special discounted members’ rate before tickets go on general release. To book, go to the link – press 10th August link to take you to the correct page. You do not need to make any choices at this stage, other than menu choices if you wish to attend the Friday night concert on the 10th August. Any queries, please email

South African Jazz Tribute to Hugh Masekela at Brecon Jazz 2018

The organisers of Brecon Jazz 2018 have sent us the following exciting news:

“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 / email:”

Brecon Jazz paintings donated to Y Gaer Art Gallery and Museum in Brecon

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 bass. The paintings, along with two other paintings, were originally bought by the late Bernard Glanville in 1995. His nephew Dave Coombe, 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 to give as a gift to a family member. 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.


Veteran Welsh Jazz and blues musician dies at 85

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.

Brecon Jazz Festival 2017: Fri 11th August to Sunday 13th August

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.