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