Category Archives: Brecon Jazz Festival

Jazzman Reviews of BJF 2019

BRECON JAZZ FESTIVAL 2019 -in words, sights and sounds…
>Reviews from Ian Man at Jazzman


Ian Mann enjoys the first full day of the Festival and performances by Maciek Pysz, Samantha Wright, Liane Carroll and the Steve Waterman Big Band. [The latter]..brought to a close a hugely successful first day of the Festival which had seen a series of excellent and very varied performances, all of which had been enjoyed by appreciative and pleasingly large audiences.


Ian Mann on the second day of the Festival and performances by the Pysz/Cousins/Gardiner Trio, Alice Leggett, Gareth Roberts, Barbara Dennerlein and Scott Hamilton…. a day of excellent and very varied music performed in front of sold out or near capacity audiences, with much appreciation being shown to all the musicians involved.


Ian Mann on the final day of the Festival, and performances by Ross Stanley, Karen Sharp, Stochelo Rosenberg, Rory Ingham and the Celtic Jazz Quartet..Lynne Gornall, Roger Cannon and their team are to be congratulated on another successful Festival that once again brought some exceptional jazz talents and some great music to Brecon. The stewarding was as courteous and efficient as ever, the sound excellent at all venues and every event ran to time.

>Sound from the 4 Guildhall concerts from Rhys Phillips

>Photos from Bob Meyrick

FoBJ hands over cheque for £2,500 to Festival organisers

Brecon Jazz Festival organisers, Lynne Gornall and Roger Cannon, send a big thank you to all The Friends who have, through their subscriptions and donations, enabled FoBj to hand over £2,500 to them again this year.   As they receive very little funding and are volunteers themselves, depending on volunteers throughout the festival, every amount they receive is vital to ensure Brecon Jazz Festival continues and flourishes.

On behalf of The Friends we would like to extend our thanks to the festival organisers and all the volunteers from Brecon Jazz Club for all their hard work and excellent organisation.  They were always ready to assist and it was lovely to be greeted at the venues by smiling faces.  As soon as we receive the reviews and feedback on this 2019 festival they will be available on this site.  But in the meantime, from our point of view, it was a fabulous Festival – in its 36th year – with fantastic musicians giving wonderful concerts throughout the weekend.  What more could we ask for?  Even the weather, although it was a bit wet and windy, was kind to us compared to other regions of the UK – with the sun putting in an appearance from time to time.

FINAL message before Brecon Jazz 2019

The following email has been received today – Monday 5th August 2019 – from the Festival organisers:

Dear Brecon Jazz supporters –

Welcome to Brecon – map and town carparking link below: but please also note town centre roads closed: High Streets areas/Bulwark/upper Lion Street
Car  Parking in Brecon Info HERE

Friday Festival Big Band concert (Fri 9 August – SOLD OUT): Ticketholders, please reply to advise choices for the hot plate meal. It will be served in the Castle Hotel Ballroom adjacent dining area from 7.15pm onwards. RSVP to BRECON JAZZ FESTIVAL <> to advise option per person, and also tell us any allergies, exclusions, or also access difficulties.

  • Chicken Curry (is Gluten Free)
  • Beef Bourguignon (is Gluten Free…dish probably contains alcohol)
  • Vegetable Moussaka (is Vegetarian, contains dairy)
  • Vegetable Curry (is Vegan and non diary)

All served with potato, rice, salad & bread – no need to advise on these unless having a special allergy to one etc.

CONCERTS SEATING: Weekend Pass-holders you need to be in your seat in good time please: team will sell tickets to any unoccupied seats shortly before the performance begins. Others can join wait lists via Bobbins, see below.

NO TICKETS? join a waiting list – some will get seats. Also, look online, we have a few tickets left – Check Sunday HERE.

Come anyway, lots to do and hear, such as:

  • Plenty of jazz in the cafes, streets and bars: see HERE.
  • Brecon Jazz photo exhibitions at The Muse and The Theatr (top floor) and in town – free, open access. Open all weekend & all of August
  • Saturday afternoon 3.15pm St Marys Swing Dance Class Introduction with Ann & Graeme of acclaimed teachers “Hoppin Mad”. FREE just go along
  • Sunday all day 11.30am-3.30pm Guildhall Drop-In Jazz Art with Welsh artist Karin Mear. Listen to classic sounds on vinyl and get inspired. FREE, pop in.

You can buy BJ Posters, ‘vintage’ collage posters, BJ Books, branded water holders, and T shirts. Also last minute tickets. All at Bobbins in the High Street, Tel. 01874 622287 (Jenny Smart) or can order:

All visitors: the Guildhall ‘FESTIVAL OFFICE’ is your contact and info point – Weekend Ticketholders please get your badges here (if rushed, venue teams will have lists). NB unoccupied seats will be sold 5-10 mins before the performance begins.

This is our final mailing before the weekend Brecon Jazz Festival Weekend 2019. Download programme now available – HERE.

LIANE CARROLL SOLO  (‘vocals, keys, stories, and much more’) leads a charitable ‘SIDE BY SIDE’ fundraiser concert in aid of HUMANITARIAN AID TO REFUGEES: Friday 9th August, 6.00-7.15pm at St Marys Stage. Tickets £15. Not to be missed!  TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FRIDAY  HERE

Festival update from the organisers

  • Don’t miss the opening programme of jazz on Friday 9 August, beginning with the Brecon Town Concert Band at St Mary’s Church from just before 12 noon, then Jazz Trio, Ukes Jazz and Junior Jazz concert, until 5pm.
  • There will also be a free Swing Dance class on Saturday (at St Mary’s) with free daytime drop-in Jazz-Music-Art sessions on Sunday (Guildhall).

Summary of programme for Brecon Jazz 2019

Starting from Friday, through Sat and Sun (9/10/11 August) :

  • Talk by international guitarist Maciek Pysz (Fri 1pm Ty Helyg)
  • Samantha Wright clarinet Quintet (Fri 2.15pm Muse Arts)
  • Liane Carroll (solo) fundraiser for Side by Side with Refugees (Fri 6pm St Mary’s)
  • Steve Waterman’s Festival Big Band (Friday 8.30pm [meal 7.30] Castle Hotel)
  • Gentle Jazz: Siriol & Talfan Jenkins (‘not the big band’ option) (Fri 8pm Ty Helyg)
  • Maciek Pysz/Gerard Cousins (guitars) /Paula Gardiner concert (Sat 12.00, Wellington)
  • Alice Leggett (alto sax) Quartet (Sat 1.30pm Guildhall)
  • Ellington Set Quartet: Gareth Roberts (trombone) (Sat 3.15pm Wellington)
  • Barbara Dennerlein Hammond Organ Trio / Kumar Chopra, Alex Burch (guitar, drums) (Sat 5.00pm Guildhall)
  • Scott Hamilton Quartet with John Pearce piano (Sat 8.00pm Guildhall)
  • Frazer Nelson Trio (Sun 12.00pm Ty Helyg) – and also 3 options:
  • Ocaso with voc. Inês Castillo (Sun 12.00pm Castle Ballroom)
  • Ross Stanley Trio (Sun 12.15pm Muse Arts)
  • Gethin Liddington’s (‘swing’) Goodkatz (Sun 12.15pm Wellington)
  • Karen Sharp Qtet /Nikki Iles (tenor sax/piano) Dave Green, Steve Brown (d.bass/drums) (Sunday 2pm Guildhall)
  • Gypsy Jazz legends Stochelo & Mozes Rosenberg, Chris Quinn (guitars) Christiaan von Hemert (violin) Arnoud Van Den Berg (d.bass) (Sun 4pm Theatr Brycheiniog)
  • Rory Ingham (trombone/vibes/sax) Quintet (Sun 6.30pm St Mary’s Church)
  • Celtic Jazz Quartet (sax/piano/vocals/violin) Wales & Ireland (Sun 815pm
  • Wellington)


Stochelo Rosenberg Dutch Quintette

The Brecon Jazz team are collaborating with North Wales Jazz and Theatr Brycheiniog to bring this unique show to the Festival.  The famous “gypsy jazz” Rosenberg brothers will be joined by their outstanding violinist Christiaan van Hermert, bassist Arnaud van den Berg and UK guitarist Chris Quinn at Theatre Brycheiniog on Sunday afternoon, 11 August.

More details will be available shortly.

Weekend and day tickets for the Festival will soon be available as well as special offers for members.

Scott Hamilton Quartet returns to Brecon

We are delighted to hear that the the famous American tenor sax player will be bringing his UK band to Brecon for a performance at the Guildhall on Saturday night, 10th August.   The Quartet will consist of  John Pearce on piano, Dave Green on bass and Steve Brown on drums.  Scott says he is thrilled to be returning to one of his favorite summer jazz festival events.