Category Archives: Brecon Jazz Festival

More programme and ticket information from Brecon Jazz Festival organisers:

“A limited number of Weekend Ticket Passes @ £135 each are now available and cover the whole weekend – from afternoon on Friday to Sunday evening inclusive. If you want the whole package, click the booking link on the Festival website,

The Jazz Weekend begins on Friday afternoon –

FRIDAY – 10th August

  • Friday afternoon sees several smaller jazz events at central venues
  • Friday evening is the FESTIVAL BIG BAND (16 piece) Vocals, Dancing, Meal at the Castle Hotel. Full evening with guest band leader and musical Director Gareth Roberts, outstanding soloists & players, in two sets. An evening Castle Hotel meal – one hot plate dish – is included in the ticket, with veggie/vegan & gluten-free options. We will make contact nearer the time to check. It is possible to opt out of the meal by special request when booking.

For Friday Big Band only BOOK through

Friday will also include a separately priced and ticketed CHARITY CONCERT event featuring well-known solo jazz musician and fundraiser event in support of Refugee Charity ‘Side by Side’. Details to be released very soon.

SATURDAY – 11th August

5 concerts from 2pm to 10pm –

  • MANCHESTER JAZZ CONNECTION featuring Artephis, Untold Orchestra players & more
  • TOM SMITH (horn) SEPTET feat. Alex Hitchcock, Alistair Martin, Olli Martin, Will Barry
  • New Concert to be announced shortly
  • MAITE HONTELE’S ‘SOUNDS OF CUBA’ with Eliane Correa and 5 piece Cuban ensemble
  • SOUTH AFRICAN JAZZ RHYTHMS with Byron Waller, Josephine Davies, Adam Glasser, plus
    • Rob Luft, Daisy George, Corrie Dick, incl. tribute to Hugh Masekela

All above are full, 75-minute curated concerts of leading names and starring lineups.

There will also be late evening music, as well as daytime & street entertainment.

SUNDAY – 12th August

6 concerts from 12 noon to 10pm

  • ELAINE DELMAR QUINTET with Barry Green, Jim Mullen, Simon Thorpe, Bobby Worth
  • JOSEPHINE DAVIES (tenor sax) ‘SATORI’ Trio, with Dave Whitford and James Maddren
  • JIM HART’s (vibes) ‘CLOUDMAKERS TRIO’ with Michael Janisch, Dave Smith
  • COOL & SWINGING JAZZ ENSEMBLE with Jarda Stanstny, Rod Paton and Friends.
  • TWO more concerts to be announced.

All above are full, 75-minute curated concerts of leading talents and names.

All Pre-Launch Tickets are now on sale at

As well as the ‘ALL WEEKEND PASS’ there is also a ‘50% Discount’ Card covering any THREE events over Saturday or Sunday. The Discount card costs £25 per adult or £10 child/young person – these need to be purchased first then a 50% discount is applied to any THREE of your concert choices for Sat-Sun. Choices cover all our big headline shows on Saturday & Sunday (excludes Friday). Remember to buy the card first.

The Festival ‘ALL WEEKEND’ PASS (Fri-Sun) and the DISCOUNT 50% (Sat-Sun) Card are available now via our online box office at

Friday’s Big Band concert, directed by Gareth Roberts, features a full evening’s programme with interval, a hot meal, plus jive/swing dancing included in the £135 Weekend ticket. Tickets for the Big Band on Friday can also be purchased individually @ £35 per person, and ordered alongside other concert bookings. The Discount 50% Sat/Sun card can be ordered here – AND REMEMBER, THERE ARE NO BOOKING FEES OR ADD ONS – the price you see is the price you pay.

VENUES: Castle Hotel / Guildhall / St Marys Church / Wellington Hotel / Muse Arts /

LINEUPS: The BJF2018 jazz programme includes 12 ticketed concerts, and there will be workshops too, with more than 20 further Jazz Fringe and other free events during the weekend. All ‘Weekend’ concerts take place in our five central venues and none clash.

You don’t need to be a ‘jazz buff’ or a musician…something for every taste can be found at Brecon Jazz this year! More great lineups to be announced (& will be included in the WEEKEND, DAY TICKETS & DISCOUNT OPTIONS).

The pre-launch programme at gives individual shows and prices, with more details to come. We don’t think you will be disappointed with our full programme and accessible pricing when announced – therefore we are making a special offer of £135 for the whole weekend.

TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE FROM ‘BOBBINS’ (Brecon Town Centre) 6 Bulwark, LD3 7LB, PH. 01874 622287.”


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 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.


Brecon Jazz Festival 2016

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