Category Archives: Brecon Jazz Festival

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.

Return of Junior Jazz to the Festival

The organisers of Brecon Jazz Festival 2019 have announced the return of ‘JUNIOR JAZZ’ to the Festival, with a concert to be held on Friday 8 August in the town centre.

JUNIOR JAZZ is a showcase for younger performers in an end of course concert, led and directed by Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s Paula Gardiner. Paula, who is head of Jazz Studies at the College, has run this concert event for many years. It is the culmination of an intensive but fun week of teaching, coaching and rehearsing at the RWCMD in Cardiff, and will feature young musicians from the ages of 8 to 18 on stage. Festival audiences will recall these finale concerts held in Brecon in the past, and this year, in association with Paula Gardiner and her colleagues, the organisers are bringing the showcase concert back to the Festival. Tricia Keir, Head of the RWCMD’s pre-College department said they expected to feature a wide range of instrumentalists as well as vocalists, and they were all very pleased to be presenting as part of this year’s Brecon Jazz Festival.

This will be a FREE CONCERT that all can enjoy. Brecon Jazz Festival wants to show their support for what Paula and her colleagues are doing, the young players, and to give them the widest possible audience. So the free concert will be held in the town centre, as part of the afternoon Public Jazz programme, on Friday 8 August.

More details will be given nearer the time on this website. For any enquiries, please contact the BJ team by email on:

Steve Waterman to direct Friday night’s Big Band

FESTIVAL BIG BAND – Friday evening at the Castle Hotel Ballroom (Fri 9 August 2019)

We are delighted to announce that one of our top British trumpet players, STEVE WATERMAN has accepted the Festival organisers’ invitation to direct the Friday Big Band at Brecon Jazz this year. With an established reputation and as a dedicated jazz musician, composer and educationist, Steve regularly features on the UK, European and International jazz scene. He says: “I am really looking forward to directing and performing with the Festival Big Band on Friday 9th August at the Brecon Jazz Festival – and in the splendid Castle Hotel ballroom!..I’ve been working alongside the organisers Lynne & Roger to handpick an amazing group of musicians, and I’ll be bringing a selection of jazz arrangements and compositions (including my own) to showcase the talents of everyone involved”. He adds that “it will certainly produce a performance that can only be heard at this year’s festival, on Friday at the Castle at Brecon Jazz 2019!”.

The Festival organisers say it is great news that Steve Waterman is coming over, and also that last year’s Big Band Director, stellar trombonist Gareth Roberts, will join the lineup for 2019 too. Alongside Steve Waterman himself, who will feature on trumpet, will be a leading new jazz instrumentalist Charlotte Keeffe (on trumpet), alongside a dazzling set of UK and Welsh musicians including Alice Leggett (alto sax), Dan Messore (guitar), Paula Gardiner (double bass), Rebecca Nash (piano), Andrew Bain (drums), with more to be confirmed.

WEEKEND OVERVIEW : Thursday 8 August to Sunday 11 August 2019

This year – which is Brecon Jazz Festival’s 36th yearthe organisers are planning to programme from THURSDAY (8th August) in order to include a major event which will also be promoted to the town and surrounding area – a jazz orchestral work.

FRIDAY’s programme (9th August) will commence after lunchtime, from 2pm, with FREE JAZZ concerts and featuring young people, until around 4.30pm. This will be followed by another UK top name CHARITY concert at 6pm, and then the BIG BAND special at around 8-8.30pm (with meal beforehand) at the Castle Hotel.

On each of Saturday and Sunday, major concerts are planned. They will begin each weekend day at noon; the Festival will close on Sunday evening. Top UK, a number of European stars, and a leading US jazz name will be featured. More info in the weeks to follow.

VENUES this year will include the Brecon Guildhall Theatre, Castle Hotel, Wellington Hotel, Ty Helyg Guesthouse, St Marys Church, Brecon Cathedral, Theatr Brycheiniog the Muse, and we hope, the re-opened Y Gaer.

Brecon Jazz info: EMAIL: Website:

TICKETS: there will be inclusive ‘Weekender’ tickets covering 3 or 4 days, as well as Saturday and Sunday ’Day’ tickets.  FoBJ members will get a special discount which will be announced as soon as tickets are available. All concerts can also be booked individually, subject to availability.