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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).

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.

Helena, who sold Welsh Cakes at Brecon Jazz dies at 101 years

A centenarian who sold welsh cakes for charity at Brecon Jazz every year has died as she approached her 102nd birthday in August. Retired teacher and farmer, Helena Jones, became the oldest person to compete at the National Eidsteddfod, having learnt Welsh aged 90. She also took part in the Hay Festival aged 101. She received a BEM this year following her induction into the Gorsedd of the Bards in August of last year. She will be remembered by all who knew her for her energy and love of learning.

Festival Workshops Programme

Workshops programme is now available at

Message from the organisers who will be emailing “Weekenders” about their choices:

Please note that Friday afternoon has 3 items (2 workshops and one small performance) – these are for FOBJ members’ first choice – a choice of one of these on Friday is already included in the FoBJ weekender ticket. These sessions and all workshops have a ticket price, as shown.”


Weekender Ticket entitlement

Friends who have bought Weekender tickets will be contacted this week by the organisers to advise their meal choice and small venue options for the Friday. Weekend tickets cover everything except the charity concert (Ian Shaw) which is a fundraiser (tickets £14), the late eve Market Hall (£5 entry for jazzers) on Saturday, or the workshops. Apart from these, Weekenders are entitled to attend all the Jazz concert events from Friday to Sunday over the weekend, provided they arrive in enough time at the smaller venues with limited capacity. Please note that because some concerts in which Weekenders have places are now SOLD OUT, to help the organisers, please let them know if there are any events YOU WILL NOT BE ATTENDING so they can make those places available to others. Contact  Many thanks