BARBARA DENNERLEIN TRIO – Sat 10th Aug 5.00pm-6.15pm at GUILDHALL THEATRE (advance £26, standard £28)

LINEUP: Barbara Dennerlein Hammond-B3 Organ / Kumar Chopra guitar / Alex Burch drums

Barbara Dennerlein: Any mention of the Jazz Hammond Organ, Barabara Dennerlein’s name will come up along with artists such as Jimmy Smith, Joey Defrancesco, Rhoda Scott, Jack McDuff, Shirly Scott et al. We are delighted therefore that Barbara now based in her native city of Munich has agreed to come and play for us in Brecon for the first time. She has achieved particular critical acclaim for using the bass pedalboard on a Hammond organ, and for integrating synthesizer sounds onto the instrument, and is one the most interesting jazz organist to emerge on the international jazz scene.

It is an awe-inspiring experience to watch Barbara live on stage. She is familiar with large international festival stages and intimate clubs alike. A list of venues where she has wowed audiences is as varied as it is long: the Blue Note and the Sweet Basil in New York, Ronnie Scott’s Club and the Jazz Café in London and the Blue Note in Tokyo; Philadelphia, Berkley, San Diego; the Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, and Victoria jazz festivals; European festivals in The Hague, the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland, the Molde Jazz in Norway, the Arhus Jazz Festival in Denmark, the Maastricht-Kortrijk Festival in Belgium, the Vitoria Festival de Jazz in Spain. Now in Brecon – Not to be missed!! Clip from 2019 below:


Swing, bebop, blues, soul, latin and funk – for Barbara there are no rigid boundaries, only fluid transitions. Audiences are captivated by her talent, her absolute mastery of the instrument, her taste, and not least, her warm personality. The original Hammond B3, and the later models it would seem, is a seamless extension of herself. She understands better than anyone how to exploit her instrument to the full, creating a sound and a musical style that is unmistakably “Dennerlein”. Her brilliant technique has breathed new life into the venerable Hammond organ design, an instrument long neglected in modern jazz. She can rightfully claim to have utilized developments in Hammond-Suzuki technology and paved the way for the organ’s current renaissance in jazz.

The Trio is supported brilliantly by some of the brightest talents coming out of the jazz scene in South Wales, Kumar Chopra and Alex Burch.

Kumar Chopra is a rising young jazz talent and guitarist based in Cardiff. Born in London, to an Irish mother and an Indian father,  Kumar was exposed to a wide range of music including reggae, Irish folk, hip hop and blues from an early age. He completed a degree in Jazz music from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Kumar’s unique style is heavily influenced by the blues with hints of jazz players such as Barney Kessel, Wes Montgomery and Grant Green. He leads his own band, Ghost Igloo, and is also in demand as an admired soloist in many other lineups.

Alex Burch is a professional jazz drummer based in Cardiff. At the age of 18 Alex took a particular interest in jazz music and went on to study at The Royal Welsh College of music and Drama on the Jazz performance course. Alex has earned a distinctive and very strong reputation as a very exciting drummer, and he often partners with Kumar Chopra in lineups, where they have developed a very special rapport. Some of Alex’s greatest influences include Ben Riley, Shelley Manne, Roy Haynes and Thelonious Monk.

Note: Barbara will be playing the latest modern Hammond-Suzuki instrument with 25 note bass pedals, based on the original blueprints and diagrams of the classic B3 instrument, and routed through vintage Leslie cabinets.

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