FESTIVAL 2024 PROGRAMME RELEASED 4th to 18th AUGUST Shows From: Only £12.50pp – @Brecon Jazz Club-Monthly & Festival 2024-25

FESTIVAL 2024 PROGRAMME RELEASED 4th to 18th AUGUST Shows From: Only £12.50pp


BRECON JAZZ 40th Anniversary: Sun 4th – Sun 18th Aug 2024

Rising stars of the Welsh and UK jazz scene, in collaboration with jazz names and special return visits, plus international artists mark the 41st year of this annual celebration of Jazz in Brecon 2024.      DOWNLOAD PROGRAMME HERE>

Two leading names from different genres of the jazz spectrum, Geoff Eales and Eliane Correa, join us in Brecon with special lineups for a return visit and 40th year party this August. Geoff’s performance (Sat 10th August) will showcase a collaboration with two outstanding Welsh instrumentalists, while Eliane brings her UK Cuban quintet to once again light up the stage (Sunday 11th August).

Over the weekend’s programme (9th-11th) these guest artists will rub shoulders with many of Wales best talents: Ursula Harrison and Zach Breskal, Liz Exell, John Close, Tiggy Blackwell, N’famady Kouyaté, Cameron Saint’s 8-piece Mingus Project, Glen Manby, Rachel Starritt, Siglo Section big band, Dionne Bennett, Dick Hamer (Jenny Jones / Jazz Passengers), and also with some of Bristol’s most notable names, Ruth & Scott Hammond, Chris Cobbson & Baraka, Greg Sterling, Andy Hague (on Sunday 4th/Friday 9th August).

Meanwhile, UK rising name Rosie Frater-Taylor brings her Quintet lineup to BJF2024 on the ‘Mindset’ stage (Sunday 11th) and from further afield, US visiting guitarist and Berklee Professor Steven Kirby features in two concerts (9th & 11th), while New York-based vocalist Tatiana Eva-Marie joins a swing Trio to put lyrics to the music of Django Reinhardt in a lunchtime concert (10th August) at Brecon Cathedral.

A very special Saturday evening (10th August) event will present arrangements for jazz by the late Jen Wilson of Dylan Thomas’ 12 Poems – a sextet lineup comprising some of the original performers of the work, with vocals by Margot Morgan and joined by Cris Haines on trumpet, Deborah Glenister on tenor sax, Dave Jones on piano, Paula Gardiner on guitar, Mark O’Connor, drums. (Jen Wilson, pianist, author/researcher and founder of the archive Jazz Heritage Wales). An unmissable concert and display of virtuoso yet accessible musicianship.

The classic Brecon Jazz ‘2nd weekend in August’ closes with the musical triumph that is the Fabulous Red Diesel Band performing on Sunday evening (11th August) at 9.15pm.

Jazz and Film are the themes for the 3rd Festival weekend (17-18th August) where the life and story of pianist Thelonious Monk and ‘the Baroness’ (Nica) is recounted in a film feature, partnered with music ‘of Monk’ from Geoff Eales and bassist Ashley-john Long (Sat 17th August). Saxophonist Julian Costello and his acclaimed ‘Perhaps’ Trio with Natalie Rozario are part of the musical celebration on the BJF2024 final weekend, also performing on Saturday 17th August). On the final Festival date, some of the untold events in the life of musician Django Reinhardt are documented in the first UK showing of the film, ‘Django’, followed by a celebratory performance of ‘hot club’ music from quintet Afternoon in Paris led by Susanna Warren, with Jeremy Young on guitar, and guest Mike Hatchard on piano (Sun 18th).

Check out our programme including outdoors and all venues here. The fabulous ‘Frazz’ Carnival Parade returns from 2.00 – 3.30pm Saturday and will be joined by the spectacular and very large band Wonderbrass, making a welcome return to BJF.

A limited number of Weekend Tickets & Day Passes are available – from afternoon on Friday to Sunday evening. Plus individual concert tickets prices from £13-£20 – ON SALE NOW – Click Here>

TICKETS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM: the “Country Kitchen Deli” (Town Centre, off Bulwark), Pegasus Lane, Brecon, LD3 7BH, Contact Anne 01874 611922

TicketSource also have a Telephone Enquiry Service for these shows. If you book this way there will be small fee, but they are able to post out some nice physical tickets . TS Box Office number is 0333 666 3366. DOWNLOAD PRINTED PROGRAMME HERE>



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“The beauty of Brecon is the sheer variety of music on offer, covering all jazz styles from trad to the avant garde. Also the way that the Festival takes over the whole town still makes it something truly special” Jazz Mann 2008

"Whatever your strategy, Brecon Jazz delivers, thanks to its geography and programming"John L Walters. The Guardian 2011

"Yes, it’s had its ups and downs, every bit as dramatic as the Beacons which rise above it, but the Brecon Jazz Festival has learned some tough survival skills as a result".  Peter Bacon, UK Jazz News 2018

"Virtual BJF2020 - Considering the obstacles associated with the pandemic, it was the triumph of organisation and technical expertise over limitation – so much so that while one might have wanted the real thing, its substitute may well develop a life of its own".  Nigel Jarrett, Wales Arts Review 2020

"The classic Brecon weekend is 9-11 August but there are several other excellent events around the festival this year including family jazz and dance on the first weekend and a film and jazz focus on the last". Tim Dickeson, Jazzwise 2024


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