PREVIOUS FESTIVALS – @Brecon Jazz Club-Monthly & Festival 2024-25
 

PREVIOUS FESTIVALS

Every year is special for Brecon Jazz Festival – and 2018 was no different – which which has now celebrated its 35th year. 2016 & 2017 were also special as these were the moments of its reinvention. A group of local partners came together (through the now lead organisaton BRECON JAZZ CLUB MUSIC TRUST & FESTIVAL) in order to plan a more community-led Festival, perhaps a little smaller in scale but not in imagination. It has been a learning journey, taking elements from the past – iconic spaces, a mix of headlines, street scene, social and folk activities, indoor and outdoor venues – and the features of the present. With fewer financial resources, we are making more use of our friends, networks and people, drawing on talent near to hand – or returning – helping us to reimagine a connected festival and weekend of celebration.

The jazz club (as lead Music Curator & Promoter) has also been instrumental in curating special lineups and in drawing together, combining established and new talents, which you will find here. As Tina May observed in 2016, these special ensembles have not been seen or heard together before. Thus something new emerges from this artistic/organisational collaborative process.
So too, the contemporary need not just for ‘celebration’ and ‘festivity’ in the summer calendar but for ‘wellbeing’, and its importance in our artistic, cultural, professional as well as family or personal life is recognised.

A special series of workshops gently helped us all to move on and to walk forward together, invited by the jazz club and led by musician and a music therapist. In 2015 and again in 2016 Brecon Town Council met to agree its ongoing support for a Jazz Festival despite some past difficulties of operation. By new year, a group had formed and was meeting regularly. It comprised a wide range of representatives, from places and spaces, businesses, arts and civic groups, funders and stakeholders, and Friends of Brecon Jazz, a national organisation specifically in support of the Festival.

Upcoming Events
09/08/2024 TATIANA EVA-MARIE VOCALS & SWING QUARTET: Sat 10th Aug 12.00pm @ 10th 12pm Cathedral Brecon
09/08/2024 THE MINGUS PROJECT: Fri 9th Aug 8.30pm  @ 9th 8.30pm Castle Hotel
09/08/2024 DIONNE BENNETT & GREG STERLAND QUINTET:Fri 9th 6.30pm @ 9th 6.30pm Castle Hotel
09/08/2024 URSULA HARRISON QUARTET: Fri 9th Aug, 4pm @ 9th 4pm Muse Arts
09/08/2024 ZACH BRESKAL TRIO plus Special Guest, Fri 9th Aug 1.00pm @ 9th 1pm Muse Arts
10/08/2024 10th 7.15pm Guildhall
10/08/2024 THE DYLAN THOMAS JAZZ SUITE:Sat 10th Aug  5pm @ 10th 5pm Guildhall

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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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