WORKSHOPS – @Brecon Jazz Club-Monthly & Festival 2024-25

WORKSHOPS – @Brecon Jazz Club-Monthly & Festival 2024-25

Fri 10th – Sun 12th Aug 2018


We are running seven popular workshops, talks, dance, and practical sessions over the whole Festival weekend this year. There is a choice of sessions at various central venues, lasting between 60 and 90 minutes. Book in advance to ensure your place.
FRIDAY – 10th August, Starting at 2:15pm to 3:15pm Tickets £8 Note: Free with Weekend & Day Tickets – subject to pre-booking.
1. SWING DANCE PRACTICAL 2.15pm @ the MUSE suitable for all including beginners, led by experts Graeme & Ann from Hoppin’ Mad. If you like Swing and Jazz, come along and learn how to dance to it! It’s great fun and they make it easy to learn simple steps to get you up and running. Please wear flat shoes & comfortable clothing. Finishes approx 3.15pm, £8.
2. UNDERSTANDING JAZZ 2.15pm ‘Seven Steps to Heaven’ An illustrated talk on the inner meanings of the jazz style by Dr Rod Paton at the GUILDHALL Civic Room. Fascinating, informative and fun. Finishes approx 3.15pm, £8.

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS – 11TH AUG starting at 12 noon £10 each
3. GUITAR WORKSHOP & MASTERCLASS 12 noon: PRACTICAL insight & Demonstration of technique with leading jazz guitarist and improviser Trefor Owen, Guildhall Civic Room. The session is suitable for all levels, but students should have some facility on their instrument. Material discussed will be accompanied with printouts which can be taken away for further study. From 12:00pm to 1:30/45pm, £10.
4. JAZZ HARMONICA (2 PARTS) 12 noon: TALK & PRACTICAL with Adam Glasser, Wellington Suite. Harmonicas for sale and experimentation for an additional £15 or bring your own harmonica, but it must be chromatic. An introduction to the fascinating World of Jazz Harmonica (talk and practical) from a leading exponent and an opportunity to learn to play instant jazz harmonica. Harmonicas to play or to purchase if wished (£15). From 12:00pm to 1:45pm, £10.
5. SWING DANCE PRACTICAL 2.30pm – suitable for all, learn with Hoppin Mad at St Mary’s Stage with the experts. Graeme & Ann from Hoppin’ Mad take you through the steps – a great chance not to be missed. Please bring flat shoes & comfortable clothing. From 2.30-3.30pm, £10.

SUNDAY – 12TH AUG starting at 12 noon. Note these run in parallel with MUSE events 12noon-2pm
6. LATIN IMPROVISATION MY WAY, 12 noon £6: TALK by Maite Hontelé from 12-12.50pm (50 min max), Guildhall Civic Room. Maite talks about her vision on how to improvise in Latin music. It will be a relaxed talk with room for questions and discussion. [Please note that this session ends at 12.50 pm promptly], £6.
7 JAZZ IMPROVISATION PRACTICAL WORKSHOP, 12 noon £10 – Jazz Improvisation Made Easy with Rod Paton from 12.-1.45 (approx 100 mins). Wellington Hotel Suite.This workshop will offer a new approach to the art of jazz improvisation for instrumentalists and vocalists. Any player or singer from basic to advanced skill level is welcome – including bass players and drummers. You will need to bring your own instruments apart from piano/keyboard. From 12 to 1.45pm, £10.

You don’t need to be a ‘jazz buff’ or a musician…something for every taste can be found at Brecon Jazz this year! More great lineups (& are included in the WEEKEND, DAY TICKETS & DISCOUNT OPTIONS).
We are making a special offer of £55 for the Sunday – Day Ticket

TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE FROM ‘BOBBINS’ (Brecon Town Centre) 6 Bulwark, LD3 7LB, PH. 01874 622287.


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