Jazz in Wales

News about gigs, festivals, famous names, new artists and more compiled by DJ Andy Roberts in Cardiff, Wales. Send your updates to andy @ jazzinwales.co.uk

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Before Freedom - Swansea - May 12

Women in Jazz Swansea present a performance of live music and images telling the true story of slavery in Wales.

Before Freedom can be seen at Swansea Museum on Saturday 12 May - doors 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Tickets at £10 are available from the Museum now - phone 01792 653763 to book.

See www.womeninjazzswansea.org.uk for more about their work.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Andy Maule

From the Cardiff Jazz Society website at www.cardiffjazz.org

"Cardiff Jazz Society is sad to hear of the passing away of local guitarist and composer Andy Maule.

"Valleys born but long a Cardiff resident, Andy will best be remembered for his virtuosity on the fretboard with his band Strange Fruit.

"He also featured in a long-running lunchtime residency at Cafe Jazz with violinist Billy Thompson.

"Although Andy had not appeared in public performance for several years due to a long illness, he continued to compose music for television and film.

"Andy is survived by his wife Helen."

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

BBC Jazz in Wales - new website

We've just launched a new section of the BBC website devoted to Jazz in Wales.

Check out bbc.co.uk/jazzinwales for artist profiles, a venue guide, festival features and more.

Get in touch if you want your band or venue included on the site by emailing jazzinwales @ bbc.co.uk

Monday, April 16, 2007

LiveJazz @ Brazz

The Brazz bar and brasserie at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay is launching a free programme of live jazz on Wednesday evenings, 6.30pm-8.30pm.

First up on April 18 is the Paul Jones Duo, followed by the Julian Martin Duo on May 2, with Paul Jones back on May 16. Initially gigs will take place on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, but other dates may be added.

To launch LiveJazz @ Brazz, the restaurant is offering a complimentary platter for anyone ordering drinks at the Brazz bar - no booking required. The all-day menu is also available if you want to book dinner.

For more information call Brazz on 029 2045 9000 or see the website at

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Jazzin' Llangollen - May 11 to 13

Claire Martin, Acoustic Ladyland and Joanna Macgregor are among the attractions at a new jazz festival taking place in Llangollen from May 11 to 13.

Jazzin' Llangollen has been programmed by artistic director Huw Warren, who'll also be appearing in a range of guises including his band Perfect Houseplants.

The festival also features Welsh artists such as the Amigos and trumpeter Gwyn Evans, a local gospel choir and a series of masterclasses and discussions.

Gigs take place at a variety of venues including the Royal International Pavilion, the Town Hall, the Wynnstay Arms, and on the streets of Llangollen.

See the website at www.royal-pavilion.co.uk/jazz/ for full details.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Porthcawl Jazz Festival

The Grand Pavilion is the setting for the annual Porthcawl Jazz Festival from April 20 to 22.

Acker Bilk is the headline act for Friday night with Cleo Laine and John Dankworth the main attraction on Saturday.

Also featuring a range of local stars including Wayne Warlow, Dave Jones, James Chadwick, the Bridgend Big Band and more, plus a workshop with Mark Bassey.

For full details see www.porthcawl-jazz-festival.com

Jim Mullen Organ Trio with Stan Sulzmann

Ever popular guitarist Jim Mullen returns to Wales for a couple of dates with his Organ Trio with special guest saxophonist Stan Sulzmann.

  • Weds 18 April - Swansea - St James Social Club
  • Thurs 19 April - Narberth - Queens Hall

    For more details see www.jimmullenorgantrio.com