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

Monday, September 28, 2009

Jazz Connection playlist 28 September 2009

Here's what I played on the Jazz Connection on Monday 28 September on Radio Cardiff:

Kylie Auldist – Made of Stone
Dominic Norcross Quartet – Quick, Hide
Kitty Bevan Duo – If I Were a Bell
Abram Wilson – Snake in the Grass
George Benson – Living in High Definition
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club – Buena Vista Social Club (Live)
Yasmin Levy – El Amor Contigo (Loving You)
Will Butterworth – Stella by Starlight
Jazz ExTempore Orchestra – Café Calypso
Curtis & Phelps – What Are You Feeling
Kevin Figes Quartet – The Grind

The Jazz Connection goes out every Monday at 8pm - tune in on 98.7 FM or watch and listen live online at www.radiocardiff.org

Digby's gig for Melly sculpture appeal

Digby Fairweather will be playing a special concert at Brecon Cathedral on Saturday 28 November to raise funds for the George Melly Sculpture Appeal.

One of the UK's leading trumpeters, Digby will be supported by supported by Mike Britton on guitar, John Gibbons on drums and Clive Morton on bass.

The concert will be followed by an aftershow party including a buffet, wine and live music from Mike Markey and Nick Jones.

Tickets cost £11 for the concert and £25 for the concert and party, available by telephone on 01874 712016.

The George Melly Sculpture Appeal was launched at the 2008 Brecon Jazz Festival to commission a permanent memorial to the man who supported the event from its earliest days until his death in July 2007.

See www.georgemellysculpture.org.uk for details.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Globe appeal against loss of licence

A music promoter is to appeal after Cardiff Council revoked the live music licence from one of the city's top venues.

The authority's licensing committee took the action against The Globe in Albany Road, Roath, following complaints from local residents about the level of noise.

The Globe recently hosted the inaugural Cardiff Jazz Awards and has staged gigs by the Average White Band, Acoustic Ladyland, Tim Kliphuis, the Root Doctors, the Amigos and Top Shelf Jazz.

The former cinema was reopened last year as a 300-seater music venue by Alan Jones, a former member of 60's chart toppers Amen Corner.

Mr Jones told the BBC he'd spent thousands of pounds trying to insulate the building to prevent any noise pollution, and added that the work is continuing.

"It's proved to be a successful venture. It's an eclectic programme of music that appeals to everyone from 18 to 60. It's diverse in its appeal and has been trouble free," said Mr Jones.

"We've had two complainants, local residents, one at the front and one behind the venue," he added.

"We're undertaking the work to avoid the problem. Essentially, it's insulation for the building. We had hoped they would extend the time to allow us to finish."

A spokeswoman for Cardiff Council confirmed that the licensing committee had revoked the licence last Friday during a meeting at City Hall. She was unable to say how the long the appeal to the city's Magistrates would take.

In the meantime, gigs at the Globe will continue, with acts including Wishbone Ash and Curved Air booked for concerts this autumn.

Read more on the BBC News website - for details of gigs at the venue see www.theglobecardiff.com.

Jazz Connection playlist 21 September 2009

Here's what I played on the Jazz Connection on Monday 21 September on Radio Cardiff:

Down To The Bone ft Roy Ayers – Good To Me
Jacqui Dankworth – Underline Our Love
Osian Roberts/Steve Fishwick Quintet – The Knife
Kenny Dorham – Afrodisia
Perfect Pitch ft Peter King – Body and Soul
Yaron Herman Trio – Lamidbar
Mahala Rai Banda – Hora Din Mahala
Tony Bennett/Bill Evans – Waltz for Debby (alternate take)
5 Go Swing – I'll See You In My Dreams
Lynn Taitt – Bog Walk

The Jazz Connection goes out every Monday at 8pm on Radio Cardiff - tune in on 98.7 FM or watch and listen live online at www.radiocardiff.org

Monday, September 14, 2009

Jazz Connection playlist 14 September 2009

Here's what I played on the Jazz Connection on Monday 14 September on Radio Cardiff:

London Jazz 4 - Things We Said Today
Randa and the Soul Kingdom – Not Gonna Let You
Michael Janisch – Love Is a Many Splendoured Thing
Portico Quartet – Paper Scissors Stone
Breakestra – No Matter Where You Go
John Paul Gard – Les is Mo
Threeway – Crystal Morning
BBQ (Brownfield Byrne Quartet) – Split Kick
EST – Seven Days of Falling
Ian Shaw – If Love Were All
Top Shelf Jazz – Puttin' on the Ritz
Coltrane Dedication Band – Mr PC

The Jazz Connection goes out every Monday night at 8pm on Radio Cardiff - tune in on 98.7 FM or watch and listen live online at www.radiocardiff.org

Monday, September 07, 2009

Jazz Connection playlist 7 September 2009

Here's what I played on the Jazz Connection on Monday 7 September on Radio Cardiff:

Pee Wee Ellis – Chicken
Bluesy Susie – Don't Know Why
Stefon Harris and Blackout – Gone
Gilad Atzmon – What Is This Thing Called Love
Wonderbrass – Dunkin' With Rich T
John Etheridge Sweet Chorus – When You're Smiling
George Benson – Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
Colosseum – Beware the Ides of March
Claire Martin – Love Is Real
Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band – Buona Sera
Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces

Tune in every Monday at 8pm on 98.7 FM or watch and listen live online at www.radiocardiff.org

Friday, September 04, 2009

Jazz For Fun at the Norwegian Church

Beverley Gough is hosting an introductory course for musicians who are new to jazz, swing and blues at the Norwegian Church Arts Centre in Cardiff Bay from September.

The workshops are for people who are interested in learning swing rhythm, and basic jazz and blues improvisation. It's open to all instruments and all ages.

The course is designed to make playing in a group a fun and enjoyable experience, and to learn some new skills too.

Music reading will be needed on the course, but can be taught to those who are not familiar with reading.

The first workshop takes place on Tuesday 29 September from 7 till 9pm - cost £10 or £6 for under 16s, unwaged, tax credits, and over 60s.

Email Beverley on saxforfun @ gmail.com to book your place.

Click here to see Bev teach the saxophone to Mal Pope of BBC Radio Wales.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Pee Wee leads a Never Ending Song in Cardiff

Pee Wee Ellis will lead the Cardiff leg on Wednesday 9 September of the Never Ending Song being performed at Pizza Express restaurants around the UK next week.

The tenor saxphonist best known for his time in James Brown's band will be joined by leading lights of the south Wales jazz scene including Glen Manby, Gareth Roberts, Paula Gardiner, Paul Jones, Jonny Bruce and Lara James.

They'll be taking part in the challenge to keep a specially composed 12 bar blues going non-stop for 168 hours across seven cities and 1,100 miles from Tuesday 8 to Sunday 13 September.

The band will perform two sets from 5 till 7pm and 7.30 till 10.30pm at the High Street branch of Pizza Express near Cardiff Castle.

All are welcome to book a table to see the gig but please note it's not an open jam session - there'll be opportunities for everyone to get involved in busking sessions in Cardiff during the day.

See www.neverendingsong.co.uk for more information.