South African piano legend Abdullah Ibrahim, Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango and the Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem will headline the 2009 Brecon Jazz Festival from August 7 to 9.Festival favourite Courtney Pine will also return to perform his new album inspired by Sidney Bechet, Tradition in Transition.
There will be 25 concerts over the weekend, which will also feature free family events - Fireworks on Friday, a Jazz Carnival parade on Saturday, and the Jazz Service on Sunday.
The Festival will be held in three central venues – Theatr Brycheiniog's 800-seater concert hall, its cafe, and Brecon Cathedral.
Festival director Peter Florence said: "Brecon'll be different this year, and very different next year. It's a huge adventure, and we're deeply grateful to everyone who's been so supportive and encouraging."The full festival programme will be launched in mid-June - details will be posted on the new Brecon Jazz website at www.breconjazz.orgBrecon Jazz is produced by Hay Festival, and funded by The Arts Council of Wales.The ACW had initially planned to relaunch the festival in 2010 after the previous organising company ceased trading.But it revised its plans following widespread public concern that there should be no "gap year".Read more on the BBC News website.