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, August 30, 2010

Jazz Connection now on Thursdays

Just a reminder that the Jazz Connection on Radio Cardiff is moving to Thursday nights.

Due to a last minute change of plan the switch now takes place next week with the next show going out on Thursday 9 September 2010.

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

Torfaen Jazz on the move

Torfaen Jazz Society is moving its Friday night sessions to the Open Hearth pub in Sebastopol near Pontypool.

They've decided to leave the nearby Sebastopol Social Club after many years due to a lack of atmosphere and uncertainty over whether the bar would be open.

The Open Hearth will be well known to Torfaen Jazz regulars as a venue for its weekend jazz festivals.

See www.torfaenjazz.org.uk for details of upcoming gigs.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Pembrokeshire Jazz'n'Blues 2010

The seventh annual Pembrokeshire Jazz'n'Blues Festival takes places over the Bank Holiday weekend of 26 to 30 August 2010.

Laura Collins, Arun Ghosh, 5 Go Swing, Nik Turner, Mike Markey and Nick Jones are among nearly thirty acts playing various venues in and around Fishguard.

See www.aberjazz.com for full details.

Meanwhile the Spanjazz sessions continue on a monthly basis at The Dingle Club, Jesse Road, Narberth.

The resident band is led by tenorist Jim Luxton and every third month a star soloist plays with John Gibbon Trio.

On Wednesday 15 September there's a sitters-in session with the house trio, followed by the Dominic Norcross Quartet on October 13, then Henry Lowther with the John Gibbon Trio on November 3.

See www.span-arts.org.uk for updates.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Jazz Connection playlist 23 August 2010

Here's the playlist for the Jazz Connection next Monday 23 August 2010 on Radio Cardiff 98.7:

The Apples ft Fred Wesley – Howlin' with Fred
Laura Collins – Too Close For Comfort
Jim Barber Trio – Backpacker
King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys – Wake It Up Baby
Kevin Figes Quartet – The Grind
Magick Carpet – Deg Curiad (Ten Beats)
Trans Siberian March Band – Petyorshka
Hilda Bronstein – Blue Nights of Tel-Aviv (Midnight in Moscow)
Gareth Roberts Quintet – Go Stop-Go-Man
Arif Mardin ft Chaka Khan and David Sanborn - So Blue
Root Doctors – Goin' to Louisiana

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

After next week the Jazz Connection is moving to Thursday nights at 8pm, starting on September 2.

Thanks for all your support as the show enters its fourth year on Radio Cardiff, and tenth year overall.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Jazz Connection Gypsy special

As I'm still recovering from the excesses of the Brecon Jazz Festival, tonight's edition of the Jazz Connection on Radio Cardiff will be another chance to hear my gypsy jazz and klezmer special.

The show first aired earlier this year to mark the centenary of the birth of Django Reinhardt and includes a range of gypsy jazz, Balkan, klezmer and similar tunes.

Tune in at 8pm or listen live online at

NB: The reggae edition of the Jazz Connection promised for Monday 16 August will go out at a later date - the show that aired was my Welsh jazz special.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Jazz Connection Brecon preview playlist

Here's what I played on the Jazz Connection on Monday 2 August on Radio Cardiff 98.7 FM - my Brecon Jazz festival preview show:

Dave Stapleton Quintet – Wig Wag
Nostalgia 77 – Stop to Make a Change (Inst)
Jacqui Dankworth – Underline Our Love
Portico Quartet – Paper Scissors Stone
The Numbers Racket – Route 66
Gwilym Simcock Trio – Black Coffee
Omara Portuondo – Junto a un Cañaveral
Phronesis – Eight Hours
The Amigos – Russian Lullaby
Andy Sheppard – Bing
Acker Bilk – Buona Sera
Hugh Masekela – Happy Mama
Kyle Eastwood - Bold Changes

All the artists will be appearing at Brecon Jazz or the Brecon Fringe festivals this coming weekend.

If you missed the show you can hear it right now at www.jazz-connection.co.uk

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

See www.breconjazz.org and www.breconfringe.co.uk for more about the festivals.