Jazz in Wales

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Thursday, June 07, 2012

Roy Ayers, Dionne Warwick and Ginger Baker for Brecon Jazz

A programme of 22 concerts has been unveiled for a new look Brecon Jazz Festival running from 10 to 12 August 2012. 

Roy Ayers, Dionne Warwick and Ginger Baker are among the big names signed up within a matter of weeks after Cardiff-based promoters Orchard were given the job of staging this year's festival. 

Claire Martin, Neil Cowley, Lighthouse, Soweto Kinch, and a tribute to Thelonious Monk by Stan Tracey and Bobby Wellins are also included in a line-up put together with advice from artist-in-residence Huw Warren. 

Orchard director Pablo Janczur said: "We aimed to recover the Mojo that people feel Brecon has lost in recent years, and hopefully we've put together a bill that is attractive to both a local audience in Wales and to the legions of travelling fans who have made Brecon Jazz such a special, and economically beneficial event over the years. 

"Given the time constraints, 2012 was always going to be an interim year, but we have well over 20 gigs in the classic Brecon town venues, with colour and atmosphere returning to the streets of this beautiful part of Wales." 

Venues include Theatr Brycheiniog, the Market Hall and the Guildhall, with workshops at Christ College.

See breconjazz.com for the full line up and the BBC News website for more about the festival. 

Meanwhile the Brecon Fringe will start on Thursday 9 August 2012 offering hundreds of gigs at more than 30 pubs and clubs around the town - see www.breconfringe.co.uk for details.


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