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The Jazz Club stepped forward in 2015/16 when the commercial operators withdrew from the Jazz Festival, and for a while, it looked as though the Festival might not continue. After much frantic planning and fundraising everything went ahead anyway (although on a slightly smaller scale) in 2016 and 2017, ensuring an unbroken profile since 1984.We now offer a menu of (around 25) concerts, workshops and interesting activities centred on the splendid centre of town Guildhall Theatre, with two more key town venues, an iconic ‘jazz festival’ space, the Castle Ballroom, and one new in the community and music network space, the Muse, used for great music and workshops:
• Friday evening, Castle Hotel Ballroom – Big Band, vocals, dancing – to open the weekend• Saturday evening highlight : Vocal headline and Wales-UK sounds of jazz lineup(Guildhall) and (St Marys);• Sunday evening highlight : Award-winning rising stars of the horns; special guest (Guildhall) and (St Marys);There are usually workshops for all ages and levels, in guitar, voice, percussion, and general music-making for all, a potential film screening and discussion, and exhibitions on music and social contexts around jazz.
Full details tend to get released at the last minute, subject to funding outcomes. You know be the first to know if on our mailing list though. Stakeholders in Brecon and the Jazz community are working together to build on the positive partnerships established over the last four years, and to help develop the Festival, which remains acknowledged as unique in the Jazz calendar.