Brecon Jazz 2013 Hosts Best Of Contemporary Jazz


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The stunning Brecon Beacons in the heart of Wales will resonate to the sound of some of the very best in contemporary jazz as Brecon Jazz returns on the weekend of the 9th-11th August with a stellar line-up to suit a broad range of tastes.

Saxophonist Courtney Pine presents his House of Legends band at the Market Hall on Friday evening while another unique talent, saxophonist/author/agent provocateur Gilad Atzmon leads The Orient House Ensemble on the Chapter Stage at Brecon Cathedral.

This year’s Artist-in-Residence, pianist Huw Warren appears with Italian singer Maria Pia de Vito on Saturday afternoon in what promises to be an absorbing meeting of two singular talents. The pair will also give a Master Class in Christ College on Sunday. Later in the afternoon Warren teams up with exciting New York drummer Jim Black, in what is sure to be a must see gig.

Other highlights include trumpeter Nils Petter Molaver and Biosphere, pianist Zoe Rahman’s Quartet, Jason Rebello , the Julian Siegel Quartet, the John Surman Trio, The Impossible Gentlemen, Phronesis, singer Ian Shaw and trio, Django Bates’ Beloved, guitarist extraordinaire Martin Taylor & saxophonist Alan Barnes and the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

For those with a liking for trad, the legendary Mr. Acker Bilk will put his Paramount Jazz Band through its paces—and not for the first time—on Sunday in a lunchtime concert at Theatr Brycheiniog.

A major highlight of Brecon Jazz is sure to be the performance of Quercus on Sunday evening. The trio of Huw Warren, saxophonist Iain Ballamy and singer June Tabor has been together on and off since 2005 and its first album, a marriage of folk and jazz, was released on the ECM label to universally positive reviews earlier this year.

There’s plenty more going on throughout Brecon during three action-packed days including a special Jazz Festival Service in Brecon Cathedral on the Sunday morning, and for the late night brigade DJ Jazzman Gerald will rock the Jazz Club@Brecon on Friday night.

Brecon Jazz 2013 promises to be an exciting and fun celebration of the very best in jazz!

All programme and ticket information is available on the festival website.

For further information, please contact: Tim Powell at

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