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Black Mountain Jazz, Abergavenny,  club programme November 2018 - May 2019.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


From the Black Mountain Jazz website http://www.blackmountainjazz.co.uk


FRASER & THE ALIBIS
BMJ CLUB PROGRAMME
TIME / DATE
8pm
Bar opens at 7.30pm
Sunday 25th November 2018
VENUE
Melville Theatre: Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny, NP7 5UD
TICKETS
£10 Standard
£8 Friends of BMJ
Students £3 on the door
ARTIST WEBSITE
http://www.fraserandthealibis.com
London-based four piece Fraser & The Alibis play the hippest in bop, blues and boogaloo.
The line up is Fraser Smith (tenor sax), Joe Webb (organ), Harry Sankey (guitar) and Gethin Jones (drums).
Inspired by the big tenor sax sounds of Dexter Gordon and the screaming organ of Jimmy Smith, the band plays original tunes – deeply entrenched in the roots of the music.
Fraser & The Alibis features some of the most in-demand improvisers on the London scene.  They regularly appear at Ronnie Scott’s and have appeared at many other top venues and festivals.
This will be a great evening, reliving the swing music of the dance hall era, combined with the intricacies and virtuosity of later jazz movements.
An evening not to be missed!


RADIO BANSKA
BMJ CLUB PROGRAMME
TIME / DATE
8pm
Bar opens at 7.30pm
Sunday 27th January 2019
VENUE
Melville Theatre: Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny, NP7 5UD
TICKETS
£10 Standard
£8 Friends of BMJ
Students £3 on the door
WEBSITE
http://www.radiobanska.com
Radio Banska first appeared at our September 2015 wall2wall Jazz Festival, then fronted by co-founder Nina Trott on violin – Jazz Mann’s review can be found via this link.
http://www.thejazzmann.com/features/article/friday-and-saturday-at-wall2wall-jazz-festival-abergavenny-4th-and-5th-sept/
The band released its first album ‘The Balkan Courtesan’ in 2012 and has been in regular demand since then.
Since the sad death of Nina Trott in 2017, the band has ‘rebooted’ and the current line up is:
Craig Crofton (saxophone)
Dave Spencer (electric guitar)
Phil Dawson (electric guitar)
Sol Ahmed (bass0
Jon Clark (drums)
” Radio Banska are a delight of fusion jazz,essentially taking music of the Ottoman and Spanish empires and injecting it with a stiff shot of jazz rhythms to create a unique mix. A hidden gem at the festival they got a large, musically appreciative audience dancing and smiling : a rare thing in the often serious world of jazz. Catch them where you can ! ” Teignmouth Jazz Festival review.


ADAM GLASSER QUARTET
BMJ CLUB PROGRAMME
8pm
Bar opens at 7.30pm
Sunday 24th February 2019
Melville Theatre: Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny, NP7 5UD
£10 Standard
8 Friends of BMJ
Students £3 on the door
Black Mountain Jazz is excited to welcome to the Melville Theatre the Adam Glasser Quartet.
Adam Glasser’s unique harmonica sound combines his South African roots with many years immersed in the UK jazz scene – initially playing piano with his own groups and also for South Africa legends, such as Dudu Pukwana.
He was musical director for 16 years of the veteran South African vocal group, Manhattan Brothers.  This experience led to him producing their first album “Inyembezi” for EMI in 2006.
Since then, Adam has released two critically acclaimed albums of his own – “Free At First” (2010 SAMA Best Modern Jazz Album) and “Mzansi” (nominated in 2012 as SAMA Best Jazz Album).
Adam’s harmonica can be heard on numerous CDs – most notably with artists such Sting guitarist Dominic Miller, Brazilian vocal legend Zizi Possi and Australian fusion virtuoso Carl Orr.
His harmonica talents have also been heard in London theatre productions of “Midsummer Night’s dream”, “Scenes from the Big Picture” and “His Girl Friday”.
http://www.adamglassermusic.com

CHUBE
BMJ CLUB PROGRAMME
TIME / DATE
8pm
Bar opens at 7.30pm
Sunday 31st March 2019
VENUE
Melville Theatre: Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny, NP7 5UD
TICKETS
£10 Standard
£8 Friends of BMJ
Students £3 on the door
FACEBOOK
Chube
Chube is a young jazz fusion band based in Cardiff. The group was set up by Ben Creighton Griffiths (Harp, Keys) and Matthew Williams (Drums, Engineering) in 2015 after several years of playing together.
They wrote their first tracks and recorded demos in 2016 before being joined by Aeddan Williams on bass for the recording of their first EP in summer 2017. They played their first shows in 2017 and released their EP in 2018.
Chube draw their inspiration from a wide variety of artists and genres and aim to write electro acoustic music that pushes the boundaries of their instruments.
The trio has performed at the Harp on Wight and Aberjazz Festivals as well as playing at independent shows alongside various bands. Tracks from their EP have been played to positive reviews twice on BBC Wales Introducing with Adam Walton and on BBC Radio 3s Jazz Now.


BMJ CLUB PROGRAMME
BECKI BIGGINS with JOHN-PAUL GARD, ANDY TWEEN & BEN WAGHORN
TIME / DATE
8pm
Bar opens at 7.30pm
Sunday 19th May 2019
VENUE
Melville Theatre: Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny, NP7 5UD
TICKETS
£10 Standard
£8 Friends of BMJ
Students £3 on the door
WEBSITE
http://www.BeckiBiggins.com
It’s a Man’s World is a new project by Grammy-Nominated Jazz Singer and Songwriter Becki Biggins. Inspired by blues and gospel music, Becki has paired up with Hammond maestro John-Paul Gard to bring old songs to new audiences.
Material is inspired, written and made famous by men, with songs by Billy Joel, Glen Campbell, Elvis and Frank Sinatra, as well as fitting originals by Becki herself.
Her own compositions for this project showcase her unique take on the relationships of both herself and others – You Should Be Married By Now, with its boogaloo beat, is a prime example of both her witty humour and novel take on the subject of tying the knot, while You Can’t Be Too Happy is a Norah Jones-esque country/gospel word-to-the-wise.
John-Paul Gard is an accomplished hammond organ player, who fronts his own trio as well as performing with The Lee Goodall Trio and The Jon Dalton Organ Trio, based in Venice Beach, CA.
Andy Tween (drums) is not only an exceptional drummer, but also composes music for film, TV and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s drum examination syllabus.  He has an extensive touring background, having performed with PeeWee Ellis, Fred Wesley, PP Arnold, Jim Mullen, Carl Orr, Jean Toussaint, Andy Sheppard and Dave Newton, among others.
Ben Waghorn (tenor saxophone) began playing in local bands in Bristol at the age of 14 and is now one of the most well-respected and in-demand saxophonists the UK has to offer. He has performed and recorded with bands including Kasabian, Goldfrapp and Portishead, and has performed in West End shows including West Side Story and Chicago.


Tickets for all events can be booked at;
https://thelittleboxoffice.com/blackmountainjazz

 

 


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