Brecon, Jazz and the Great British Summer
Friday, August 22, 2008
This year’s Brecon Jazz Festival suffered, as so many British events have this summer, from the most atrocious weather. My heart really did go out to both the artists and visitors who had come to see live music at what is now one of the best British Jazz festivals.
However, as bad as the weather was, it couldn’t spoil what was an excellent weekend.
The beauty of Brecon is the sheer variety of music on offer, covering all jazz styles from traditional to avant garde. The Stroller programme in particular offers fans the unique opportunity to dip in and out of the various styles available. Also, the way that the Festival takes over the whole town still makes it something truly special, even if the decline in free street music over the years is to be regretted.
I have put full reviews of the weekend up on the site. Friday and Saturday is at http://www.thejazzmann.com/reviews/review/live-review-hsbc-brecon-jazz-festival-2008-friday-saturday/
A review of Sunday can be found at http://www.thejazzmann.com/reviews/review/live-hsbc-brecon-jazz-festival-2008-sunday/
I would also like to say a big thank you for all the support I have received in the few short weeks since the site was launched. I have enjoyed reading your comments and feedback. Thanks also to the artists who have sent their work for review. Please keep them coming…
My regards to you all,
JAZZ MANN FEATURES
Purdyâ€™s Pop-Up Jazz Club w Rebecca Poole & Fleur Stevenson, HAODS Studio, Henley on Thames, 03/02/
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Ian Mann witnesses the future of British jazz at the NYJO Jazz Jam and the JazzNewBlood showcase and loses himself in a spectacular Norwegian double bill featuring Sinikka Langeland and Jaga Jazzist.