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Brecon Jazz Festival 2020 announces full on-line line up.

Saturday, August 01, 2020

The 2020 Brecon Jazz Festival will be 'virtual' with over 100 musicians from all over the world participating. Events will be livestreamed over the weekend of 7/8/9 Aug & remain available until 30th.

We have received the following press release;



The Jazz Festival’s 37th year record has been saved from the ravages of the Covid-19 virus that has swept the world since early 2020.

While many other events have been cancelled, a local band of organisers joined up with the musicians involved and worked with others to create new partnerships that will keep the jazz alive. They have invited the artists to commit planned BJF performances to video – and asked them to “make it personal - this is for Brecon”.

So, rather than miss a year, the places and spaces of BJF2020 will be ‘virtual’, and the get-togethers online. But is also an ambitious plan to present Brecon and its Jazz Festival across a wider world. With over 100 musicians, including from USA, France, Poland, Italy, Argentina, Spain and Uruguay participating, there is a huge
potential to showcase Wales and to attract interest and new followers globally.  

British and Welsh jazz talent is on full display too, and many Welsh musicians have jumped at the chance to work with leading jazz names and international lineups. 

It is very hard, of course, and challenging, to produce ‘jazz’ when bands cannot physically get together and lineups may be spread across different countries. So the organisers have decided to make the Festival FREE this year and accessible to all.  They are achieving this on a tiny budget and with no Welsh ‘arts’ funding, though
support has come from Brecon Town Council and donations from the Friends of Brecon Jazz, Festival well-wishers and help from Jazz Club members. The team urges everyone who loves and supports the jazz Festival to consider making a donation, no matter how small. There is a link on the website, see below.

‘Virtually Brecon Jazz’  and the ‘Festival online’  will be delivered by a three-way partnership, between Brecon Jazz Club, Ratio Studios & Productions in Wales, and the online music hosting service VIALMA, which is based in France and UK, The jazz Club team has created the Festival and artistic programme, the project and the
framework, the media team at RATIO Studio have advised the artists on creating their performances, and in several cases provided studio/recording facilities to them, while the team at Vialma is hosting and supporting the 3 days of events. It is also helping to circulate and publicise BJF as a whole.

Festival ‘visitors’ will be asked merely to provide an email address to enjoy all of the thirty or more events which have been produced for BJF2020. And at Vialma’s
suggestion, the whole Festival will be released from Friday 7th August and  remain active and online throughout the whole of the month! So for the first time, you will be able to experience all of Brecon Jazz in your own time and watch your favourite performances again. No one need miss out on Brecon Jazz this year!

Who is appearing?

US artists LaVon Hardison, Steve Lehman, Eddie Roberts.

From Wales, the Siglo Big Band, Josie Sinnadurai’s ‘Brujas’ with guest Gerard Cousins, Hot Club Gallois, Joe Northwood, Ruth Bowen & Mike Chappell, Huw Warren, Dominic Norcross.

Top UK names Bryan Corbett, Barb Jungr, Deelee Dubé, Tony Kofi ….and many many more.

And in another special initiative, the team is planning to provide ‘showreels’ of the Jazz material so that the cafes and outlets of the town can reflect the music of the surrounding Festival on the ‘jazz weekend’ in August – Friday-Sunday 7,8,9 August. For more information about venues and what you can expect to see, look out
for the announcement in next week’s Brecon & Radnor Express.

Check the ‘Edition 37’ of the festival Website, where you can alsmake a donation or offer to help. Contact (email) .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or check:


BJF2020 performers;

Steve Lehman  
LaVon Hardison with Jim Barber Trio
Deelee Dubé & Juan Galiardo Trio
Barb Jungr – fundraiser for Side by Side with Refugees
Josie Sinnadurai’s Brujas Flamenco Trio
The Siglo Section Big Band Dir. Matt Lush
Tango Jazz Quartet of Argentina
Ruth Bowen Quartet with Mike Chappell
Transatlantic Hot Club
Nurdle: Joe Northwood
Yurie Hu and Huw Warren
Eddie Roberts: Tribute to Grant Green
Elaina Hoss, Dominic Norcross and John-Paul Gard
Will Barnes host: Talking Guitars and international guests
Bryan Corbett Quartet
Alternate Cake Swing
Rachel Starritt Trio
Hot Club Gallois
Preservation Jazz
Victoria Klewin & Denny Ilett, Chris Jones
Manushan - Iranian Flamenco Jazz
Alan Barnes meets Atsuko Shimada Trio
Alina Bzhezhinska and Tony Kofi
Lenore Raphael, Hilliard Greene & Glen Manby


Conversations, talks, guests video;

Maciek Pysz
Erika Lyons 
Ashley J Long (Dave Jones)
Xhosa Cole meets Steve Lehman
Mood Indigo Events
Paula Gardiner and Huw Warren  BJ Reflections
Alan Barnes and Tony Kofi
Josie Sinnadurai
Around Brecon
Jazz Heritage Wales
Tribute to Café Jazz


BJF events are available online

from 12 Noon UK time each day

- can be accessed until 30 August 2020


Festival Opening & Mayor’s Welcome
Bryan Corbett Quartet, with Al Gurr, Ben Markland, Neil Bullock
Victoria Klewin & Denny Ilett, with Chris Jones
Talk: A Musician’s Life, Maciek Pysz, guitar
Hot Club Gallois: Richard Jones, Xenia Porteous, Luke Archard, Mike Morgan
Barb Jungr with Simon Wallace, Jamie Safir – Fundraiser for Side by Side
The Siglo Section Big Band Dir. Matt Lush & Laurence Collier+
Conversation: Tony Kofi & Alan Barnes, saxes
Lenore Raphael & Hilliard Greene, with Glen Manby
BJ2020 Interviews and Virtual Tour, Jazz Heritage Wales, Swansea
Talk: Mood Indigo Events, with Janet McCunn & Terence Collie
Video: Brecon Greetings / Jazz Clubs Wales / Friends of Brecon Jazz

+Siglo Big Band: Siobhan Waters, Elijah Jeffery, Joe Northwood, Vicky Perrio, Josh Heaton, Sam Robertson, Jessica Ruth Morris, Laurence Collier, Joe Bentley, George Martin, Ted Smith, Peter Johnson, Russell Evans, Ben Thorpe, Peter Richards, Matt Lush, John Close, Will Davies, Alex Burch.


Preservation Jazz 1, with Intro. Alun Jones & Paul Dunleavy PJ Society
Ruth Bowen Quartet, with Mike Chappell, Pete Bowen, Phill O’Sullivan
Manushan, with Aîda Nosrat & Babak Amir Mobasher
Deelee Dubé & Juan Galiardo Trio, with Rafa Sibajas, José Luis Gómez
Steve Lehman Solo, incl. pre-concert interview with Xhosa Cole
Tango Jazz Quartet: Gustavo Firmenich, Horacio Acosta, Martin Rao deVita, Mauricio Pasculli
Rachel Starritt Trio, with Clement Saynor, Alex Goodyear
Nurdle: Joe Northwood, with Tom Berge, Paolo Adamo
Community Jazz & Ukes, Ian & Rachel Cooper
Alan Barnes & Atsuko Shimada Trio, with Rafa Sibajas, José Luis Gómez
Yurie Hu and Huw Warren
Transatlantic Hot Club: Adrien Chevalier, Ben Creighton Griffiths, Roberto Gervasi, Philip Ambuel - followed by Tribute to Café Jazz


Preservation Jazz 2, with Intro. Alun Jones & Paul Dunleavy PJ Society
Brujas: Josie Sinnadurai, Carmen Yruela, Eri González, with Gerard Cousins
Conversation: Ashley J Long (bassist, composer), talks to Dave Jones
LaVon Hardison & Jim Barber Trio, with Bill Fletcher, Greg Evans
Talk: A Dancer’s Journey, Aberhonddu to Andalucia, Josie Sinnadurai
Alina Bzhezhinska & Tony Kofi
Eddie Roberts Quartet, with Chris Spies, Nate Edgar, Jeff Franca
Talk: Music Therapy, Erika Lyons
Will Barnes & Guests ‘Talking Guitars’: Andy MacKenzie, Deirdre Cartwright, Remi Harris, Dario Napoli, Wayne Wilkinson
Alternate Cake: Philippe Cann, Jean Guyomarc’h, Léa Ciechelski, Matthieu Torsat
Talk: Reflections on Brecon Jazz: Huw Warren & Paula Gardiner
Elaina Hoss, Dominic Norcross and John-Paul Gard (closing concert)