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Wall2Wall Virtual Jazz Festival, Abergavenny, 12-18 October 2020, tickets now available on line.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Tickets for selected events at the forthcoming Wall2Wall Virtual Jazz Festival are now available for purchase on line. Details attached.

From the Black Mountain Jazz website;

The Corona virus pandemic has frustrated plans for most live music events and the need to find alternatives has been a priority.

The wall2wall Jazz Festival, promoted by Abergavenny’s Black Mountain Jazz, has been no exception and this year it will be a ‘virtual’ event.

There are different ways of producing a ‘virtual’ music event.  Our approach has been to to record the programme live in The Melville Theatre during the summer months and then – keeping to the planned October festival dates – we will stream the resulting videos.


At the early planning stage, we took two important decisions:

artists should be paid the full fee that they would expect for a live performance; and we would engage the very best sound, camera and editing technicians.
These decisions have cost implications and ticketing the festival’s programme is necessary.  However, we have kept ticket prices low.

Viewing Videos;

Video cannot be accessed until their October first streaming date – details are on the programme pages.

They can then be watched by clicking the ‘VIEW VIDEO’ button – this is also on the programme page. A box will appear and you enter the video ‘access code’.

Follow the same procedure to watch the video again – and as often as you wish. It will be available until 20th November 2020.

The ‘access code’ will be on the event ticket, which will be sent to you by email.

Please email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you have any problems.

The Programme;

The box office is now open for the following:

Fergus McCreadie & Luca Manning
The Kim Cypher Quintet
Remembering Peggy Lee
The Claire Roberts Trio: Carmen McCrea Sings Monk
Remembering Charlie Parker
The Zoe Gilby Trio

Also coming to the festival and details will be posted soon:

Jass to Jazz
Tango Meets Jazz
Tomorrow’s Headliners


Friday 16th October 2020 at 9pm
Kim Cypher Quintet
One of the UK’s most exciting saxophonists, vocalists and composers, Kim Cypher heads to the VIRTUAL wall2wall Jazz Festival with her band of top UK musicians.
Inspired by the funkier side of jazz and having studied alongside US saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis and internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Andy Sheppard, Kim’s style of performance is best described as ‘funky saxophonist meets 1940′s jazz singer’.
The Quintet’s set list provides a great mix of music spanning many genres with a quirky, jazzy twist together with Kim’s own original material.
Kim’s highly successful debut album tour included sell-out shows across the UK in 2017/18 including top London jazz clubs and some great venues and festivals. Her new album tour kicked off with a sell-out show in February 2019 with special guest Pee Wee Ellis.
The line up for this special event features some of the most highly regarded musicians in the UK:
Kim Cypher – sax and vocals / Mike Cypher – drums Chris Cobbson – guitar / Mike Green – double bassAnders Olinder – keys and piano
With a phenomenal line up like this performing a fabulous selection of music, this is without doubt an event not to be missed!
Viewing alone (Single): £10.00
Viewing with others (Family): £15.00
Booking the correct ticket will be appreciated


Saturday 17th October 2020 at 5pm
Claire Victoria Roberts grew up in South West Wales, hearing her dad perform gypsy jazz fiddle. She went on to train classically in Manchester, before branching out into bluegrass, Western Swing and improvised fiddle style.
She now performs as a violinist and vocalist with renowned Western Swing band The Swing Commanders.
Her love of swing music and appreciation for great female jazz singers led her to produce a debut album of old-time, jazz and country blues, which was released in January.
In this show she ventures further into the bebop vocal style of one of her biggest inspirations, Carmen McRae.
A singer brave enough to tackle the music of Thelonious Monk, Carmen’s iconic phrasing and storytelling will be reimagined in Claire’s stripped back performance as Claire sings ‘Carmen sings Monk’.
Claire will be joined by Grant Russell on bass and George King on piano.
Viewing alone (Single): £10.00
Viewing with others (Family): £15.00
Booking the correct ticket will be appreciated


Saturday 17th October 2020 at 7pm
In the days before CORONA virus and global lockdown, Black Mountain Jazz Club hosted its final club night of live Jazz in The Melville Theatre, Abergavenny to a full house.
An extraordinary gig from a young Scottish Parliamentary Jazz Award winner 2019, jazz pianist, Fergus McCreadie and his Trio. Together, they presented their first multi award winning album TURAS in a performance that had our BMJ audience sitting in the palm of their hands in pin drop silence – and the response afterwards was of an extraordinary evening, hard to better.
Since then, impressively, Fergus has been signed to prestigious jazz recording label Edition for the release of his second album in 2021.
Edition CEO Dave Stapleton declared, “ Fergus is a complete and well-rounded musician, a passionate communicator and consummate performer, a composer of elegant, nuanced and captivating music as well as a pianist and improviser of exceptional ability and originality.”
In the meantime another Scottish young Parliamentary Jazz Award winner 2020 also created a first album that has also made waves in the UK jazz world and beyond. Young Scottish jazz vocalist and composer, Luca Manning.
When The Sun Comes Out was Luca’s first album and featuring Fergus McCreadie, was first released on 17 October 2019 with its launch gig at the London Jazz Festival on the 18th of November at The Phesantry in Chelsea.
“With When The Sun Comes Out, Luca Manning has not just released a hugely impressive debut album but hopefully presented the first chapter in a long association with Fergus McCreadie that will only strengthen and deepen over time. In the meantime, this is an album that should be savoured and enjoyed. Unreservedly recommended.” Nick Lea, Jazz Views.
This coming together of fresh talent has created an album that has made the jazz world sit up and take notice.
As well as over an hour of beautiful music, the video includes an intriguing interview with Fergus and Luca.
The resulting recording is extraordinary, not to be missed and will, in our opinion, age like a good wine, to be revisited time and again.
So, welcome to The Melville Theatre, Abergavenny – pour a glass of your favourite tipple and be royally entertained by a truly talented and exciting new generation of UK’s rising jazz stars.
Viewing alone (Single): £10.00
Viewing with others (Family): £15.00
Booking the correct ticket will be appreciated


Saturday 17th October 2020 at 9pm
Peggy Lee was a prolific and loved performer, reigning over seven decades and recording over a 1000 songs. She is recognised as both a songwriter and performer with lifetime achievement awards and entries into the Hall of Fame.
Join us in Remembering Peggy Lee@100 celebrating the 100th birthday of this singing legend.
With so many GREAT songs to choose from, we have selected three talented and very different singers to perform their own selection of tunes in celebration of this enormously important and influential 20th Century artist.
With a commentary of Peggy Lee’s life story interspersed with some great performances recorded live at The Melville Theatre in Abergavenny, we have created a celebration of Peggy Lee@100 that should not be missed.
Remembering Peggy Lee@ 100- a virtual wall2wall Jazz Festival 2020 celebration of one of the greats!
Becki Biggins: Vocalist
Debs Hancock: Vocalist
Victoria Klewin: Vocalist
Guy Shotton: Piano
Nick Kacal: Double bass
Alex Goodyear: Drums
Viewing alone (Single): £10.00
Viewing with others (Family): £15.00
Booking the correct ticket will be appreciated


Sunday 18th October 2020 at 7pm
Considered one of the musical geniuses of the 20th Century, saxophonist Charlie Parker, otherwise known as “Bird”, would have been 100 in 2020.
His legacy reaches across the generations, influencing and inspiring musicians across the globe. He succeeded in personifying the jazz musician as an uncompromising artist and intellectual rather than just an entertainer.
With a commentary of Charlie Parker’s complex life story interspersed with some great performances recorded live at The Melville Theatre in Abergavenny, we have created a celebration of Charlie Parker@100 that should not be missed.
Ben Waghorn brings a lifetime of professional saxophone experience, performing in wide ranging genres of music styles. He has toured extensively and has a deep passion for the music of Charlie Parker.
Martha Skilton is a sought after freelance Saxophone player.  Martha a is based in South Wales, having studied at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She plays in a wide variety of jazz and music bands throughout the UK.
Jonny Bruce is a freelance trumpet player based in Bristol. Working as both a soloist and a lead player in a variety of musical contexts, Jonny has received much critical acclaim for his fiery playing.
Dave Jones is a hugely versatile pianist and composer,classically trained at Cambridge. He is the perfect choice for this fast paced, exciting and challenging gig.
Ashley John Long is a virtuoso double bassist and composer, active in a diverse range of musical idioms – including jazz and improvisation, session music, and early and contemporary chamber music.
Alex Goodyear is a widely sought after young talent. A freelance Drummer and Percussionist based in Cardiff, he recently graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Viewing alone (Single): £10.00
Viewing with others (Family): £15.00
Booking the correct ticket will be appreciated


Sunday 18th October 2020 at 9pm
Zoe Gilby is a vocalist and songwriter, making a stunning impression on the music scene today.  She was the winner of the Parliamentary Jazz Awards Jazz Vocalist of the Year 2019.
Her compelling original compositions are written with double bassist husband Andy Champion, creating a powerful collection of songs with a strong narrative.
An engaging repertoire of storytelling and atmosphere, her stockpile of music also includes an adventurous blend of contemporary composers from Kate Bush to Pink Floyd and the sensitive treatments of jazz standards, completes this particular storybook.
“A mix of intelligent original songs and innovative arrangements of tunes by both jazz and pop composers. It is the qualities of the original songs that make this jazz vocal album stand out from the pack”  The Jazzmann : Twelve Stories Album Review.
Zoe Gilby: vocals
Andy Champion: double bass
Mark Williams: guitar
Sit back and enjoy a commanding mix of musical sophistication and dramatic edge.
Viewing alone (Single): £10.00
Viewing with others (Family): £15.00
Booking the correct ticket will be appreciated