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Bring on Brecon

August 9, 2012

The off-again, on-again Brecon Jazz Festival starts tomorrow, in a new incarnation after a period – two years was it? – run by the Hay Festival. I quite liked their marquees-on-the-college-lawn style but they buggered off ‘cos they weren’t making enough dosh.

What Brecon definitely won’t look like this year…

The new crew have put together a smaller programme in record time, reverting to all in town venues. I’m going on Jazzwise behalf, and we’re mostly avoiding people we’ve seen in other places already this year. That leaves out Trio Libero, Food and Courtney Pine – all featured at Bath – and all well-worth seeing, in roughly the order stated. We’ll also miss one of my favourite pianists Huw Warren, new festival adviser, working with Thomas Strønen on Friday, which is a real shame.

Things which we will definitely see will be the Simcock/Garland/Sirkis Lighthouse trio – whose recent tour has sounded superb from the odd bootleg taste – on Saturday, Bobby Wellins and Stan Tracey playing Monk on Sunday, and I imagine Soweto Kinch‘s trio on Sunday. There are some interesting Welsh players, too, and lots of wild – and some woolly! – stuff around the town on the fringe as well. The forecast looks pretty festive too. See you there?

By the way, this trio playing down at the Rose of Denmark in Hotwells tonight sounds pretty good for a Summer’s evening too. Thanks to Venue’s comprehensive web listing for making it visible.

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