Jazz it up at Oystermouth Castle
A jazz and blues concert will be taking place at Oystermouth Castle in Mumbles on Friday, August 9, at 7.30pm, featuring the Brian Beeze Band with "Taff" Williams, The Groucho Club and gypsy swing jazz group Afternoon In Paris.
The Brecon Jazz Festival opens on Friday, August 9, and continues until Sunday, August 11, with the three major headliners this year being Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, gospel singer Mavis Staples and Courtney Pine.
The supporting programme includes The Impossible Gentlemen, Gilad Atzmon, John Surman, Acker Bilk, Ian Shaw, Huw Warren, Martin Taylor and Alan Barnes.
Noticeably absent from this year's line-up are any of the leading American jazz stars (a similar state to last year's festival, when the organisers only had six months to prepare for it) and unless there is a radical change of booking policy, I fear that Brecon Jazz will continue on a downward slide.
On Sunday, August 11th, from 1-4pm, Swansea Jazzland presents a Sunday Jazz Lunch at the Village Hotel, Fabian Way, Swansea. It features leading UK jazz musicians, saxophonist Mornington Lockett, bass guitarist Laurence Cottle and drummer Ian Thomas.
Local and very popular jazz singer Amy Sinha is gigging on Wednesday, August 14, at 1pm in the Wales Millennium Centre on the Glanfa Level stage when she will be accompanied by pianist Deborah Glenister.
On Wednesday, August 14,Swansea Jazzland present saxophonist and flautist Lee Goodall with the Dave Cottle Trio at St James Social Club, Uplands, Swansea, at 8.30pm.