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Swansea International Jazz Festival


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4 AWESOME DAYS OF JAZZ AT OVER 50 EVENTS ACROSS THE MARITIME QUARTER

The 2018 festival has 16 venues hosting OVER 50 events this year, the festival has even more venues and events than in previous years and it’s great for the City of Swansea to be hosting the biggest jazz festival in Wales this year. The Maritime Quarter is a fabulous backdrop location for our festival and of course there are plenty of accessible car parks and a wide range of hotels and guest houses in the area plus both Swansea bus and Railway stations are close by.

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MAIN FESTIVAL

Thursday June 14

8:00pm  £25

The Laurence Cottle Big Band : SOUL VACCINATION

Celebrating 50 years of Soul & Funk

The Music of Tower Of Power - played by an All-Star Funk Big Band!

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Friday June 15

6:40pm  £25

Pete Long's Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall Concert

Regarded as the finest jazz spectacle ever, the Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall concert of 1938 is revered by big band fans, and recordings of that historic event continue to still sell today!

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9pm  £20

Derek Nash / Noel McCalla : Some Kinda Wonderful - The Music of Stevie Wonder

This band features the amazing vocals of Noel McCalla and the sublime and soulful saxophone of Derek Nash - supported by an amazing band featuring NeilAngilley (piano), Tim Cansfield
(guitar), Orefo Orakwue (bass) and Nick France (drums) they'll be bringing you a celebration of the music of Stevie Wonder.

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Saturday June 16

1:00pm  £10

'Sophisticated Ladies' - Tina May, Lee Gibson & Bruce Adams

Two of Britain’s best jazz singers get together with British jazz trumpet legend Bruce Adams and the all-swinging Dave Cottle Trio to celebrate the music of the stars who inspired them, with a collection of their favourite tunes from the heyday of the greatest women singers of the twentieth century.

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3:00pm £10

Daniel Marques Trio

As the leader, producer and arranger of Orquestra Frevo Diabo Daniel won in 2010 the most important prize in Brazilian music, the “Prêmio da Música Brasileira”. His last duo album with saxophonist Rodrigo Ursaia was listed in 2016 as one of the best instrumentalists of the year and won The Akademia Music Awards (Los Angeles/New york) prize for best album at the same year.

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6:40pm £18

Jim Rotondi Quartet

Trumpeter Jim Rotondi has been a major figure in the world of jazz for over 30 years, both in New York and on the international scene. His sound, soul, and sense of swing have been in demand as leader and sideman all over the world.

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9:00pm  £25

Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses

Prima Jr. and his explosive band are bringing the feel-good classics of Louis Prima Sr. into the 21st century. It’s going to be a night of boisterous, rollicking music that will blow you away—and have you dancing in the aisles!

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1:00pm  £10

The Toots Project The musical panoply of harmonica legend Toots Thielemans

In a concert programme endorsed by Thielemans himself shortly before his death in 2016, harmonica maestro Phil Hopkins joins some of the UK’s most inventive jazz musicians to explore the eclectic repertoire of Toots. 

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Sunday June 17

3:00pm  £10

Judith Nijland Quartet 'Songs of Wes'

This tribute to jazz guitar legend Wes Montgomery will tell the man's story by bringing the original songs. Judith wrote touching lyrics and Libor Šmoldas made some beautiful arrangements. Together they pay their creative and musical respect to the man's great legacy.

Judith and Libor are visiting the UK for the first time together at Swansea Jazz Festival and will be joined by a great line up.

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6:40pm  £18

James Taylor Quartet

For a quarter of a century, the James Taylor Quartet have set the standard for the coolest sounds in funky acid jazz. On dozens of mighty albums and at their legendary gigs at home and around the world, they’ve quietly become a byword for distinguished British creativity.

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9:00pm  £20

Pee Wee Ellis Funk Assembly with Dennis Rollins & Lizzie Deane

American saxophone legend Pee Wee Ellis is most famous as the man who refined the sound of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, and has every right to the title The Man who invented Funk.

In 1965 Pee Wee joined James Brown and soon came up with the first pure hardcore funk hit Cold Sweat following it up with 26 others and served Brown as MD until 1969. In the 1970s, as arranger and producer of CTI-Kudu records, he was responsible for the hits by Esther Phillips, George Benson, Hank Crawford and many others.

In 1979 he began a long relationship with Van Morrison and reformed the JB horns with Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker.

Pee Wee Ellis : Saxophone | Lizzie Deane : Vocals | Dennis Rollins : Trombone | Gareth Williams : Keyboards | Tim Cansfield : Guitar | Laurence Cottle : Bass | Mark Mondesir : Drums


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Fringe Festival

 

THURSDAY 14th June

22:30  No.6 Bar - Late Jam Session

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FRIDAY 15th June

16:00 Queens Hotel - The Rumble Strutters

The Rumblestrutters bring the Prohibition era to the party! The Swansea-based acoustic three-piece vividly evoke the blues, jazz and jug band music of the 1920s. https://www.therumblestrutters.com

 

16:00 The Swigg - Juan Gallardo Trio

From Seville, Spain, Pianist Juan Galiardo is a Berklee Jazz graduate and has worked with some of the finest Jazz artists worldwide

http://www.juangaliardomusic.com/home-1

 

16:30 The Pumphouse - Bruce Adams with Dave Cottle Trio

Not only is Bruce one the jazz scene’s most dramatic and stimulating performers, he is also a tremendously affable companion. 

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17:30 The RiverHouse - Chums

Superb 10 piece Band recreating the music of Chicago, Steely Dan & more

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18.30 Morgans Hotel - Amy Walton Trio

Jazz singer from Cape Town, South Africa with a stunning voice and jazz songs sung her own inimitable style

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18.30 Dylan Thomas Centre - Tom Duggan with Tom Langshaw Trio

Led by saxophonist Tom Duggan and Pianist Tom Langshaw a quartet of talented Jazz musicians all hailing from Swansea

 

19.30  Dylan Thomas Centre -  Swansea Lindy Hop Scene Presentation

Everything you ever wanted to know about the evolution of swing music & dancing - complete with an historical talk, film screening and live dance demonstration.

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22:30 No.6 Bar - Late Jam Session

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Saturday 16th June

10:00 National Waterfront Museum

Young musicians from all over South Wales, workshop with Pete Long.

 

11:00 St Marys Church - Geoff Eales with Aslhey John Long

The Welsh pianist / composer / improviser Geoff Eales has enjoyed an incredibly varied career in music. Geoff has performed at many of the world's leading concert halls, festivals and clubs including London's Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Ronnie Scott's, The Blue Note Clubs of Japan, New York's Birdland, The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, Louisville's Jazz Factory and festivals in Belgrade, Zagreb, Edinburgh, Cork and Brecon.

For this special performance Geoff will be playing a new composition along with well know jazz standards.

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12:00 Village Hotel - Liberty Street Jazz Band

One of Wales’ most popular Traditional Jazz Bands, formed in 1993, has been appeared several times in St. David’s Hall, Cardiff and at BBC Wales. 

A Musical style can be described as Chicago Trad Jazz 

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12.30 Gigi Gao’s - Megan Thomas

Young jazz vocalist from Llanelli who is currently studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music. She will be singing a selection of well known jazz standards.

 

13:00 Dylan Thomas Centre Square - Bridgend Big Band

The long established Big Band led by musical director Bill Davies playing the best of Big Band favourites from Miller, Basie, Kenton.

 

13.30 The Pumphouse - Albino Frogs

This five piece band from the South Wales Valleys appeals to all ages, as they deal out plenty of funky Latin rocky grooves, which get your foot tapping and the body swaying. It doesn’t end there, there's also some jazz and country thrown into the mix for good measure.

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13.30 -The Riverhouse - Ray “Taff” Williams & Stringefellows

Led by one of South Wales’ finest guitarists Ray “Taff” Williams, the band wth a varied repertoire of Blues/pop and rock.

 

13.30 National Waterfront Museum - South Wales Schools Big Band Concert

Following the morning workshop the band will play a concert with guest Peter Long

 

14:00 Diablos - Lisa Kwei Band

Pop singer/songwriter/ guitarist, heavily inspired by artists such as Fleetwood Mac and Bob Marley.

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14.30 Swansea Museum - Kathy Davies Quartet

Vocalist, Kathy Davies and her unique narrative style; swinging sounds for a vibrant afternoons  entertainment of jazz classics – from Louis Jordan; Cole Porter; Dave Frishber ; Gershwin and more.

 

14.30 The Swigg - Afternoon in Paris

The music of Afternoon in Paris is grounded in the Gypsy swing tradition made popular by Djando Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France. Latin Rhthyms, cheeky quotes and vocals in several languages all combine to give them a unique, accessible and widely appealing sound. 

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15:00 National Waterfront Museum - RWMCD Big Band

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Big Band play the music of Iain Ballamy, arranged by Malcolm Edmonstone and directed by Iain Ballamy.

 

15:30 Queens Hotel - John Dignam Trio

John is an acoustic guitar prodigy from South Wales. A big fan of Tommy Emmanuel, Clive Carroll and Ian Parker amongst others. He has developed a mature and fulsome technique and timbre thanks to extensive study of Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed. 

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15:30 Swansea Yacht Club - Groucho Club

Jazz with rock and funk mixed in, making a dynamic blend of melody, rhythm and improvisation from these fine South Wales based musicians.

 

16:00 The Copper Jack - Tom Duggan with Tom Langshaw Trio

Led by saxophonist Tom Duggan and Pianist Tom Langshaw a quartet of talented Jazz musicians all hailing from Swansea. NEED TO BOOK!

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16.30 -The Pumphouse - The Cottle Brothers

The 3 Swansea born brothers unite and recreate a barnstorming set of Tradition Jazz and frivolity!

 

16.30 The Riverhouse - Lewis and Dav

Lewis & Dav are part of the new wave of instrumental acoustic jazz that is taking the world by storm. With influences from Django Reinhardt to Snarky Puppy and Led Zeppelin to Dirty Loops, their sound combines tight, funky and experimental jazz chops with ludicrously catchy hooks. They have performed at many prestigious venues and events including Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival; including an interview on local TV station "That's Manchester", March Manouche, The Vintage Escape Festival, Ullapool Guitar Fesitval, as well as countless jazz clubs and resteraunts and completed their first UK tour in October 2017.

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16.30 Dylan Thomas Centre Square - Plastic Sam’s Stargazer

Plastic Sam's move from playing 'records' to making live music, a transition 40 years in the 'planning stage' now gigging and having a great time for the first time 'sharing' the stage with 4 other great friends and musicians. . . . . STARGAZER. Influences are Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Stones, Eagles.

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18.45 Dylan Thomas Centre Square - The Jazz Outlaws

Led my Musical Director Bruce Perkins, the band of mostly young musicians and teachers from the Swansea area will be working their way through a varied style of Big Band music.

 

19.00 The RiverHouse - Moongazer

Folk/Rock Band Moongazer round off Saturday at the Riverhouse with Nigel Davies - Guitar/Keyboards/Harmonicas, Mark Waldron - Fiddle, Martin Evans - Drum/ Percussion, David Williams - Piano Accordion & Craig Morgan- Bass.

 

19.30  Dylan Thomas Centre -  Swansea Lindy Hop Scene Presentation

Everything you ever wanted to know about the evolution of swing music & dancing - complete with an historical talk, film screening and live dance demonstration.

Visit website

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Sunday 17th June

11:00 National Waterfront Museum - Guitar & Bass Workshop

with Libor Smolda & Pieter Althuis 

Bring along guitars and bass and join in the workshop or just come along and listen if you prefer. Czech born guitarist Libor Smolda has performed all over the word with many international Jazz artists. Dutch bassist Pieter Altuis is also on hand for bass players.

 

12.30 Gigi Gao’s - Steve Williams Trio

Swansea guitarists Steve Williams and his trio playing the Latin, swing and ballads and a dip into the great American songbook.

 

3:00 Dylan Thomas Centre Square - Constellation Big Band

Constellation Big Band was formed circa 1973 and was originally known as ‘Joe Berni Dance Band Neath’ The band recreates the sounds of the Big Band era with music from Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton and many more. 

 

13.30 The Pumphouse - Ray “Taff” Williams & Stringefellows

Led by one of South Wales’ finest guitarists Ray “Taff” Williams, the band wth a varied repertoire of Blues/pop and rock.

 

13.30 -The Riverhouse - Jim Politis & Hot Club Gallois

Jim Politis is a renowned Greek Gypsy Guitarist , he joins forces with South Wales based Hot Club Gallois for a thrilling set of gypsy Jazz!

 

14.30 Swansea Museum - Joe Northwood’s Tuk Tuk 

A trio of creative musicians based in Cardiff, Tuk Tuk are a sax led group that perform tunes of memorable melodic lines and highly percussive group improvisation. With the absence of a chordal instrument they have flourished, creating a strong collective sound, rich in textures and subtle soundscapes.

 The writing has an undeniably contemporary feel yet with a firm foot in the past, citing a range of influences, from legends like John Coltrane and Joe Henderson, to modern the greats of Mark Guiliana, Avashai Cohen and Ben Wendel. Tuk Tuk will take you on an exploration with each passing moment, so sit back and enjoy the ride.

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15:00 Diablos - John Paul Gard Organ Trio

When John paul revs up his Hammond he fires on all four cylinders, thanks to flying feet on the bass pedals and a sincere love of the blues and gospel based organ styles of the 60s and 70s that eventually inspired the acid jazz revival. 

 

15:30 Queens Hotel - Lews & Dav

Lewis & Dav are part of the new wave of instrumental acoustic jazz that is taking the world by storm. With influences from Django Reinhardt to Snarky Puppy and Led Zeppelin to Dirty Loops, their sound combines tight, funky and experimental jazz chops with ludicrously catchy hooks. They have performed at many prestigious venues and events including Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival; including an interview on local TV station "That's Manchester", March Manouche, The Vintage Escape Festival, Ullapool Guitar Fesitval, as well as countless jazz clubs and resteraunts and completed their first UK tour in October 2017.

Visit website

 

16:00 The Copper Jack - Liberty Street Jazz Band

One of Wales’ most popular Traditional Jazz Bands, formed in 1993, has been appeared several times in St. David’s Hall, Cardiff and at BBC Wales. 

A Musical style can be described as Chicago Trad Jazz - you need to book this! 

Visit band website   Click here to call and book.

 

16.30 -The Pumphouse - The Groove Project

South Wales based 8 piece band with 3 piece brass section playing 70/80's disco/party music by Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, Chic etc

 

16:30 Swansea Yacht Club - Gareth Williams Trio

One of the most intensely creative, dynamic and exciting performers on the UK scene, pianist, Gareth Williams has been receiving increasing critical and public acclaim since becoming a professional musician in the early 90s. with a great voice too, expect a few get jazz songs!

 

16.30 The Riverhouse - Jazz Africana

Gbubemi Amas and Jazzy Africana return by popular demand with a repertoire encompassing rhythmical African beats.

 

16.30 Dylan Thomas Centre Square - Li Harding

Hailing from Butetown, Li Harding is Wales' most dynamic jazz and blues singer. The program will include songs from many of the great divas including Etta James, Diana Washington, Dakota Staton, Ruth Brown, Wynnona Carr and many more. She will be accompanied by the Gary Phillips trio. Expect an emotionally charged set which will get your heart pounding and feet tapping!

 

18.45 Dylan Thomas Centre Square - Amigos Gypsy Orchestra

Led by guitarist Gary Phillip, the big sound of the Amigos Gypsy Orchestra brings the curtain down on the 2018 Fringe Festival.


Earlier Event: June 13
Banshee Therapy Session
Later Event: June 14
Juan Galiardo