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To the Narberth Jazz community music organisation, run by volunteers and presenting a variety of different music mainly Jazz and Jazz related.
Please check the Events & Tickets (Upcoming EventsNarberth Jazz ) page for the varied future schedule. Click on the names for full information and to get tickets or if you prefer please ring 07778 563334. ================================================================

Very sadly due to the current Covid 19 rules, announced by the Welsh government last Friday, we have had to postpone our scheduled performance on Thursday 20th January with Dom Norcross band and Elaina Hoss. However we hope to rebook them at a later date, possibly in May, we have booked a really strong line up of live jazz events each month until then. As usual if you have already booked an advance ticket, then of course we will offer you a full refund or credit for tickets to a future event of your choice.

Now! 
In spite of the difficulties we would wish to also welcome you to:-
Our first ‘Jazz in the Afternoon’ at The Hwb, the new bar at The Old School site by the car park in Narberth . The date and time, 2pm Thursday 27th January when our founder and resident host Declan will start things off and introduce some examples of the fun side of jazz and hopes you will be able to join him for a couple of hours of music and conversation. Tea, coffee, cakes, and booze [in delicate china cups may be  are available!] So as you see we hope to continue with these afternoon sessions with intriguing inputs from members and friends. Gordon Barry has promised to host the next Jazz In The Afternoon event in February for a reminder of the why and how of ‘Now we has Jazz.’ We hope that others will join in this monthly chance for us all to get together to explore and experience this joyous music. Looking forward to live events in the spring : February 17th sees the return (Covid permitting) of the lively Django style band HOT CLUB GALLOIS Conjuring up the swirling dance halls of 1940’s Paris with a heady mix of Django Reinhardt classics, swing-flavoured jazz standards and Hot Club Gallois originals. An irresistible mix of fiery violin, lyrical vocals, virtuosic guitar and stomping bass, you won’t want to stay in your seat. https://www.hotclubgallois.com/ ====================================================================== Looking back to 2021 we had again an interesting and enjoyable evening on Thursday in early December. With thanks to John Gibbon and his compatriots. (like the band!) Good music and entertainment was dispensed to our hungry and appreciative audience once more curtesy of your organisers Narberth Jazz. But without your help and support none of this would have taken place. So – a big thank you to you all. A few pictures from the evening may help to describe the events.

Now the NAG!!! Subscriptions  now about to be due for 2022. To try and help you we have put up a simple renewal system via the ‘Ticket’  part of the Narberth Jazz website. Well maybe this will help?;  but your comments would/ will be most appreciated in deciding what we do for you.. PS: Drum school went very well —–> with thanks to the maestro John Gibbon. ===========================================================

Salute to Humphrey Lyttelton.

Well what an evening! The ten piece band ensemble lead by Chris Hodgkins provided an affectionate and rewarding showcase of Humph’s music and life reminiscences . Each of the musicians really dug in and swung the arrangements, in a way that Humph would have approved of. In spite of the fresh Covid19 restrictions imposed earlier on in the week, a genuinely good audience was able to come along to enjoy and appreciate the music.

       

================================================================ A superb evening was enjoyed on Thursday 21st October where the John Gibbon Trio with Graham Pikeprovided our entertainment and enjoyment. Graham Pike plays trumpet, flugelhorn and harmonica, John Gibbon plays drums and supplies tall tales from his lifetime as a musician; stand up (proper) bass is the extraordinary Ollie Blanchflower, the piano stool is under a young musician who’s fine talent is still flowering, he is Bristolian, Guy Shotton.

Don’t forget our presentation for you to enjoy on November 19th

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We are growing!

Not only do we have to present to you the ONLY venue for the Salute to Humphry Lyttleton in Wales (19th November) but we are expanding our Narberth Jazz remit.

Our project details are available on the web site narberthjazz.wales/

Narberth Jazz Projects.     www.narberthjazz.wales/projects So let us now look at what we are going to do, both for you and the community. The Youth Band Last month we applied for a grant for our long term projects, but we missed the targets for funding. Undeterred, we will find the right formula and try again. Back in the 1990’s we helped a great musician and teacher, Jim Luxton, to start and run a Narberth Youth Band which played at local events, and we feel the time is right to revive the idea and help young people reach their musical potential. We now ask for your help – to find young musicians who may be interested in playing with a new youth band. We have talented musicians who are willing to help with the tuition and support. Do you have a young person in the family or neighbourhood who might enjoy being in at the start of a new band to play local functions and festivals? Please let us know at info@narberthjazz.wales or go to our well known website Contact Us | Narberth Jazz Jazz Afternoons We would like to hold ‘jazz afternoons’ at a local cafe or bar where we would invite people living alone to meet and listen to recorded music of their choice and meet people and perhaps make friends. Please let us know if you would like to take part info@narberthjazz.wales  or Contact Us | Narberth Jazz Retirement and Care Homes – Music Project Another ambition is to take our live music events into local care homes and make them available to our elderly friends who cannot get out to our live events. We will firstly video performances and stream them into care homes and eventually take musicians in to perform live in the homes. Several care homes have told us they would like to have our shows and we will continue to use your donations for this project. If you would like to suggest other places that would benefit, we would like to know. Please email on info@narberthjazz.wales or Contact Us | Narberth Jazz

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At the Plas Hotel Narberth  on Thursday 19th. August we were treated to the first ‘indoor’ live event for some many months. The guest artists for Narberth Jazz fans were The Keith Marshall Band ( aka “Swing Machine”) featuring  star vocalist Sarah Benbow. What an evening of joyous entertainment unfolded before a full house at the Plas Hotel. The music and spirit of many of the big band masters was exhibited by the wonderful ‘little big band’ of Keith Marshall, who evoked the sounds of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Barnet and our own John Dankworth. Some images of the event

Scott Pickrell trumpet / flugelhorn Rob Owen trombone Andy Jackson alto sax / clarinet Chris Ryan tenor & soprano saxes / clarinet John Rodge guitar Chris Rose bass guitar Dave James drums / percussion Keith Marshall M.D. / piano / keyboards Sarah Benbow vocal

Together with a live recording of their version of Basie’s ‘Silk Stockings’. We were also pleased to welcome more new members in joining the ranks of Narberth Jazz. ——————————————————————————————————————-
Garden Party at Lampeter House Narberth Jazz launched the new season of events with the Garden Party at Lampeter House and thanks to sublime weather and music from Moonshine Boulevard  and Afternoon in Paris it was a perfect way to meet up with old friends and enjoy an afternoon of old jazz.
The NJ team and many helpers deserve a huge round of applause and thanks for pulling out all the stops to ensure we all had a safe and fun afternoon.

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January 2022 Newsletter

January Newsletter

Welcome to the January NJ newsletter.

Due to the current Covid 19 rules announced by the Welsh government last Friday, we have sadly had to postpone our scheduled performance on Thursday 20th. Jan. with Dom Norcross band and Elaina Hoss. We hope to rebook them at a later date, possibly in May, as we have booked a really strong line up of live jazz events each month until then. If you have already booked an advance ticket, we will offer you a full refund or credit for tickets to a future event of your choice.

BUT  We would like you to come to The Plas on the 20th to  support our efforts to keep jazz alive in these difficult times. We are calling it :-

Narberth Jazz SUPPORTERS NIGHT

Although without a band but with a chance to chat and enjoy some recorded music and possibly video clips. Of course you would be welcomed to join as a member, or renew your membership for 2022.

Please Note A maximum 30 people, please wear a mask and stay socially distanced. Table service for drinks.

Please Note

Our first ‘Jazz in the Afternoon’ at The Dingle is relocated to The Hwb, the new bar at The Old School site by the car park in Narberth . The date and time remain the same, 2pm Thursday 27th. January when I will start things off and introduce some examples of the fun side of jazz and I hope you will be able to join us for a couple of hours of music and conversation. Tea, coffee, cakes, and booze are available.

We hope to continue these afternoon sessions with intriguing inputs from members and friends. Gordon Barry has promised to host the next Jazz In The Afternoon event in February with a reminder of the why and who of ‘Now We Has Jazz’ and we hope that others will join in this monthly chance to get together to explore  the wonderful world of Jazz

Now looking forward to live events in the spring :

February sees the return (Covid permitting) of the lively Django style band HOT CLUB GALLOIS

Who conjures up the swirling dance halls of 1940’s Paris with a heady mix of Django Reinhardt classics, swing-flavoured jazz standards and Hot Club Gallois originals. An irresistible mix of fiery violin, lyrical vocals, virtuosic guitar and stomping bass, you won’t want to stay in your seat. https://www.hotclubgallois.com/

Our March event is the first time we have been able to invite

 THE COLTRANE DEDICATION QUINTET 

The Coltrane Dedication Quintet is a collective of musicians who recognise the emotional power of the later music of John Coltrane and use those compositions as their own springboard for creating a powerful, engaging, passionate music.

 The band is drawn from a pool of top Welsh players and always comprise of two sax players (usually doubling on tenor & soprano, and tenor & baritone), Bass, Piano and Drums. I don’t know the full line up yet but I have been told that the pianist will be the marvellous Dave Jones.

https://coltranededication.co.uk/index.php

A few suggestions for your online listening:

If you enjoy the music of casually righteous New Orleans band Tuba Skinny, I recently discovered a station playing them 24 hours a day! https://laut.fm/1-tubaskinny  That is a German station with a host of other genres available.

Here is an hour of Dizzy Gillespie with an all star band of American and European players including Tony Coe and Ronnie Scott.

Lastly an Earl Hines solo show at Nice Jazz Fest. 1975 running through some of his compositions, still fleet fingered at 71.

That’s almost all folks – Just a reminder that we would love to hear what you have to say about NJ.

Stay Safe.

Declan and the NJ team

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