Early December update

December 2021

Hello N Jazz People,

3rd. NJ News in a month – what’s going on you may ask. I would reply that there has been lots of Jazz action. The Salute to Humphrey Lyttleton was a nail biter for us until the last minute, but you came out in droves despite the Covid problems, so a big salute to you! As it says on the website it was worth the worry and we thank all who helped to make it happen. There are also some good gig pictures on the website too. www.narberthjazz.wales The tour goes on with dates in Devon Hampshire and Sussex until Sunday 5th. December.  https://www.chrishodgkins.co.uk/bandsgigs/3221-2/

Pete Hurt and Henry Lowther

This Thursday 2nd. December will be our final chance to present live jazz this year and it features PETE HURT with trumpeter  JANOSCH CARMELO with the John Gibbon trio. John planned this tour to honour two great players who have recently passed on and have played for us in Narberth – saxman Willie Garnett and his long time friend and pianist Phil Meades.

You can find out more about them and get tickets from  www.narberthjazz.wales

That is quite enough mentions of the blooming website. Ed

The trio will feature Jim Barber, a pianist who has not played here before but is well known figure in Welsh jazz circles as the leader of several bands, so we know the piano is in good hands. Please order in advance if you can.

As we near the end of the year, it’s time to appeal to you to join or renew your membership and help us to continue to bring good live music to Narberth. The cost is kept as low as possible at just £15 (minimum), but we encourage you to give more if you can afford to. With your help we will be able to carry out the projects we have planned for next year. We will have an AGM in early spring when you can have your say in our past and future.

  • We are recruiting now for a youth band. { Percussion workshop 10am -12noon Friday 3rd. December}
  • We plan to take jazz events into local care homes.
  • Jazz Afternoons in local cafes for older folk who do not do evenings.

We are currently looking for more volunteers to join the organising group, so please let us know if you are interested and have a little time to spare. Meetings are usually enjoyable catch ups once a month in Narberth (or nearby) in each others homes with excellent snacks. email or call on 07778 5643334.

The London jazz festival is in full swing, and despite a very dissapointing TV showing of the first night, I reccomend the Radio 3 broadcast of much more interesting music last week https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0011s83

Dates for Jazz at the Plas 2022

Thursday 20th January – Dom Norcross quartet with Elaina Hoss

Thursday 17th. February – Hot Club Gallois

We look forward to seeing you next Thursday.

Declan and the NJ crew

07988 666054

Narberth Jazz Club


November 2021 updates

Updates for November 2021

Greetings Jazzophiles

The second Narberth Jazz news this month because I need to tell you about things that I could not know when I sent the last one.

  1. If you have purchased tickets for our Salute To Humph this Friday we have been unlucky enough to be the first Queens Hall show to come under the new Welsh Covid19 rules. This means that you will have to show a valid Covid Pass to gain entry. You can get a pass by clicking here  https://gov.wales/get-your-nhs-covid-pas
  2. Unexpectedly we have some tickets left for this amazing presentation, so if you have yet to get a ticket, just come to the door by 7.30pm (with your pass) and you will be able to enjoy the show
  3. Our next show at the Plas Hyfryd will be on Thursday December 2nd. and is to remember two great British musicians who have recently left us, Phil Meades and Willie Garnett. Pete Hurt and Janosch Carmello will front the John Gibbon Trio for our last show this year.
  4. On the morning of Friday December 3rd. John Gibbon will hold a drum workshop to start our Youth Band project at 10am to 12noon. If you know any young musicians who would like to take part, please call me on 07778 563334.
  5. We would like to expand our organising group so I wonder if you would consider joining in to help us work on the exciting projects that we have in mind. It will only be one meeting a month which is held in local members houses with refreshments worth turning up for! You could attend a meeting and decide later, just call me on the number above for a chat.
  6. First show of 2022 will be The Dom Norcross Quartet with Elaina Hoss, Hot sax and cool vocals, on Thursday 20th. January. For February we hope to have The Hot Club Gallois , Gypsy Jazz at its most joyous.

That’s all for now – Keep swinging

Declan and NJ Team



This is the most ambitious and exciting show, and we are proud to present

A SALUTE TO HUMPHREY LYTTLETON in partnership with the Queens Hall, Narberth on Friday 19th November to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth.
The 10-piece band led by trumpeter Chris Hodgkins features fine mainstream players from UK and USA, including trumpet star Henry Lowther. The band will play many of his original compositions and arrangements as well as new pieces composed especially for the tour.

A travelling exhibition on Humph’s life and times will also accompany the tour
and will consist of a multi-media presentation and visual archive display based on Humph’s writings and journals.

Please tell your friends and family about this great show which is the exclusive Welsh date! (other dates available in England!)
Tickets are available now from our website www.narberthjazz.wales/events

Many of us knew Humph as the hilariously deadpan chairman of ‘I’m Sorry I
Haven’t a Clue’. But the much-loved broadcaster was also an exemplary and
influential jazz musician. Louis Armstrong dubbed him ‘the top trumpet man in
England today’, and not without reason. A master of his instrument as well as
several others, he spearheaded the post-war traditional jazz revival in Britain,
later forming his own band that set the standard for British jazz for several decades.
This event is the closest we can now get to an iconic figure and will help younger people to appreciate his importance to the British jazz scene after the second world war.

Please note: It seems likely that all attenders will have to provide proof of Covid status to gain entrance to venues due to high rates of infections in Wales at this time

John Gibbon will be back to celebrate the lives of two other stalwarts of British jazz on Thursday December 2nd

On Friday 3rd the first workshop for aspiring drummers for our Youth Band project.
Details will follow later.

Declan and the NJ team