Events, Dates and Details
Our first event, subject to Covid rules in place at the time will be a social evening for people to meet up after the enforced separation. It would be nice to have some players come along for a blow.
It will also be the first opportunity to become members of Narberth Jazz.
Thursday 24th June
Open session and social evening
Current Covid rules mean that we cannot gather inside, but the hotel has agreed that we can have a casual chat and drink outside on the terrace.
Thursday 15th July
The first actual performance event will be the formal launch of Narberth Jazz and is titled the JAZZ GARDEN PARTY at Lampeter House Lampeter Velfry on Thursday 15th. July when attenders will have the opportunity to join Narberth at an affordable cost.
Thursday 19th August
At the Plas Hotel Narberth
The Keith Marshall Band
featuring singer Sarah Benbow
(AKA ‘Swing Machine Little Big Band’)
Music director and pianist Keith Marshall is responsible for almost all of the instrumental and vocal arrangements for the band. He has written arrangements for a large variety of ensembles and popular groups in both studio and theatre,- including a winner of the BBC Big Band Competition- and played live gigs for many years on the South of England circuit. Keith has also featured in the hugely popular Sunday evening concerts at the Adeline Genée Theatre in Sussex leading the full Keith Marshall Orchestra/Big Band backing a host of different guest stars.
Some of Wales’ most in-demand and versatile ‘semi-pro’ musicians make up the band which last year were booked for the main stage at Brecon Jazz Festival, but weren’t able to make their debut because of the pandemic. Scott Pickrell heads up ontrumpet and flugelhornas outstanding leadat the top of the pile. John Rodge, on guitar, is, as always, articulate and impressive. Talented Chris Rose provides the bottom lineonbass guitar.Jazz breaks, improvisation and more when required are provided by Andy Jackson onalto sax and clarinet, stylist Chris Ryan on tenor and soprano saxes andclarinet, along with Keith on piano. The mellow sound on trombone is impressive expert Rob Owen. Percussionist/drummer is David James, one of Wales’ most capable drummers who has played for us many times.
Sarah Benbow is the vocalist. She is one of the outstanding personalities and voices in Wales and known for her classical career as much as her Jazz singing.
Thursday 24th September
Narberth Jazz moves to the HUB Haverfordwest to present the contemporary Welsh group DUSKI
Originally set up as a trio playing contemporary music they are now a groove based quartet with the best young Welsh players around. Duski have an original sound and feature bassist Aiden Thorne and guitarist
“Blurring the lines between jazz and more experimental rock” – Tim Hall
“Progressive jazz at its best”
Thursday 24th October
At the Plas Hotel Narberth
John Gibbon Quartet with guest soloist
Thursday 11th November
A very special presentation at The Queens Hall Narberth
SALUTE TO HUMPH
2021 sees the 100th anniversary of the birth of Humphrey Lyttelton, the doyen of British Jazz, who led the way for the jazz revival of the late 40s and 50s, and brought jazz to the mainstream with the first UK jazz record to reach the Top 20, ‘Bad Penny Blues’. Lyttelton was of course just as well-known for his broadcasting work, as the host of Radio 2’s The Best of Jazz and Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue.
‘Salute to Humph’ is led by jazz trumpeter Chris Hodgkins with an impressive ten-piece band featuring top UK and US musicians who will really do Humph’s music justice. The lineup is:
Chris Hodgkins– trumpet, Henry Lowther – trumpet,
Charlotte Glasson– sax, Diane McLoughlin– sax, Mark Bassey– trombone
Alison Rayner– double bass,Cheryl Alleyne– drums
And from the USA –Chris Johansen– sax, Jinjoo Yoo– piano, Wayne Wilkinson– guitar
The programme will also include new original music based on Lyttelton’s writings and journals. The National Jazz Archive and The Jazz Centre in Southend, who hold an archive of his private papers, instruments and other ephemera, are supporting the tour; a travelling exhibition on Humph’s life and times will accompany the band.
The show is a multimedia presentation and there will be a visual archive display during the performance.
The tour has the support of Susan da Costa, Humph’s long-time manager.
Thursday 2nd December
A tribute to Phil Meades