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 :-


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 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.


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