June 2022 News letter


Sunny June greetings to all NJ newsletter subscribers and a special welcome to new members. May’s live show which featured 3 of Wales best musicians and singer Jane Williams, was sadly under attended, but nevertheless they gave us a fine show of musical brilliance, playing many nostalgic numbers from the past.

The audience showed their appreciation and enjoyed the singing of Jane Williams and authentic improvisation of Keith and Gethins playing.

This month our team tramped the streets of Narberth and Templeton delivering fliers to encourage attendance at the gigs and afternoon music and chat sessions, but that did not result in increased interest, and so we have reluctantly decided to discontinue the afternoon events. Thank you to those who braved the barking dogs and posted through letterboxes.


This month’s live evening will be on Thursday 16th June and features Dominic Norcross, the sax wielding fireman and Elaina Hoss. She sings in the evening and her day job is nursing.

They are both members of the popular party band Numbers Racket as well as respected jazzers who happen to live in our community. Joining the locals will be John Paul Gard on Hammond organ, who comes from Bristol to be with us and has released  several CD’s under his own name. This same band played last year for the streamed event we held during lockdown at the Queens Hall and was booked to play in January at the Plas, but that had to be moved to this June date due to virus restrictions. Playing in an easy mainstream style, reminiscent of Zoot Sims and Stan Getz, Dom’s sax is sure to please. Please head to the website for tickets and more information www.narberthjazz.wales/events

Where you can also order advance tickets for  our fabulous GARDEN PARTY on the 21st July. Once again we will have the beautiful garden of Lampeter House at our disposal for this great event thanks to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Williams. There will be food and drinks available, but you are welcome to bring your own if you wish. The music will be supplied by 6 piece swing band No Mean Biscuit and a special performance from American saxophonist Peter Fraize playing with ATLANTICUS.

Jazz Across the Pond could refer to the garden venue which we enjoy, but here it refers to the band ATLANTICUS who are a unique British-American musical partnership bringing together two powerfully distinct musical personalities, US saxophonist Peter Fraize and UK organist Terry Seabrook, to explore their common interest in the rich transatlantic heritage of jazz.

The music is mostly original, spanning a stylistic spectrum from the hard bop blowout of  ‘Blue Haven’, the modal explorations of ‘That’s What’, the boogaloo of ‘Swank’, and the Afro-Cuban reimagining of the Bobby Timmons classic ‘Moanin’’.

I do hope you can come to this special event on 21st July and I have attached a poster which I hope you will print and display to reach a wide audience. Thank you.

If you would like to help on the day please call our jazz line 07778 563334. You may have to leave a message.


We are making plans for the Autumn now which include a special family show at Narberth Primary School about the classic female singers called

Time travelling with the jazz queens              

Tenby Jazz brunches are back at the Imperial Hotel in July https://tenbyjazz.co.uk/

Aberjazz have information on their festival here https://www.aberjazz.com/

The BBC covered Cheltenham Jazz Fest you can relive some acts here https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001770q/jazz-all-stars-cheltenham-jazz-at-25

Our Facebook page needs people to like it, please do take a look and leave anything you would like to tell us.

Meanwhile I look forward to seeing you at a gig soon

Declan and the NJ team

May 2022 News Letter

Your May News Letter.

Spring greetings to all music lovers.

Welcome to those who have recently joined Narberth Jazz. Thank you, your £15 will be used to bring more Music to more people who enjoy the music that we love.

We are having a push on the ‘Jazz In The Afternoon’ sessions at The Dingle with printed fliers which we intend to deliver to local houses in central Narberth.

This is what they look like.

We hope that if you know anyone who would enjoy a social afternoon with fellow music lovers, you would call in for a while on one of these dates. Bring some music if you like, and we can play it and start a discussion.

Better than election stuff!

We try and get our news out to everyone via the social media and we would welcome your views on our Facebook page   www.facebook.com/narberthjazz

You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram.


Aberjazz had a concert recently at Rhosygilwen featuring saxophonist Trish Clewes but I missed it. If you attended we would love to know if you enjoyed it. The tickets for the Festival are now on sale here   https://www.aberjazz.com/en/html/Tickets.html

Our member Martyn Oughton’s latest show for Pure West Radio is really worth a listen, and you can catch up here   https://player.autopod.xyz/164958?fbclid=IwAR1x_HunwM7GhiVeKl7WirPaRoPpGI8MwYKOtbf5rF8WL2EkznxwuDaIOzI

Long link address!

BBC Radio 2 has been celebrating Jazz with shows from The Cheltenham Jazz Festival and celebrity playlists   https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/brand/m000vzr5

Our live event this month is a nostalgic delve into the music of piano masters like Earl Hines and Fats Waller with stride pianist and veteran bandleader Keith Little. His trio features Wales busiest trumpeter Gethin Liddington, a superb player who also leads his own swing band. With just the bass and trumpet dueting the the bass keeping the pulse can be mesmerising. (Think louis and Earl on Weatherbird). Here is a taste of our trio at Cafe Jazz.   https://youtu.be/5I99s8AmnHk

On June 16th local hero Dominic Norcross brings his Quartet featuring the funky organist John Paul Gard and singer Elaina Hoss. It was a year ago, this band did an online concert at The Queens Hall  for us, which is still available on Youtube    https://youtu.be/KMo02LUVWow

Our Garden Party will return on July 21st at Lampeter House by kind permission of Mr. and Mrs. Williams with 2 exciting bands and an American star. Volunteers will be needed for stewarding, so to offer your time for this day, please call on our exclusive number 07778 563334.

Thank you for your contributions large and small, together we can enrich the musical offering locally.

Tickets and information on all activities click at   www.narberthjazz.wales

Declan and the team


April 2022 News letter

April 2022 News letter

Welcome to the NJ news,

Firstly the ‘back office’ activity, which is nevertheless important to tell you. Our chair has modified our constitution to conform to charity rules and we can now announce that we are now officially A CHARITABLE INCORPORATED ORGANISATION. It does not change the way we work, but it does protect our trustees from personal liability, and more importantly it opens the way for us to obtain funding to do the unprofitable side of our work. (youth band and jazz in care homes etc.) As soon as our status was confirmed, an application for funding was completed so that, if successful we will be able to carry out our plans. This has meant a busy time for our chair, so big thanks to Ben!

Our overworked treasurer, Gordon has now got help to simplify the ticket booking system and overcome the current problem dealing with iphone bookings and we are looking at ways to help you get what you want from your membership of Narberth Jazz. If you have yet to become a member, I urge you to do so now, as it is important for us to show we have a demand for jazz in Pembrokeshire – and your £15 will not only support live jazz but contribute towards our Care Homes Project and the setting up a Narberth Youth Band

We intend to join the Jazz Promotion Network soon to improve the opportunities for top class artists to tour in Wales, and hopefully come and play for us.


Our March event with The Coltrane Dedication Quintet turned out to be one of the best evenings that we have held so far. They brought highly skilled minds to bear on Coltrane’s tunes with great skill and imagination. The large audience gave them a heroes send off and we will ask them to come again.

On Thursday 21st. April we are pleased to have one of Wales greatest entertainers, the singer JEFF HOOPER who has gained a huge reputation singing the great American classic songbook with his own groups and has featured with the BBC Big Band on many occasions. Jeff  developed his talent as a singer with the famous Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Jeff likes to give really well presented shows with entertaining dialogue, and combined with his magnificent singing this has made him a popular figure on the music scene. Not just lists of songs, but fully developed shows. His work is prolific, with overseas concert tours, weekly radio shows, luxury cruises and regular performances across Britain and beyond in some of the world’s top jazz clubs, concert halls and cabaret spots. For us, on 21st April he will present an intimate take on the songs with The John Gibbon Trio.

Tickets from the website www.narberthjazz.wales/events

If you would like to book a meal, please call the Plas Hotel on 01834 869006

The following week Thursday 28th.April we will hold our Jazz In The Afternoon at The Dingle Inn, Jesse Road Narberth with a presentation from NJ member Martyn Oughton, who also presents a monthly wide ranging jazz programme on Pure West Radio, called

Jazz Box. Which can be found here https://www.purewestradio.com/podcasts

Please come along at 2pm for music and conversation- not just music- but interesting chat about what’s on our minds. (Excluding virus and war!)

On Thursday 19th. May we welcome back the pianist KEITH LITTLE with his trio and singer Jane Williams

Keith Little – piano, Gethin Liddington – trumpet, Don ‘donnie joe’ Sweeney – double bass, and Jane Williams – vocals. Keith has recently returned from an extended stay in Munich, and we are delighted to have him back.

On Thursday 16th June The DOM NORCROSS Quartet with organist John Paul Gard and singer Elaina Hoss, which which was scheduled for January, but the virus meant we had to defer them until now.

On 14th April Aberjazz have the Transatlantic Hotclub with Ben Creighton-Griffiths in Peppers

28th April, Trish Clowes and My Iris at Rhos-Y-Gilwen www.aberjazz.com

Not jazz related but I wanted to flag up that the marvellous No Fit State Circus is back in the Shire from 8th. To 23rd.April with an unmissable treat for all ages at Withybush Showground. It really is a fantastic show. Tickets here www.notfitstate.org/sabotage

If you are a fan of the young New Orleanian Street band Tuba Skinny, you might like to know that they have a new album of self penned tunes which you can hear here:- https://tubaskinny.bandcamp.com/ Also to be found on Bandcamp are a host of good jazz albums that you can stream and buy, including Mark Kavuma’s Banger Factory and Nubia Garcia, young British artists of the moment.

Please join us on Facebook Twitter and Instagram where you could leave pictures and messages etc.

I have attached a poster for this month in case you can print it and display in your local shop /garage/ village. Thanks That’s all for now – happy Jazzing

Declan and the NJ team

March 2022 News Letter

NJ News March 2022

Spring Greetings Jazz people I hope you are enjoying the hopeful signs of life returning to the Shire with the snowdrops and daffs nodding through the rain.

The two February NJ events were both excellent fun and enjoyed by many, especially the return after 5 years of the marvellous Hot Club Gallois who blew the capacity crowd
away with their Django style music. Violinist Xenia certainly captured the hearts of many of us with her vivacious presence and thrilling playing, with the two superb guitarists evoking the gypsy jazz virtuosity of Mr. Reinhardt.

Our jazz afternoon record session was hosted by the tireless Gordon Barry and enjoyed by the attenders at the Dingle Inn.

The next afternoon for your diary is on March 24th when our host will be the indefatigable Tudor Thomas who will feature great trumpeters of the classic years.

We have to apologise for the problem our website has in processing payments from Apple devices. We are unable to resolve this until we complete the process of registering as a Community Interest Organisation which will take some time as the bureaucracy involved moves slowly. Meanwhile I suggest that if you use an Apple phone or device normally,  please call our dedicated number 07778 563334 and I will take your bookings to be paid for at the door.

We are excited to have The Coltrane Dedication Quintet on Thursday 17th March, not only because this is a rare chance to enjoy the music of a great 20th. century music master, but because this band is composed of some of the very best jazzmen in Wales. Lyndon Owen – Tenor & Soprano Saxophones, Caractacus Downes – Tenor & Baritone Saxophones, Dave Jones – Piano, Ashley John Long-  Double Bass, Ian Poole – Drums Dave Jones is the only member we have previously seen here as the leader of his own group, and we know him as a pianist and composer of extraordinary brilliance who is now recognised by the jazz world in England as well as here. Ian Poole the drummer plays in 7Steps, paying tribute to Miles Davis as well as being a renowned Drum teacher. Lyndon Owen is a composer and saxman with a vast catalogue of experience in bands and orchestras Caractucus Downes Tenor sax here but he also plays piano and bass, he has been involved in classical music for many years. His playing is of course rooted in John Coltrane’s music. Ashley John Long is an award-winning virtuoso double bassist and composer. The the band is collective, founded in 2007, when a quintet of musicians who decided to dedicate their mission to the music they loved Coltrane’s ‘later period’, from 1960 to 1967, an era that take in such landmark Coltrane albums as “Giant Steps”, “Olé”, “Ascension” and, of course, “A Love
Supreme”.“Coltrane Dedication definitely approach JC’s music in the spirit of the man himself. I recommend their skilled and passionate updating of the Coltrane legacy to adventurous jazz listeners everywhere”– Ian Mann, The Jazzman 2020 We realise that the music of John Coltrane is not everyone’s cup of tea, but we hope that you will
come and enjoy revisiting the music that inspired so many people who came after him.
Book here, (not using Apple) https://narberthjazz.wales/event/the-coltrane-dedication-quintet/
We will hold a brief AGM at 7pm if you would like to take part, please come early.  —————–——————————————————————————–

We are still looking to increase our membership which is crucial to our future as Narberth Jazz, so if you have recently joined or re-joined, we thank you sincerely. If not, we hope you will consider joining now  and supporting us to serve the area with a diverse range of music into the future.

Other Jazz in the Shire:   
Aberjazz present a night of swing with ‘Swinging Bill’s Vintage Revue’ at Letterston Hall on March 12th. https://www.aberjazz.com/

Tenby Jazz is returning with their famous jazz brunches at the Imperial hotel Tenby in July https://tenbyjazz.co.uk/I know that Haverhub want to include jazz in their future programme, so keep an eye out here https://haverhub.org.uk/

Stay well and be hopeful that peace will come

Declan and the NJ team

February News Letter

Hello Jazz friends,

Thank you for staying with us through this time of no gigs. Now that the party season is over in Downing street we can offer a programme of live events with the hope that they will be allowed to go ahead.

The first item I must bring to your attention is the little matter of support in the shape of our annual membership which is now due if you have yet to join or rejoin. This is really important, not just for the fee which keeps us afloat, but the fact that with a healthy number of members we can show funders that we are worth their attention. Last year we were nearly 100 strong and our target this year is 200. Would you please help and show your support for live jazz in Pembrokeshire with a commitment of just £15?

Just click here to complete the process https://narberthjazz.wales/event/membership-renewal/

Not only will you get at least £1 off at each live show, but also the occasional ‘members only’ event and the right to vote at the AGM which will be in March, and that will be your chance to vote us out and run NJ yourselves! Plus the warm feeling of supporting live music in the area.

Our next show at The Plas Hotel is with HOT CLUB GALLOIS which I am sure will please many people as these players are dedicated to giving their audience an authentic Django experience. Xenia Porteous, is a perfect lyrical violinist standing in for Stephane Grappelli, along with Richard Jones and Luke Archard, guitars and Mike Morgan on bass.

This show is at a special low price ticket to ensure everyone can come, and get back into live music again.


We held our first Jazz in the Afternoon at The Hwb, Narberth on 27th. January, which was an interesting start to the new series which is especially for those who are not able to get out in the evening. The venue proved less than ideal, as the separation from mums and babies in the main room was leaking in to our area.

We will continue the series on Thursday 24th Feb. at The Dingle Club in Jesse Road and Gordon Barry will present a selection of tunes on the theme of ‘Now We Has Jazz’ A look at the hundred + years of jazz history with particular thoughts on piano jazz. Should be good.


The good folks at Aberjazz in Fishguard have a swing show at Letterston coming up on 12th March. Information here https://www.aberjazz.com/ I hope that a few people can go and see this show to assess if we should book them in here.


In March we will have THE COLTRANE DEDICATION QUINTET which will be a treat for many modern jazz fans. Coltrane Dedication was borne out of coincidence and recognition; coincidence that the five original band members were due to jam together and realised the gig was on the 40th anniversary of John Coltrane’s death so decided to dedicate that night’s repertoire completely to his catalogue, and recognition that the emotional platform that this exceptional music provides seemed somewhat buried. Why? Well, there is absolutely no doubting the integrity and execution of Coltrane’s work, and his influence on musicians ever since, and well beyond the confines of ‘jazz’ music.

In April we will welcome back The John Gibbon trio, who this time will accompany one of the top big band singers, Jeff Hooper. He is singing with a brass section in Swansea this   Friday https://www.swanseajazz.co.uk/

Recently he has been touring with the BBC big band https://www.jeffhooper.co.uk/

The May show is not organised yet but The DOM NORCROSS BAND who were postponed from last month, is now Playing for our June show, with singer Elaina Hoss.

That’s all for this month, stay well and we look forward to seeing you soon.

If you no longer want to receive these emails, just send me a reply with the word unsubscribe.                                               Thanks.

Declan and the NJ team

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

Early December update.

So 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.

Now for the next delights to present to you in the New Year —

20th January – Dom Norcross Quartet with Elaina Hoss at Plas Hotel, Narberth.

17th February – Hot Club Gallois at the Plas Hotel, Narberth.

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..

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