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