Brecon Jazz Festival Photography 2018
August saw the 35th year of the Brecon Jazz Festival, now a much more compact festival than in the past. Previously the festival was a much larger International affair that ultimately could not be maintained financially. 

Brecon Jazz Festival Images

Brecon Jazz Music Festival 2018
Adam Glasser Image
Elaine Delmar Brecon

Under the guidance and inspiration of Lynne Gornall and Roged Cannon the festival continues in the spirit of the past offering a programme of varied jazz from the UK and further. This year featuring artists from the Czech Republic, South Africa and Colombia. 

Opening with the guitar duo of Trefor Owen and Andy Hulme with their unqiue approach to improvisation. Andy Humle is an acclaimed guitarist based in Manchester but touring regularly throughout the UK. Trefor Owen is a renowned guitar tutor and performer with a repertoire influenced by the late George Shearing. 

Vocalist and pianist Ian Shaw appeared on the St Mary's stage in St Mary's Church in support of the charity Side by Side of which Ian is a trustee that supports humanitarian aid to refugees. A native of St Asaph who is equally adept as a comedian having previously worked the alternative comedy circuit. His humopur integrating with his unique compositional, vocal and piano style. 
Ian Shaw Photography
Josephine Davies
Maite Hontele Images

The Festival Big Band directed by Gareth Roberts closed the day with a varied programme of big band jazz featuring charts from Count Basie et al.

Brecon Jazz Futures presented their programme of a new generation of young jazz artists featuring the Manchester Connection comprising the Untold Orchestra and Artephis directed by Jame Girling and Aaron Wood. The Tom Smith Septet followed with a varied set of "straight ahead" jazz delivered with energy, enthusiasm and creative soloing. 

Maite Hontele's Sounds of Cuba with the Eliane Correa ensemble, featuring some of the finest UK based Cuban style musicians offered a varied programme of Cubano, Son, and Balero influenced music. 

The Pavel Zlamal Quartet PQ were joined by Rod Paton (french horn) and Xenia Porteous (violin) for a set of their own compositions drawn from a wide range of modern influences. 

For the final concert of the day, the South African Jazz Sextet directed by Adan Glasser presented a tribute to Hugh Masekela featuring his brand of township music and beyond. The sextet with Adam Glasser featuring on both harmonica and piano, Josephine Davies on tenor and Byron Wallen on trumpet was completed by a stellar young rhythm section of Rob Luft - guitar, Daisy George - bass and Corrie Dick - drums.

Sunday's concerts opened with sets from the Gerard Cousins Project and the Martha Skilton trio at Muse Arts. 

The Elaine Delmar Quintet featured a top class line up of Jim Mullen - guitar, Barry Green - piano, Simon Thorpe - bass and Bobby Worth on drums. Elaine, equally at home in the theatre, concert hall or night club has featured with Stephane Grappelli, Benny Carter, and Herb Ellis during her long career. 

As an homage to Toots Thielemans, Adam Glasser with his by now regular rhythm section of Rob Luft, Daisy George and Corrie Dick offered harmonica jazz from both Toots and other modern and contemporary composers. 

Satori, which in the Xen Buddhist tradition refers to the experience of seeing into ones true nature is also the name of the trio led by saxophonist Josephine Davies. variously described as spiritual, fluent and imaginative Josephine Davies is an accomplished improviser influenced by the likes of John Coltrane and Joe Henderson whose influences are subtly woven into her own style. Accompanied by Dave Whitford, bass and James Maddren drums Satori delivered a compelling set of both original and contemporary music. 

The Cloudmakers Trio combined two of the UK's foremost improvisors with vibraphonist Jim hart. David Smith - drums, and Michael Janisch - bass, demonstrated their ability to complement the intense vibes playing of Jim Hart in a unique performance featuring much original material. 

The finale of the Brecon Jazz Festival 2018 once again featured the Czech connection with the Paval Zlamal quartet joined by Jarda Stastny - piano, with guests Rod Paton - french horn, and Xenia Porteous - violin.