Preview: Swansea Jazz Festival

Swansea's Maritime Quarter plays host to the city's third international jazz festival, featuring Darius Brubeck, NYJO and the Pee Wee Ellis Funk Assembly

The third Swansea International Jazz Festival will be taking place over the weekend of 17 to 19 June, mixing big-name performers from the USA, Europe and Australia with local acts, workshops and free events.

The Dylan Thomas Theatre will host the festival's star concerts from acts such as the Alan Barnes Octet, the Pee Wee Ellis Funk Assembly, NYJO, Alec Dankworth’s Spanish Accents, Keith Ball and his Jazzmen and the Darius Brubeck Quartet (pictured right). Jazz workshops, a South Wales Schools Big Band workshop and concert and free events will also take place - the free fringe festival events are yet to be announced. The full programme will encompass around 50 events at 12 venues located in the Swansea Maritime Quarter.

Festival creative director Dave Cottle says “We have put together a strong and diverse programme for 2016 and a major coup in booking 360 - a very special 10-piece band featuring Average White Band founder members Hamish Stuart (pictured left), Malcolm ‘Molly’ Duncan and Steve Ferrone. They will be delivering their fantastic all-new album and a selection of their old AWB classics.”

Swansea's weekly jazz club, Swansea Jazzland, presents the festival in partnership with Arts Council of Wales, City and County of Swansea, University of Wales Trinity St David and media partners the South Wales Evening Post. Festival patron Sir Karl Jenkins commented “2015 saw the second Swansea Jazz Festival, of which I am proud to be patron. The event was a huge success. Swansea has no opera house, and no symphony orchestra, with little prospect of either being established in the near future, if ever. We can make Swansea ‘special’ and be proud of the ‘unique’ Swansea Jazz Festival."

Further information can be found at the Swansea International Jazz Festival website.

Tickets for the main events range from £10 to £25. Tickets can be booked (with no booking fee) at the Festival website.

Bruce Lindsay

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