Summer jazz in Powys




This year's three-day Titley Jazz Festival in Powys, Wales features tributes to Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and Django Reinhardt plus the usual hog roast and real ale

The fourth annual Titley Jazz Festival takes place from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 July, with a mixture of bebop and modern jazz as well as several tributes to some jazz greats.

Hosted at the relatively compact venue of Rodd Estate, Presteigne, in Powys, with an average audience size of 500, the festival features new and returning artists from duos to big bands.

Opening the festival on Friday are the Titley Jazz Septet which features Alan Barnes (saxophone), Steve Waterman (trumpet) and Dave Newton (piano). Having started out as a quintet at the inaugural festival, the group is expanding in membership and sound each year. Friday's line-up also features British Standard Time with multi-instrumentalist Chris Biscoe (pictured right) heading the four-piece group, a tribute to Elvin Jones and Martin Drew featuring Steve Melling on piano, and a tribute to Miles Davis.

Saturday's programme features a saxophone tribute to Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon, followed by the Steve Melling Quintet. De Jong's Cleyndert's, a regular at the festival, features Andy Cleyndert on bass with Colin Oxley, known for his long association with Stacey Kent, on guitar. After a Django Reinhardt tribute, the evening ends with a male/female vocal performance from Zoe Gilby (pictured left) and A.J. Brown.

A tribute to Gerry Mulligan kicks things off on Sunday, followed by the Stan Tracey Sextet and a tribute to Tubby Hayes from Simon Spillett, with the festival's 'house band' wrapping things up on Sunday evening.

Other features of the festival include on-site camping, hog roast, plus a real ale and cider bar.

Day tickets start from £42; find out more and book your tickets at titleyjazz.com.

Sally Evans-Darby


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