First acts announced for Brecon 2014




Brecon Jazz Festival’s 30th incarnation will pay tribute to its roots with a line-up featuring big band Loose Tubes and Warren Vaché

The first names have been announced for this year’s Brecon Jazz Festival, which celebrates its 30th year from 8 to 10 August. In a nod to its roots, the popular Welsh festival will feature big band Loose Tubes (pictured), trumpeter Warren Vaché who will appear with saxophonist Alan Barnes, and local band Mike Harries and the Root Doctors.

Warren Vaché and Cardiff-based Mike Harries were both present at the first Brecon Jazz Festival in 1984, while Loose Tubes made an appearance there in 1985.

A “new-generation” Loose Tubes will be celebrating their own 30th anniversary in 2014, and for their Brecon performance will feature the likes of Django Bates, Iain Bellamy, Julian Argüelles, Martin France, Chris Batchelor, Eddie Parker and Ashley Slater.

A fourth act confirmed to appear at the 30th Brecon celebrations is singer-songwriter Laura Mvula, winner of Best Female Act and Best R&B or Soul Artist at the 2013 MOBO Awards.

Director of Orchard (who have organised the festival for the last two years) Pablo Janczur said: “We had a great year in 2013, with 20% growth in ticket sales, and we hope to keep building that momentum through the 30th anniversary year of this great international festival . . . We want to make this a special year for Brecon Jazz and the people of the town who provide us with such great support.”   

Over the past 30 years Brecon Jazz Festival has welcomed a host of leading jazz names including Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Stephane Grappelli, Cleo Laine and Wynton Marsalis.

The full 2014 programme will be announced on 26 February with tickets available from 28 February through breconjazz.com.

Sally Evans-Darby

Photo by Allan Titmuss


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