Titley jazz festival's fifth year

The fifth Titley jazz festival in Powys this July features Clark Tracey, Anita Wardell and Art Themen plus a crew of Titley regulars

Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, Titley Jazz Festival returns from 25 to 27 July, featuring 14 bands across three days including drummer Clark Tracey (pictured), vocalist Anita Wardell and saxophonist Art Themen.

The non-profit festival takes place in the Rodd Estate, near Presteigne, Powys, with music held in the marquee ranging from duos to big bands.

The Brownfield/Byrne Quintet kick things off at 12 noon on Friday 25 July, playing the music of Duke Ellington with guest Alan Barnes on reeds. This is followed at 4pm by Titley regulars the King/Pearce Quintet then trumpeter Steve Waterman at 7pm, with Friday’s music concluded by Anita Wardell at 9.30pm, singing the songs of Johnny Mandel with the Alan Barnes Octet.

Saturday’s sessions are opened by the Clark Tracey Festival Quintet at 11am, featuring Simon Allen on tenor saxophone, Steve Waterman on trumpet and Dave Newton on piano, followed by the Jim Mullen Organ Trio at 1.30pm. Art Themen’s “New Directions” follow at 4pm, featuring Laura Jurd on trumpet. Saturday night’s performances include Titley regular saxophonist Don Weller and his quartet.

The final sessions on Sunday (12 noon to 10.30pm) include the National Youth Jazz Orchestra playing the music of Duke Ellington and Count Basie, and trumpeter Enrico Tomasso’s “Salute to Satch”, with a closer by the Titley Jazz Sextet.

All-day tickets start at £47, with tickets for individual sessions also available, and a weekend ticket costing £118. On-site parking and camping is available, plus hot and cold food, 30 different real ales on offer and a cider bar.

Find out more at titleyjazz.com where booking forms can also be downloaded (alternatively phone David Masters on 01544 260119).

Sally Evans-Darby

Photo by Brian Payne

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