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Jazz in Wales

Ben Thomas - Trumpet
Originally from Tenby in Pembrokeshire,
Ben began playing the trumpet aged seven years old.
He studied jazz at the Welsh College Of Music And Drama where he received tuition from influential pianist and composer Keith Tippet as well as Julie Driscoll, Paul Dunmall, Tony Levin, Lee Goodall and Dylan Fowler plus top trumpeters such as Henry Lowther, Andy Everton and Terence Lax, to name but a few.

Esmond Selwyn  If you listened to his recordings blind, you might think Pablo Records had uncovered yet another unreleased Joe Pass session, but no, this is by Welsh guitarist Esmond Selwyn. Selwyn’s playing has superficial resemblances to Pass in the thoughtful single note picking and the rippling flourishes at the ends of lines but the liner notes of this CD instead cite Tal Farlow and George Van Eps as his main influences, and you can hear that. On tracks like “Lover Man” and “Easy Living” he does full-blown, splashy rhapsodising like Farlow but on others, like “Cheek To Cheek” and “The Song Is Ended,” he plays with the compressed rhythmic chug of a ‘20s player like Eps, a style that bears a vague resemblance to the spiky brutalities of Derek Bailey though the end sound bears no resemblance. Selwyn’s treatment of “All The Things You Are” may be his most striking work here

Splinter - Cardiff Trio
Recently formed contemporary jazz artists Chris Gilligan, Chris Hyson & Gethin Jones have come together to play and perform new vibrant and energetic music.  Originals and arranged jazz Jtandards. Already supported The Neil Cowley Trio, Acoustic Ladyland and playing across Europe,

Swansea Jazzland

Wales' premier '
Live Jazz' Club featuring the best of local, national and international musicians in an intimate setting.

Swansea Jazz Club St. James Social Club, St. James Crescent, Uplands, Swansea.

The website contains a detailed programme of forthcoming events at Swansea Jazzland plus information regarding how to get there and a Swansea Jazzland Hall of Fame!!

Jazz @ Dempsey's - Cardiff





Porthcawl Jazz Festival
11-13 April 08
Llangollen Jazz Festival
9 - 11 May 08
Torfaen Jazz in The Park (Pontypool)  2006
31 Aug - 2 Sept 07 - 01633 668239





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