The honour of playing the opening gig at the Brecon Jazz Festival this year goes to Dave Stapleton’s Quintet (Christ’s College Stage, Friday August 6th, 6pm) , caught on video above in Zagreb.
We asked Dave to talk about a few gigs about he’s particularly looking forward to hearing once he steps off stage:
Jason Yarde and Andrew McCormack (Brecon Cathedral, Friday, 10.30pm)
I first saw Andrew and Jason at the Banlieues Blues Festival in Paris last April. I though that gig was fantastic and am looking forward to to hearing them again.
I was bowled over by their arrangements, and think that they are two of the most interesting musicians in the UK.
Phronesis (Roland Stage, Christ College, Saturday, 3.30pm)
Since working with Jasper, Anton and Ivo on their new their album ‘Alive’ , I’ve listened to their music loads, but to seeing them live is something else!
The music grabs you and the communication between each of them is so unique. Ivo Neame is one of my favourite fellow pianists – his phrasing and touch is just incredible! With the launch of their new album, I guarantee this one should not be missed!
Keith Tippett and Julie Tippetts (Theatr Brycheiniog, Sunday, 3pm)
Keith has been a massive influence on me and since meeting him at the Welsh College have worked with him many times on album projects, live projects as well as scoring some of music into Sibelius. Julie has written some lyrics for me on some of my music too. Having spent time with them and got to know them as friends it is really special to hear them make music out of nothing! They are truly extraordinary, and two of the best improvisers around.
Plus there’s Hugh Masekela, Erik Truffaz, Hypnotic Brass, Andy Sheppard, Gwilym Simcock, Kit Downes, Magnus Lindgren, Dave Newton, Get the Blessing, Scott Hamilton……
HERE’S THE FESTIVAL’S SITE WITH THE FULL PROGRAMME