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wall2wall Jazz Festival
1st - 4th September 2016

BOX OFFICE

Thursday 1st September
The Angel Hotel

7pm for 7.30pm
The Festival Dinner
featuring Lee Gibson
and The Dave Cottle Trio

We are delighted to open our weekend of live jazz and fun with a Festival Dinner, featuring jazz vocalist Lee Gibson and The Dave Cottle Trio.

 

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Lee Gibson

 

Come, sit back, relax, enjoy a selection of delicious award winning food from a specially selected two course menu, whilst being entertained by some of the UK’s finest Jazz musicians.

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Friday 2nd September
The Melville Centre

6.15pm to 7.45pm
Kevin Fitzsimmons Quartet
featuring Leon Greening
The 'In' Crowd: Jazz in the Swinging 60s


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Kevin Fitzsimmons

Charismatic London-born singer/lyricist/songwriter Kevin Fitzsimmons is one of most individual male jazz voices to emerge on the UK jazz scene in recent times.

He regularly plays the top London jazz clubs, has enjoyed several jazz festival appearances including Cheltenham and has sung at Birdland Jazz Club, NYC.

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8.45pm to 10.15pm
Huw Warren Trio Brasil
plus Iain Ballamy

Huw Warren - Piano / Dudley Phillips - Bass / Zoot Warren - Drums / Iain Ballamy - Saxaphone

Trio Brasil is award winning Welsh pianist Huw Warren’s celebration of his  lifelong love affair with the music of Brazil.

They are joined by long time collaborator and master saxophonist Iain Ballamy,

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Trio Brasil

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Saturday 3rd September
The Melville Centre

11am to 12.15pm
TMC Gospel Choir
Gwent Music - Torfaen Music Centre

The TMC Gospel Choir was set up in 2005 and includes youngsters from the Torfaen, Abergavenny and Newport areas, with ages ranging from 6-19.

The choir have performed at many festivals and venues, including the Music For Youth School Proms at The Royal Albert Hall. The choir are delighted to be performing for the first time as part of the wall2wall Jazz Festival and hope you will enjoy their performance.

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1.15pm to 2.45pm
Gareth & Martha
'Reflecting the 40s'
Special Guest Naomi Rae

Duo of Cardiff-based Gareth Hall on piano and Martha Skilton on saxophones entertaining you with jazz standards from the 40's.

A very special treat with guest appearance from soulful singer Naomi Rae, Cardiff diva and star of the 9-piece band Colibri Soul!

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3.45pm to 5.15pm

Christian Garrick
and David Gordon
in concert

Christian Garrick, simply the world's finest jazz violinist, at home in a South Bank recital hall performing with great friend Nigel Kennedy, or a seedy jazz club, or even a seedy book store.

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David Gordon is a regular member of Christian’s quartet, a jazz vampire by night and a leading classical harpsichordist by day.

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6.15pm to 7.45pm

Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio

For 25 years, trombonist Dennis Rollins has played at the forefront of the UK jazz and funk scenes and was the founder/band leader of Badbone & Co.

He has accompanied some of the jazz/funk greats including Maceo Parker, Courtney Pine - and pop personalities such as Jamiroquai, The Brand New Heavies, Blur, Dionne Warwick and Tom Jones.

Velocity Trio features Hammond organ virtuoso Ross Stanley and fiery drummer Pedro Segundo.  Its unique line-up honours the jazz traditions while pushing it forward.

The electric energy of his more recently formed Velocity Trio covers a wide area, ranging from atmospheric ethereal melodies from Dennis Rollins' harmonised horn to terra firma straight-ahead jazz and groove.

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8.45pm to 10.15pm
Tango Jazz Quartet

The band mixes the melodic and rhythmic patterns of Tango with the harmonies and improvisation of Jazz..

The music frequently reflects the atmosphere common a few decades ago in Buenos Aires, where dancing evenings both with Tango Orchestras and Jazz Bands were organised - known as 'Tipica and Jazz'.

Tango Jazz have completed five international tours and they have played in the most important jazz clubs and festivals all over the world.

As a consequence of their strengthening in the European Jazz Scene, this sixth tour will take them to Switzerland, England & Wales, France, Belgium, Spain, Serbia, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria - including six performances in Jazz Festivals and fifteen in Jazz Clubs.

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Saturday 3rd September
The St Michael's Centre

11am to 1pm
Lee Gibson Vocal Workshop
Vocal Techniques of Performance
£10

Join jazz vocalist Lee Gibson and pianist Dave Jones for a lively participation session working on the vocal techniques of performance. Renowned for her inclusive, knowledgeable teaching style, you are guaranteed to learn from one of the best vocal teachers in the UK whilst having a fun afternoon.

Lee Gibson is Senior Professor of Jazz Vocals at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. ‘She is that rarity, a swinging singer who has also reached the highest standards of musicianship.’(Time Out).

Book your place for an inspirational session with Lee whilst she is here at the Abergavenny wall2wall Jazz festival.

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1.30pm to 3.30pm
Dennis Rollins Workshop
The Marriage Between Acoustic
and Electronic Instruments

£10

Dennis describes this as a ‘gather around’ workshop. 

Having worked extensively with electronic effects attached to the trombone, he will analyse his personal live setup, paying particular attention to the pure acoustic sound and after adding effects, look at the difference textures achievable and how/where to use them in the context of a band performance.

There’ll be an opportunity for a few workshop participants to experiment with the sound effects on their own instruments.

Brass and woodwind players welcome!

4pm to 5pm
Mini Movers Workshop
Rhythm & Music for Early Years
£3


Come along and join in a fun and friendly parent and toddler session where you can enjoy exploring rhythm, music and movement together through nursery rhymes and songs. The workshop will include use of puppets, props, parachutes, musical instruments and lots more.

Our Festival workshop will be run by Mini Movers, which organises local fun, lively and entertaining class for children, parents and carers.
As with regular classes, this workshop is ideal for those who want to share the enjoyment of music, singing and movement with their child.

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5.30pm to 7pm
Upbeat Music & Arts Workshop
Take the Samba Challenge
£3


Upbeat Music and Arts Service is based in Cwmbran, South Wales and works with schools, festivals and organisations to exceed expectations.  Their workshops aim to deliver experiences that raise skills, self–esteem, confidence and aspirations.

This 1.5 hour Samba session promises to be high energy and FUN for all ages!  Upbeat’s mission is to deliver high quality projects that are engaging, challenging and enjoyable. 

The goal for this session is to produce a band fit for performance at the festival on the following day.

No prior experience necessary and all instruments provided.

Are you up for the challenge?

In Upbeat we trust! 

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Sunday 4th September
The Market Hall

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Last year it proved very popular, so again we are staging Jazz Alley - great music, good food, the festival bar and - most importantly - no entry charge.  We are aiming for a repeat of 2015 and have the Market Hall packed, with a wide variety of non-stop entertainment.

The opening Samba session promises to be exciting, with the opportunity of not only watching but also joining in.  

First on stage will be the exciting KoGo Project - who have a debut album, 'Do It', soon to be available -  featuring a diverse range of jazz-funk grooves and some really tasty musicianship.  You can use this link to visit their website and listen to some of their music.

Baraka will take the stage later in the afternoon - a unique combination of musicians from Ghana, Senegal, Dominica, Trinidad and Southern Ireland.  Truly a World music band, bringing together influences not only from Africa and the Caribbean, but also Germany and Southern Ireland.  Use this link to visit their website, where there is plenty of music to listen to. 

Bookmark Sunday 4th September for an afternoon at the Market Hall, where a great time is on offer - whatever the weather.

 

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The Red Stripe Band are in their 22nd year in the business. Their colourful career has seen their latest original CD "Soho Surprise" top at number 10 in the London Jazz Charts and their songs used on Radio and TV alike - including by Pizza Giant Papa Johns in the USA.

They have played at every Jazz and Blues festival in the UK and picked up best newcomer at Montreux Jazz Festival in 2010.

 

Expect to be entertained with both original songs and boogie woogie, swing and rock n roll classics.

Food stalls and the wall2wall bar will be available throughout the evening.

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