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Sun, 24 Mar


Meville Centre

Poetry & Jazz Improvisation

When merging poetry into the field of jazz on a spontaneous platform, anything can happen. The programme is for open ears and free spirits. Join our poets and musicians as they seek to 'break down the barriers'.

Poetry & Jazz Improvisation
Poetry & Jazz Improvisation

Time & Location

24 Mar 2024, 20:00

Meville Centre, 4 Pen-Y-Pound, Abergavenny NP7 5UD, UK

About the event

The Poets

Ric Hool was the Welsh Academy poet for the Abergavenny Food Festival 2009. His first publication was Last Fair Deal Gone Down - a docu-story conflating the lives of the author, seminal blues singer/guitarist Robert Johnston and Eric Clapton. He has run the reading series Poetry Upstairs in Abergavenny for 30 years.

Graham Hartill was the Lifelines facilitator for the Ledbury Poetry Festival for eight years. He was co-founder of Lapidus International and has worked in the fields of mental health and disability.

Lyndon Davies has published seven collections of poetry and edits an online magazine of literature and the arts - called Junction Box. He also co-runs the Glasfryn Seminars, a series of discussion groups on aspects of literature He is a passionate jazz fan.

The Musicians

Ben Thomas is an innovative trumpeter and composer.  His music is incredibly visual and imaginative, as seen in his extensive artistic outlets - as photographer, film-maker, performance artist and musician.  Trumpet playing lies at the heart of Ben's work, which manifests in a unique and vibrant explosion of colour and experimental sound.

Ross Hicks is a Cardiff Based jazz pianist and graduate from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. As a freelance musician, he has played with numerous, as well as being a sideman on several albums and EP’s. He performed recently to great acclaim at BMJ with Simon Spillett and his Tubby Hayes project.

Ian Williams is a highly experienced, talented, responsive, listening percussionist, perfectly suited to this improvisation session. He has worked at the highest level with musicians from a variety of genres and is a past head of the drumming and percussion department at the RWCMD.


Standard: £16.00

Friends of BMJ: £14.00

Under 18s: £8.00


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