Dom Norcross Quartet with Elaina Hoss – 15th December

Playing with Dom (sax) are John Davies (guitar), Nino Consolo (drums) & Wyn Davies (bass). The band will also feature the sultry, swinging vocals of Elaina Hoss.

Dom promises “an afternoon of American songbook & Blue Note Jazz, underwritten with Christmas themes”.

Come along to be mesmerised by this fabulous band of locals, a superb lead-in to the festive season and lead-out of our jazz year.

And don’t forget the fabulous festive fare from the Imperial kitchen – it’s called “lunch”.

Dom Norcross

Graham Watkins Quartet with Clare Hingott – 24th November

GW4 Jazz is Graham Watkins with 40 years experience as a Jazz pianist & arranger, Jack Williams on bass guitarGeorge Wilson on drums and the talented Clare Hingott on vocals.

With a repertoire of well over 300 Jazz and Swing standards from the likes of Nat King Cole, The Rat Pack, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and many more besides, GW4 Jazz has something to suit all occasions. As an experienced and accomplished ensemble who perform regularly at all the major Jazz venues in South Wales and beyond, they provide an exciting, entertaining Jazz performance.

This is a classy act, gentle on the ears, sensitive on the feelings. You should join us ……

DUSKI – 20th October

Duski began back in 2009 as a jazz trio featuring Aidan Thorne alongside young tenor saxophonist Greg Sterland and that stalwart of the Welsh jazz scene, Mark O’ Connor at the drums. They have since morphed into a five piece band, with Dan Messore on guitar and Paul Jones on keyboard.

However, for this concert they appear in their four person format, minus the keys, with their new cinematically inspired music. They will play some of their favourite songs as well as some of their original music that will be featured on the up coming album Make a Wish.

Their original material has been described as ‘Progressive jazz at its best’ (Aberjazz) and ‘A refreshing taste of ambient grooved out jazz’.

New Orleans Hot Potatoes – 22nd September

The ‘Potatoes’ bring a wealth of jazz experience to their lively, characterful version of Traditional New Orleans Revival Jazz.

Some of the most resolute of South Wales’s jazz professionals, they are:-

John Scantlebury (Sax & Clarinet),

Paul Munnery (Trombone),

Sarah Thatcher (Guitar & Banjo) and

Mike Kennedy (Double Bass).

We just adore the honest, slightly grungey, so atmospheric tunes this band manufactures out of almost nowhere. Not to be missed if you like ‘trad jazz with style’.

This concert is our contribution to this year’s Tenby Arts Festival.

 

Afternoon in Paris – 21st July

Fronted by an unusual combination of clarinet, bass clarinet and vocals in several European languages, the unique, eclectic and widely appealing sound of Afternoon in Paris is delivered with a heartfelt, irresistible joie de vivre that will transport you through the jazz clubs of 1930s Paris to the grand cafés of Europe and South America.

The band:-

Susanna Warren on clarinets and vocals,

Jeremy Young on lead guitar,

Andy King on rhythm guitar,

Andy ‘Wal’ Coughlan on double bass.

A trans-European & beyond delight is coming your way, so join us as we experience another thrilling journey.

Moonshine Boulevard – 23rd June

Tudor Thomas and his friends will be playing brass, strings and enough numbers to tire out your tapping toes. In a good way, of course.

The band features: Ron King (trumpet), Tudor (trombone), Jeff Matthews (sax), Peter Berry (bass), Keith Hall (guitar)

Dixieland, Swing or Trad to some, Good Time Jazz to others, good ol’ jazz to all: come enjoy!

The Dave Cottle / Gary Phillips Trio – 19th May

What can one say about this trio from Swansea heaven?

Dave is the keyboard wizard behind Swansea Jazzland and the Dave Cottle Trio, playing for two decades plus.

Gary is the guitar genius behind not only the Gary Phillips Trio but also The Amigos, gypsy jazz champions of West Wales.

Paul Smith has, quite simply, been playing drums for ever.

A jazz pedigree unsurpassed is coming this way, so catch it!