More news in from the Brecon Jazz organisers. 


In the spirit of James Brown, Sax Machine comes to the streets of Brecon Jazz ( this weekend as the world famous music festival teams up with the London 2012 Festival to bring a mass pop-up big brass noise to the mid Wales market town.

Both the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Brecon Jazz festival come to a close on Sunday August 12 and to celebrate both milestones, organisers have collaborated to produce a special one-off performance on the green of Brecon Christ College at 4pm on Sunday. The event features some of the big name artists appearing over the weekend at Brecon – including Soweto Kinch and YolanDa Brown, to play a half hour set of saxophone songs, with an invitation for anyone who plays the instrument to come along and be part of this unique pop-up experience.

Pablo Janczur, director of Brecon Jazz operator Orchard said: “Jazz is all about improvisation, and we’re celebrating that with a link to the Olympics which have really captured the passion of the nation. There will be London 2012 Festival branding in Brecon for the event, and we’re hoping to create an Olympic spirit that afternoon, encouraging musicians to come down and be part of it.”

Wales’ very own Wonderbrass are driving the Sax Machine, with their own musicians in the engine room, and using their networks to bring in a wider audience.  The music comprises five pieces, three by Wonderbrass music director Rob Smith, and two New Orleans Brass Band classics, and all digitally downloadable free from

The surprise performance is part of a series of special pop-up events for the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular 12-week UK-wide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.

Rob Smith said: “If people can only play one of the pieces they should still come. This project is about taking part and playing along with experienced musicians. It is a meeting as much as a musical event but it will sound immense.”

Sax Machine will truly revive the spirit of Brecon Jazz festivals of the past, creating a vibrant and colourful atmosphere on the Christ College green. This will be enhanced by music and street entertainment around Brecon’s streets throughout the weekend.

This year’s event is Orchard’s first as operator, featuring a sprinkling of star names, Jazz favourites, emerging and Welsh talent, Jazz Club nights, innovative collaborations and a party atmosphere returning to the streets of the beautiful Mid Wales town.

Friday August 10 brings the truly legendary voice of five-time Grammy Award winner Dionne Warwick celebrating 50 years in the business and 100 million records sold for a sell out concert in the festival’s iconic Market Hall. Another big name gracing the Market Hall stage this summer is vibraphonist/vocalist Roy Ayers, the respected Jazz/R&B artist and renowned as the Godfather of Neo-soul making an exclusive UK appearance. Welsh pianist Huw Warren is involved this year as artist-in-residence, in collaborations with Thomas Stronen and Peter Herbert, and Jazz fans can look forward to performances by the likes of Soweto Kinch; Neil Yates; Lighthouse; Trio Libero; Neil Cowley; Claire Martin; YolanDa Brown, Iain Ballamy; Stan Tracey; Bobby Wellins; Alan Barnes, Kit Downes; Ginger Baker and many more.

In addition to the Market Hall, there will be concerts in Theatr Brycheiniog, emerging artists and home grown Welsh talent will largely perform in the Guildhall, and there will be special events in Brecon Cathedral. The town centre will be the location for some spectacular street entertainment, and the Brecon Fringe is running an extensive programme of music in bars, venues and around the town throughout the weekend. There is even a commemorative concert for Jed Williams, the founder and Artistic Director of Brecon Jazz throughout much of its 28 year history, promoting Jazz4Jed, a bursary set up in his name to benefit Jazz talent in Wales, along with workshops held in Christ College.

Tickets for all shows will be available from  The box office telephone number is 01874 611622 (Theatr Brycheiniog) and the 24 Hour telephone booking Number is 0844 858 8521. All festival information can be found on

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