With Brecon Jazz 2014 celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, one of the outdoor venues that is synonymous with the festival, the Captain’s Walk is making a comeback with a programme of big band and party music on the Saturday August 9 and Sunday and a special day ticket that allows fans to stroll in an out of the venue throughout the day for just £25.
This year’s Brecon Jazz features headliners Burt Bacharach, Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula and Loose Tubes and a whole lot more. The Captain’s Walk stage line-up includes Mike Harries Root Doctors who played at the very first Brecon Jazz in 1984, British trombonist Dennis Rollins with his fine Velocity Trio, the Ollie Howell Quintet, European Young Artists’ Jazz Award winner Beats & Pieces Big Band, the 19-strong James Clark’s Lonely Hearts Rugby Clwb, the sounds of South African Jazz from the Township Comets Featuring Pinise Saul, Imperial Kikiristan, the world acclaimed group from the impossible nation of Kikiristan, and Rhythms of the City, the UK’s premier samba percussion group (August 7-10 tickets from breconjazz.com).
Pablo Janczur, director of Brecon Jazz operator Orchard said: “Since we took over in 2012, we’ve been looking for an opportunity to bring back the iconic venue of the Captain’s Walk in the middle of town, where fans and locals can expect a real party atmosphere with some high tempo, high quality music at what we believe is a very reasonable cost. The Captain’s Walk is a venue that particularly local people have always really appreciated, and we want to see them turn out in big numbers to enjoy themselves this year.”
The Captain’s Walk identity dates back to the Napoleonic Wars, when French prisoners incarcerated in the town took their exercise there. By day it is now a car park, but on one weekend in August it will be the liveliest place in town.
Brecon Jazz 2014 tickets are available on breconjazz.com