Brecon Jazz is back with a mix of live, recorded and virtual performances

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The Brecon Jazz Festival is set to make its much-anticipated return next month, with a mix of live and virtual events.

The Brecon Jazz team gave B&R an exclusive preview of some of their exciting plans for this year’s “hybrid” festival.

This will be the popular event’s 38th year, and with its live, recorded and virtual performances, it is expected to be the most accessible festival yet.

Last year, Brecon Jazz was completely virtual, due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The organizers of the Brecon Jazz Club are hopeful that this year they can build on their already thriving online audience, while also bringing live music to Brecon venues. A full schedule of events is expected to be released later this month.

The team said: “Brecon Jazz has a rich heritage and a legacy that we nurture in the 21st century and through difficult times. We knew we had to adapt and innovate.

There are also some exciting rumors of collaborations – including an affair in London, West Wales and music from the US at Brecon.

Readers should keep an eye out for the website: www.breconjazz.org and more news will be in the B&R next week.

Festival organizers are also working with staff at the University of South Wales, to bring in students and graduates studying media production and popular and commercial music to help them.

The team is working under tight deadlines and this assistance was therefore greatly appreciated and also allowed the young talented graduates to live a concrete experience of the Festival.

Brecon Jazz is renowned for its loyal following, with enthusiasts and supporters both close to home and many that extend far beyond the Brecon Beacons.

The organizers told us: ‘We want to celebrate the loyalty of our jazz audience – they live all over the UK, some are international and many live locally or come to Brecon from all over Wales.

“We want to say a big thank you to all the supporters. This includes the Friends of Brecon Jazz (FoBJ), whose members provide financial support to the Festival and the annual celebration of jazz.

“They all recognize that we have worked hard to keep jazz alive by experimenting with online and streaming systems.

“We are also very grateful to our funders. As a volunteer management team, we really couldn’t do the Festival this year without help.

“Ticket revenues will be drastically reduced, while the costs of creating wider access and streaming performances will be much higher than the costs of concerts alone.

“The Welsh Government, Brecon City Council and the Arts Council of Wales (Lottery) have all provided funding – and it’s great to have the support of both Brecon and the Welsh Government in its whole this year.

“We also very much appreciate the involvement of local support companies, including the B&R newspaper. So watch this space!

More news from the organizers of the Brecon Jazz Festival 2021 will be on the Brecon & Radnor Express next week.

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