1917 & ALL THAT JAZZ
wall2wall Jazz festival
Time / Date
Friday 1st September
Melville Theatre: Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny, NP7 5UD
Black Mountain Jazz Club are excited to present an evening dedicated to the celebration of all things Jazz.
Set in the era of Prohibition, we invite you to dress to impress – optional but fun.
As well as the usual festival bar, enjoy our Prohibition Gin Bar to complete an evening of entertainment.
Musically and historically, 1917 was an extraordinary year, when the first jazz recording was made and released. Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk were born and the 20th Century journey through the iconic story of Jazz and it’s influences began to be charted.
Presented over two sets – with Gareth Roberts and Dave Jones providing the ‘jazz in the bar’ during the interval break – we have hand-crafted our own stellar band, where each performer will bring their own musical style, expertise and influences to the event.
Featuring The Liam Dunachie Trio:
Liam Dunachie: Piano. Liam is a pianist, jazz organist, composer and arranger. Musical director of West End productions, choral arrangements for Gareth Malone, frequent appearances at all top jazz venues in London and beyond – Liam constantly innovates and impresses.
David Ingamells: Drums. David graduated from the Guildhall in 2013 and was awarded both the Chartered Surveyors’ Prize and Yahama Jazz Scholarship in the same year. David has quickly made a name for himself as a talented drummer on the London Scene.
Misha Mullov-Abbado: Double Bass. Winner of the Dankworth Prize and the Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize, Misha is a rising star of the jazz world, an experienced composer and writes for various jazz groups.
The Trio will be joined by:
Ben Waghorn: Saxophone. A hugely experienced musician, Ben has performed widely in a variety of genres, including jazz, classical, pop and rock. He recently performed at one of our Black Mountain Jazz club nights with the Dave Jones Quartet, presenting their acclaimed recording ‘Keynotes’.
Jonny Bruce: Trumpet. Described by one reviewer as ‘a throwback to the pre-Miles styles of playing – in other words, he’s not cool, he’s hot – he draws from all the trumpeters from Louis Armstrong to Roy Eldridge and Clark Terry and he’s got the chops to do it’.
Megan Thomas: Vocals. Recently graduated from RWCMD, Megan is a ‘star in the making’. She takes inspiration from different artists, including Bjork, Joni Mitchell, Eva Cassidy and Sarah Vaughan. With her unique musical identity and sound, Megan has performed widely in the UK and abroad.
Debs Hancock: Vocals. Local artist Debs has made a much appreciated impact on the Wales jazz scene and beyond. She has performed on BBC Radio Wales and at top events such as Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Debs is inspired by the great jazz divas of the 20th Century – such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Dinah Washington.
We are not looking to create a stuffy history of jazz lesson, just a celebration of iconic moments, players, collaborations and the influences that they may have had.
Come and join us in the celebration and share in a musical extravaganza exploring the journey of jazz over the last century – it promises to be quite an evening.