Friends of Black Mountain Jazz
Kim Cypher brought her quintet to the wall2wall Jazz Festival 2020 and produced an amazing video for it.
When we explained our plans for a competition for Friends of BMJ, she not only agreed to help but to also provide the prize for the winner – a signed copy of her latest video.
We asked Kim to pick five of Ella Fitzgerald’s popular numbers and put them in her order of preference – No 1 being the one she likes best and so on.
She did not find it easy, as there are so many incredible Ella songs – here are the top 5 she picked:
- A – It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing
- B – Too Darn Hot
- C – How High the Moon
- D – Dream a little Dream
- E – Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
But, the above is not necessarily in the order Kim placed them.
All you have to do is work out the order – if you think ‘Dream a Little Dream’ was top of her list then start with 1/D – and so on.
Only one entry each. In the event of a tie, it will be down to ‘names in a hat’.
Please send your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org. – the closing date is 31st January 2022.
Sorry, but the competition is restricted to Friends of BMJ as a ‘thank you’ for their support during difficult times.
Our regular club nights and annual festival attract some of the best jazz in the UK and from abroad. A ‘healthy’ membership of the ‘Friends of BMJ’ is essential support of both the club and its festival programmes.
‘Friends of BMJ’ is a membership scheme for supporters of Black Mountain Jazz but you don’t need to be a member to attend club or festival events.
In the past we have been able to offer ‘Friends of BMJ’ a few added benefits, including discounts on tickets for clubs nights and some wall2wall Jazz Festival gigs.
During 2020, due to the pandemic, we did not hold any live events, although many members have still renewed their ‘Friends of BMJ’ membership – thank you for that, the support has been much appreciated.
In 2021 we again had to respond to the pandemic and organised a virtual festival, which streams until the end of February 2022. We also had a programme of six live gigs, featuring the musicians filming the virtual festival.
In advance of the 2021 festival, we revised our ‘Friends of BMJ’ benefits, as follows:
- Discounts on ticket prices for live events – all of the August 2021 live gigs had Friends of BMJ discounts.
- Tickets for our streamed videos were set very low, so as to make them widely affordable. Whilst we are not offering discounts for the 2021 virtual tickets, we are offering a £10 discount on the 2020 festival Catch Up video package.
- Priority booking for some live events – for example, we gave Friends of BMJ advance notice of our limited audience live gigs in our August 2021 festival.
- A regular free to enter competition.
The ‘perks’ are nice for those who can get to our events and we are working on restoring a more regular live programme in 2022. Hopefully, the big plus is supporting live music in Abergavenny and we can retain support of Friends of BMJ during these difficult times.
Annual membership of the Friends of BMJ is £25 (£40 for couples). All support is very much appreciated.