Friends of Black Mountain Jazz

Launch Content in The Vault

Opening 25th July 2021


The Claire Roberts Trio playing Still We Dream (Ugly Beauty).  From a video made for our 2020 wall2wall Jazz Festival, titled ‘Carmen McRae Sings Monk’.


Josh Heaton’s contributions to the 2020 festival.  In Monk’s ‘Ask Me Now’, Josh illustrates his love of the poetic spoken word in jazz.  His second number ‘Like Someone In Love’, Josh thrills with his skills on the tenor sax.  Both were filmed for the ‘Tomorrow’s Headliners’ video.


We have taken the opportunity to include the video of Josh Heaton being interviewed by Alex Goodyear, which appeared in the Tomorrow’s Headliners video.  Josh talks about his love of spoken word in jazz and about his ‘Mouth Of Words’ band.


Our current audio is from the live recording at the 2017 wall2wall Jazz Festival of Ian Shaw’s wonderful performance of ‘The Beautiful Life’, accompanied on piano by the fabulous Barry Green.

Photo Shoot

The 2020 wall2wall Jazz Festival was a virtual event and for many of the musicians, it was their first paid live gig for many months.  They produced nine excellent videos, filmed under strict Covid conditions. Our photo shoot captures some of the great moments during filming.

Competition Time

For our current competition, we asked Kim Cypher to pick five popular recordings and put them in her order of preference – the past great we picked for her – Ella Fitzgerald.  Kim has offered a signed copy of her latest CD to the entry that gets closest to her list. Entry rules are in The Vault.


To enter The Vault, click on the button below and enter your password.  If you have lost it, please email us for a reminder –

June 2021 Update

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 the pandemic we have not held any live events, although many members have still renewed their ‘Friends of BMJ’ membership – thank you for that, the support has been much appreciated.

We are now taking the opportunity to revise our ‘Friends of BMJ’ benefits and hopefully many of our supporters will find them attractive.  We will now be offering:

  • Discounts on ticket prices for both live and virtual events.
  • Priority booking for some live events (we hope to programme some as part of this year’s festival but with limited audiences).
  • Access to our new website section – The Vault – details of the launch content are shown to the left of this page – this will be changed every couple of months.

The ‘perks’ are nice for those who can get to our events but hopefully the big plus is knowing your are supporting live music in Abergavenny.

Annual membership of the Friends of BMJ is £25 (£40 for couples).


Click on the box below and select the membership you want to buy (single / double).

Then click the ‘Buy Now’ icon – you can then pay by card and we will send you a confirmation by email.

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