Resident Pianist Dave Jones and Guests

wall2wall Jazz Festival 2018

Time / Date

  • Various Times
  • Saturday 1st September 2018



  • FREE entry for ticket holders of Melville Theatre gigs

  • If space permits, for each session £3 ‘bar only’ tickets will be available on the door

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Pianist/composer Dave Jones has performed and recorded internationally, and composed music for TV in the USA, Mexico, and the UK. He has released numerous albums of his own in Quartet, Trio, Solo, and Duo format, including ‘Journeys’ (The London Evening Standard’s Jazz CD of the week, shortly after its release in 2010) and a critically acclaimed duo recording entitled Postscript, with bassist Ashley John Long.

Dave Jones is therefore no stranger to the business of performing in jazz duos, having initially done many such gigs on the Pizza Express circuit in East Anglia, London, and the South East in the 1990s, playing alongside some of the finest horn players in the UK.

More recently Dave performed in several very well-received duo sets at the Black Mountain Jazz Festival in 2017, alongside Gethin Liddington and Gareth Roberts. For this year’s festival 2018 he puts in a longer shift and embarks on a whole day of four duo sets, each with their own particular character.

1.30pm – Dave is first joined by vocalist Debs Hancock, who besides being a key organiser at Black Mountain Jazz in Abergavenny and its annual wall2wall Jazz Festival, has made numerous live radio and festival performances in recent years, prompting some favourable press attention. Debs is currently working on a new recording of her own, to be released in the near future.

A confident performer with an effusive stage presence….I predict that Debs Hancock will become an increasingly popular presence on the local jazz scene” – The JazzMann

3.45pm – Ashley John Long needs little introduction, being a renowned virtuoso bassist and composer, working in jazz and improvised music, session music and as a soloist.

Mark Gardner from Jazz Journal magazine had this to say about the recent duo album ‘Postscript’ with pianist Dave Jones…“Pianist Dave Jones and bassist Ashley John Long have been close collaborators for several years and have made three CDs previously. This duo recital, though, is a much more intimate exposition of their mind-reading rapport as individual musical lines converge seamlessly. … Jones’s strands of influence are never obsessive, but a Bill Evans flavour emanates from an important ingredient: he has a winsome touch on the keyboard and swings easily when required. Long belongs in the company of today’s accomplished modern bassists who are sufficiently upskilled to take on any eventuality. His arco work is quite superb. I loved in particular the interpretations of Bud, Tadd and Thelonious. Ladybird is a peach of a performance.”

6pm – Ceri Williams is a busy trumpeter in numerous jazz ensembles, large and small, alongside his award-winning work as a specific learning difficulties/special needs teacher. He has performed with Dave on numerous occasions and his sensitive playing has brought a new dimension to some of Jones’s compositions.

8.15pm – The duo programme is completed by alto saxophonist/composer Glen Manby, who has recently enjoyed critical acclaim for his album entitled ‘Homecoming’. Glen and Dave have played in each other’s bands from time to time – on standards, contemporary jazz and Dave’s compositions. Dave Gelly from the Observer, referring to the new album ‘Homecoming’, describes Glen Manby as being “Fully at home in the idiom, with a polished technique and mature tone, he’s an eloquent player“. London jazz News says “Hard bop lives and is in no better hands than the Glen Manby Quintet“.

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