wall2wall Jazz Festival 2021

Live Gig Programme

w2w at The Barn

Over the first two weeks of August, we are filming the wall2wall Jazz Festival 2021, which will be streamed in the Autumn.

There will also be evening gigs, most of which will be at a local farm barn, where we have the use of a small stage in a well ventilated environment.

The address of the farm and directions will be included with tickets.

The barn programme is below. Each gig will be single-set, lasting about 1hr 15mins.

Whilst there will be no bar, we will be offering a complimentary glass of wine/beer.  


To book tickets, please email Mike at info@blackmountainjazz.co.uk – using the reference letters in the brackets.  

Audience numbers are very limited, so if we get too many requests, we will have to allocate tickets as fairly as possible.

Details of how to pay for tickets will be sent to you via email.

Please note that Covid rules in place will be adhered to, which is likely to include some element of face masks.

Monday 2nd August: 7pm

Ella Hohnen-Ford Duo

A Tribute to The Great American Songbook

£19 (Friends of BMJ £17)

Booking Ref – (EHD)

Two of Britain’s most exciting and emerging jazz talents – vocalist Ella Hohnen-Ford and pianist Joe Webb – open Black Mountain Jazz’s week of live gigs.

Nick Smart, head of the Jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music, from where Ella graduated with a ‘first’ in 2020, described her as ‘an outstanding young musician – a committed and innovative improviser’.

In 2019 she was a finalist in the Ella Fitzgerald International Vocal Competition and the Riga International Jazz Competition.

Joe was born in Wales and is a member of the famed Kansas Smitty house band in London. He’s played throughout Europe.

Jason Rebello said of him: ‘Joe is a great young pianist. Go check him out. He’s very talented.’



Listen to Ella via this link and to listen to Joe click here.

Tuesday 3rd August: 8pm

BMJ Collective

The Journey of Trad

£19 (Friends of BMJ £17)

Booking Ref – (BMJ)

BMJ Collective is the house band of Black Mountain Jazz.  It is a community-led group of younger musicians that will continue to bring exciting live jazz to Abergavenny – gateway to South Wales.

For its festival gig, BMJ Collective is presenting an evening of jazz from early eras, exploring the primordial elements that make up the genre we know and love today.

From civil war songs to post depression laments, the performance will take you on a musical venture through the past.

The Journey of Trad features – Jack Mac (tenor sax and clarinet), Luke Adams (banjo), Clem Saynor (upright bass) and Alex Goodyear (drums).

Watch Alex with his quintet via this link Click here to watch Jack with his quartet playing in Cardiff – that’s Alex again on drums Luke is a guitarist as well as a banjo-player – this link is for his website Click here for Clem Saynor, playing in Welsh pianist Rachel Starritt’s Trio

Wednesday 4th August: 8pm

Dom Pipkin Trio

New Orleans Comes to wall2wall


£19 (Friends of BMJ £17)

Booking Ref – (DPT)

Piano Virtuoso Dom Pipkin is one of Europe’s top exponents of New Orleans rhythm and blues.

He breathes new life into the classic funk sounds of The Meters, Dr John, Fats Domino and Professor Longhair, with such influences prominent in his own songwriting.

Dom’s band has been resident at Ronnie Scott’s and appeared regularly around the RnB club circuit, where its reputation as a top live act is second to none.

With a banner that reads ‘Piano from London – Soul from New Orleans’ – Dom Pipkin is a welcome addition to the wall2wall programme.

Dom Pipkins: keyboard and vocals

Nick Kacal: bass

Jimmy Norden: drums


Thursday 5th August: 8pm

Wendy Kirkland Trio

Celebrating the Divas

£19 (Friends of BMJ £17)

Booking Ref – (WKT)

Pianist and singer Wendy Kirkland is a mainstay of the UK jazz scene.   

Her first album ‘Piano Divas’, released in 2017, brought her wide recognition as a ‘singing pianist’

Further accolades followed with the 2019 release of her album ‘The Music’s On Me’.  Both albums prompted funded tours all over the UK and constant radio airplay ever since.

Following selling out at the world-renowned Ronnie Scott’s in June, Wendy returns there for another great gig on 9th August.

“Terrific pianist and singer. Assured and full of surprises”. Dave Gelly: The Observer.


With a focus on some of the great past divas, this performance for wall2wall is not to be missed.

Back To The Melville

We have live gigs at The Melville on 10th August, both featuring the same act but offering 5pm and 8pm performances.

As with gigs at The Barn, audience numbers will be very limited and Covid regulations will be in force – which will likely to include some element of face covering.

Unfortunately, the bar will be closed but we will be offering a complimentary glass of wine/beer.

Each performance lasts 1hr and 15mins and tickets are limited to two per applicant. 


Tuesday 10th August: 5pm and 8pm

The Shez Raja Sextet with Guest Tony Kofi

Tales From the Punjab

£25 (Friends of BMJ £23)

Sorry but the 8pm performance is sold out

We still have a few tickets left for the 5pm show

Booking Refs – 5pm performance (SRS5) / 8pm performance (SRS8)

Please book tickets via the email link in the ‘TICKETS’ section in the left column – quoting the reference letter – see above.

SHEZ RAJA bass guitar; TONY KOFI alto saxophone; UNNATI DASGUPTA vocals; GURDAIN RAYATT tabla; LEWIS MOODY keyboards; SOPHIE ALLOWAY drums

Virtuoso electric bass player Shez Raja is famed for his high energy live shows, unique Indojazzfunk sound and global jazz star collaborations with Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Trilok Gurtu and Wayne Krantz. Shez was recently voted one of the ‘Hottest Bass Players in the World’ by readers of Bass Player magazine.

Following spectacular performances at top UK venues including Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Royal Festival Hall and the Jazz Café as well as major international jazz festivals from Russia to New Zealand, Shez and his band have amassed a devoted following and forged a reputation as one of the most entertaining live acts on the scene today.

For his latest album Tales from the Punjab, Shez digs deep into his rich South Asian heritage to create his most exquisite and heartfelt album to date, recorded whilst on an adventure to the Punjab to immerse himself in the musical culture of his roots.

Shez will be recreating the colours from the new album as well as performing favourites from his considerable back catalogue. He leads a stunning line-up tonight that features internationally renowned saxophone star Tony Kofi (Courtney Pine, Ornette Coleman), award-winning Indian classical singer Unnati Dasgupta, tabla maestro Gurdain Rayatt plus the incredible Sophie Alloway on drums and Lewis Moody on keyboards.

Expect exciting and passionate music that blends East with West – a sonic kaleidoscope of euphoric jazz, thundering funk, ancient ragas and intoxicating grooves.

“A tailor-made festival band with a unique identity” – The Guardian

“Shez Raja personifies the modernisation of jazz. He is fearless as a musician” – All About Jazz

Website:  www.shezraja.com


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