wall2wall Virtual Jazz Festival 2020

Catch-up All The Videos

Revisit the 2020 Festival

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 wall2wall Jazz festival was a virtual event.  Filming was completed over the summer months and the resulting videos streamed in the autumn.

As well as the brilliant music, each video has its own theme – including remembering Charlie Parker and Peggy Lee @ 100.

As part of the wall2wall Jazz Festival 2021 (streamed from November) – we are pleased to present this catch-up programme of seven videos from the 2020 festival.

There is a single password that gives access to all of the videos and this will be printed on the ticket sent to you.

These can be watched at your leisure and as often as you want and will be available until the end of February 2022.

Watch the short 2020 wall2wall promo video via this link.

The catch-up programme, including all seven videos displayed on this page, are offered at one price of £25  (Friends of BMJ – £15)

We hope you will enjoy the videos.

All proceeds will go to the club and its festival – all support is very much appreciated.

The Claire Roberts Trio – Carmen McCrae Sings Monk

Violinist and vocalist Claire Roberts trained classically in Manchester, before branching out into bluegrass, Western Swing and improvised fiddle style.  She now performs with renowned Western Swing band The Swing Commanders.

In this video, Claire ventures into the bebop vocal style of one of her biggest inspirations, Carmen McRae – a singer brave enough to tackle the music of Thelonious Monk.

Carmen’s iconic phrasing and storytelling is re-imagined in a stripped back performance, in which she is joined by Grant Russell on bass and George King on piano.

Remembering Charlie Parker @ 100

Considered one of the musical geniuses of the 20th Century, saxophonist Charlie Parker, otherwise known as “Bird”, would have been 100 in 2020.

With a commentary of Charlie Parker’s complex life story interspersed with some great performances, this video creates an exciting celebration of Charlie Parker’s life.

  • Ben Waghorn:  saxophone
  • Martha Skilton: saxophone
  • Jonny Bruce: trumpet
  • Dave Jones: piano
  • Ashley John Long: double bass
  • Alex Goodyear: drums

Kim Cypher Quintet

Kim Cypher’s style of performance is best described as ‘funky saxophonist meets 1940′s jazz singer’.

The Quintet’s set list provides a great mix of music – spanning many genres with a quirky, jazzy twist – together with Kim’s own original material.

The line up for this special video features some of the most highly regarded musicians in the UK:

  • Kim Cypher: sax and vocals / Mike Cypher: drums
  • Chris Cobbson: guitar / Mike Green: double bass
  • Anders Olinder: keys and piano

With a phenomenal line up like this performing a fabulous selection of music, this is without doubt very special.

For the wall2wall Jazz Festival 2021 programme – click here

Remembering Peggy Lee @ 100

Peggy Lee was a prolific and loved performer, reigning over seven decades and recording over a 1,000 songs.

With so many great songs to choose from, we have selected three talented and very different singers to perform their own selection of tunes in celebration of this enormously important and influential 20th Century artist.

With a commentary of Peggy Lee’s life story interspersed with some great performances recorded live, this is a celebration of Peggy Lee@100 that should not be missed.

  • Becki Biggins: Vocalist
  • Debs Hancock: Vocalist
  • Victoria Klewin: Vocalist
  • Guy Shotton: Piano
  • Nick Kacal: Double bass
  • Alex Goodyear: Drums

Fergus McCreadie and Luca Manning

In the days before CORONA virus and global lockdown, Black Mountain Jazz Club hosted an extraordinary gig from a young Scottish Parliamentary Jazz Award winner 2019, jazz pianist, Fergus McCreadie and his Trio.

In this stunning video for the festival, Fergus is joined by vocalist and composer Luca Manning, who in 2020 became another Scottish young Parliamentary Jazz Award winner.

As well as over an hour of beautiful music, the video opens with an intriguing interview by BMJ’s Debs Hancock with the highly talented Fergus and Luca.

Zoe Gilby Trio

Zoe Gilby is a vocalist and songwriter, making a stunning impression on the music scene today.  She was the winner of the Parliamentary Jazz Awards Jazz Vocalist of the Year 2019.

Her compelling original compositions are written with double bassist husband Andy Champion, creating a powerful collection of songs with a strong narrative.

  • Zoe Gilby: vocals
  • Andy Champion: double bass
  • Mark Williams: guitar

Sit back and enjoy a commanding mix of musical sophistication and dramatic edge.

Tomorrow’s Headliners

‘Tomorrow’s Headliners’ brings together a lineup of talented young jazz musicians, all with a South Wales connection.

With a rhythm section second to none – Alex Goodyear (drums), Ashley John Long (double bass) and Michael Blanchfield (piano) – this session welcomes five guests, each performing two numbers of their choice.

The programme is hosted by Alex, who also briefly interviews each of his guest musicians:

  • Josh Heaton: sax / Alex Lockheart: guitar
  • Daniel Newbury: sax / Thom Dalby: trumpet
  • Sarah Meek: vocals 

Sit back and enjoy five great performances from our young guest musicians, who are without doubt ‘Tomorrow’s Headliners’.

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