wall2wall Virtual Jazz Festival 2021
Welcome to our 2021 Festival
Filmed in Abergavenny
Streamed to the World
Whilst this is a VIRTUAL festival, when it was filmed earlier in the year there were some socially-distanced live gigs also arranged.
Four of the videos were filmed without an audience but followed with a live evening gig at Whitehouse Barn – a little way outside Abergavenny. Some of those videos include a little footage filmed at the barn.
The Shez Raja video was filmed in front of an audience, which had to adhere to Covid restrictions – but an audience all the same. So as to meet the demand for tickets, the Shez Raja Sextet performed two gigs – one in the afternoon and the other in the evening.
Between the two gigs, BMJ’s Debs Hancock interviewed Shez and Tony Kofi, from which we have produced a fascinating video which you can watch via this link.
Videos are being streamed at various dates between Sunday 27th November and Thursday 9th December – please see the individual events below for further details.
All videos will be available for re-watching until 28th February 2022. Each of them are about one hour long.
Passwords to access each video are printed on the tickets, which will be sent by email. Passwords are case sensitive.
All tickets are designated ‘Single, Family & Friends Viewing’, which hopefully makes the re-watch aspect even more useful. Watching the videos with friends is an important part of wall2wall but please do not share the passwords with others.
The videos are all priced £8 and there is the option of a £30 ‘Super Ticket’ for viewing all five. Please note that the Super Ticket only gives access to videos from the dates they are streamed.
Ella Hohnen-Ford & Joe Webb
A Tribute to the Great American Songbook
Streaming from Saturday 27th November 2021
Two of Britain’s most exciting and emerging jazz talents – vocalist Ella Hohnen-Ford and pianist Joe Webb.
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.’
The Dom Pipkin Trio
New Orleans Comes to wall2wall
Streaming from Tuesday 30th November 2021
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
The Wendy Kirkland Trio
With special Guest Annette Gregory
Celebrating the Divas
Streaming from Friday 3rd December 2021
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.
“Terrific pianist and singer. Assured and full of surprises”. Dave Gelly: The Observer.
Wendy’s special guest is Annette Gregory, widely praised for her incredible vocal tones that are rich, smooth and full of soul.
They are joined by Pat Sprakes on bass and Steve Wyndham on drums – for a performance not to be missed!
The BMJ Collective
The Journey of Trad
Streaming from Monday 6th December 2021
The 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.
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).
The Shez Raja Sextet
With special guest Tony Kofi
Tales From the Punjab
Streaming from Thursday 9th December 2021
Virtuoso electric bass player Shez Raja is famed for his high energy live shows, unique Indojazzfunk sound and global jazz star collaborations. Shez was recently voted one of the ‘Hottest Bass Players in the World’ by readers of Bass Player magazine.
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 leads a stunning line-up that features internationally renowned saxophone star Tony Kofi, award-winning Indian classical singer Unnati Dasgupta, tabla maestro Gurdain Rayatt plus the incredible Sophie Alloway on drums and Lewis Moody on keyboards.
As part of this year’s festival we have a Catch Up 2020 fest programme – for details please click here