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'Emerging stars' and 'legends' line up for Brecon jazz

The South African trumpet legend Hugh Masekela
South African trumpet legend Hugh Masekela is performing at the festival

Singer Omara Portuondo, blues legend Charlie Musselwhite and Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club will be among the acts at August's Brecon Jazz Festival.

The diverse line-up also includes Kyle Eastwood, the son of Hollywood legend Clint, and Pee Wee Ellis, who was part of the James Brown Revue in the 1960s.

The three-day festival from 6 to 8 August will include over 50 concerts.

There will also be a carnival parade in aid of Usk House Hospice and a special jazz service at Brecon Cathedral.

The event, which is being organised for the second time by the team behind the Hay Literary Festival, has also confirmed other stars including saxophonist Håkon Kornstad, from Norway, Get The Blessing, featuring Jim Barr and Clive Deamer, both formerly of Portishead, Orchestre National de Jazz (France's National Jazz Orchestra), and bassist Jasper Høiby with his trio Phronesis.

South African trumpet legend Hugh Masekela will also perform.

Director of Hay Festivals Peter Florence said: "Brecon is reinventing itself as a youthful festival, a showcase for progressive music and emerging superstars.

We're looking for the most dynamic and accessible contemporary performers in Africa and Europe
Festival director Peter Florence

"We're looking for the most dynamic and accessible contemporary performers in Africa and Europe and will still be presenting some of America's and Britain's greatest instrumentalists and jazz stars in the most beautiful of our national parks."

JazzFM and Jazzwise Magazine are sponsoring this year's festival.

Mike Vitti of JazzFM described the line-up as "amazing", while the editor of Jazzwise Magazine, Jon Newey, said the festival was drawing heavily on the cutting edge of new talent from the UK and Europe, as well as big international names.

Last year, Mr Florence said the festival was focussing more on music and less on a culture of drinking.

This year, it kicks off with the Dave Stapleton Quintet on the evening of Friday, 6 August.

Later that night, Pee Wee Ellis, known as the man who invented funk, will perform with his band.

Among the highlights on the Saturday will be a tribute to British jazz legend Tubby Hayes.

Alec Dankworth
Alec Dankworth will accompany his sister Jacqui Dankworth in Brecon

Tenor saxophonists Simon Spillett and Dave Bishop have put together a concert featuring Hayes's music.

Another of Saturday's highlights will be a performance by Jacqui Dankworth, the daughter of Dame Cleo Laine and the late Sir John Dankworth. Their son, Alec, will accompany his sister on stage.

Meanwhile, Mississippi-born singer, blues-harp player and bandleader Charlie Musselwhite takes to the stage at Brecon Market Hall in the afternoon.

Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame this month, Musselwhite is regarded as one of the greatest white American bluesmen.

The legendary Cuban jazz ensemble, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club will perform at the Market Hall on Saturday night.

Among Sunday's highlights is the "master of the clarinet", Acker Bilk.

Meanwhile, Brecon Fringe Festival is staging gigs in pubs and clubs from 5 to 8 August.



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