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Bigger stage for Butetown Bay Jazz festival
Humie Webbe
Humie Webbe is delighted with the support for a bigger festival

A festival celebrating the musical heritage of Cardiff's docklands has expanded from one day to three.

Butetown Bay Jazz over the May Bank Holiday weekend features local bands, visiting stars and school groups.

The free event includes writing, marketing, samba and guitar workshops.

Organiser Humie Webbe said: "After the success of last year's event in the Wales Millennium Centre we were asked if we could bring the event to the quayside."

The festival aims to celebrate the musical heyday of Tiger Bay, when Cardiff's docklands were a hotbed of jazz talent.

This year's event will celebrate the role of the guitarist, to mark the centenaries of gypsy jazz star Django Reinhardt and Cardiff musical legend Vic Parker.

Among the attractions are return visits for smooth jazz guitarist Ciyo Brown and Cardiff-born singer Li Harding, plus local artists including The Amigos, Coltrane Dedication, Leighton Jones and Ruby Samba.

Mermaid Quay will be the focus of events on Saturday and Monday while Sunday's live music takes place on the foyer stage of the Wales Millennium Centre.

Ms Webbe said she was keen to keep the musical spirit of Tiger Bay alive, especially amongst the younger generation.

"What we want to do is celebrate the jazz heritage of the bay by involving the schools more and providing opportunities for musicians to develop themselves," she said.

"We had to re-introduce the music to young people - when it's presented to them in a way they understand there is a healthy interest."

Butetown Bay Jazz takes place in Cardiff Bay from Saturday 1 to Monday 3 May 2010 - see the website for details




SEE ALSO
Butetown celebrates jazz heritage
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