GREAT NEWS, we’re restarting Jazz Lunches at Tenby’s Imperial Hotel! Our first concert will be on Sunday 10th July

Our first band will be The Dave Cottle / Gary Davies Trio.

Dave is the keyboard wizard behind Swansea Jazzland and the Dave Cottle Trio, playing for two decades plus.

Gary is the guitar genius behind not only the Gary Phillips Trio but also The Amigos, gypsy jazz champions of West Wales.

Paul Smith has, quite simply, been playing drums for ever.

We thought this Swansea-led reboot would be a great way to restart the series.  And we hope you come along to be reminded of what a chilled Sunday, with good food and LIVE JAZZ, feels like. 

And you might want to put LIVE JAZZ into your diaries for every second Sunday of the month, starting at noon. Even August, for the very first time.

Gosh, we’re so excited we’re struggling for breath. In a good way, of course.

POSTPONED – Afternoon in Paris – 13th December

We were due to be enchanted by this amazing band of musicians, through their heartfelt, irresistible joie de vivre that would have transported you from the jazz clubs of 1930s Paris to the grand cafés of Europe and South America.

Sadly, it is not to be; we have, however, put a marker down with them for next year.

Meanwhile, with vaccinations around the corner, we’d like to wish you all the best Christmas you can muster and let’s all hope 2021 will be a year to remember.

POSTPONED – The Tommy Harris / Dick Hamer Quartet – 22nd November

Led by two legends of the Welsh jazz scene, this exciting band would have performed a wide ranging selection of material drawn from the 1950s up to the present day.

They emphasize swing in all its forms, from relaxed up to break neck speed, all played with effortless style. Ballads flow and Latin tunes groove with unison horn lines.

You could have expected expect Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Dexter Gordon and more …… 

But for now, please listen to some of the foregoing great artists of yesteryear, especially one of my all time favourites Dexter Gordon, and think back to some of the superb lunchtime sessions we’ve had over the years.

I hope one day we can revive the very essence of live chilled jazz in a truly salubrious venue. Until then, may you all stay safe and strong.

POSTPONED – The Dave Cottle Trio with Sarah Meek – 18th October

The band were due to play the great songs duets of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong including They Can’t Take That Away From Me, A Fine Romance, I Won’t Dance and many more. Plus the great solo songs from Ella including Manhattan, My Funny Valentine, That Old Black Magic. Louis will be belting out Just One of Those Things, Hello Dolly and Wonderful World. Ah, brings a tear to the eye.

Well, hopefully they, too, will be able to make a return about this time next year. Until then, all the normal stays: safe, healthy, strong etc.

POSTPONED – The Old Malthouse Jazz Band – 17th May

This would have been a first appearance in Tenby of a new band to us, albeit featuring some musicians from other bands you’ve seen before: Mike Kennedy from New Orleans Hot Potatoes & Greg Sterland from Duski. The band hails from the Bristol area and revels in their delivery of contemporary trad jazz.

You would have loved their performance. So, despite the bad news of the concert being another COVID-19 victim, the good news is they’re coming back next year. How about that as a light at the end of someone’s tunnel?

POSTPONED – The Maddi Stimpson Quartet – 19th April

Another concert hits the COVID-19 dust. We’ve invited Maddi back for next year, so all is not lost!

The concert would have featured mostly the manouche (gypsy jazz) sound made famous by the great Django Reinhardt, and bluegrass and country swing made famous by Chet Atkins, Tony Rice and Doc Watson, the band’s set will also include music from the bebop and jazz of Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck and Wes Montgomery. Some journey!

The band is:-
Madi Stimpson guitar & vocals
Ken Moore guitar, sax & harmonica
Marko Miletic double bass
Geoff Walker sax

If you haven’t caught one of Maddi’s previous ‘grunge’ gypsy jazz gigs, this is a must  see. If you have, you’ll be coming anyway.

POSTPONED – Keith Litte Swing Trio + Jane Williams – 22nd March

Reflecting these uncertain times & the threat of Coronavirus, this concert has been postponed.

The Keith Little Swing Trio will return to TenbyJazz, hopefully with guest vocalist Jane Williams, next year.

There’ll be Swing from the 40s, a touch of Dixieland and some great melodies. Inspired by the Swing Music of Benny Goodman, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong and the like, the varied repertoire of this lively Band also includes Jump ‘n’ Jive numbers after the  style of Louis Prima.

Jane’s exuberant vocals add a new dimension to the band’s, always polished, performance.

Led by Keith on piano, the band features Gethin Liddington on trumpet, Donnie Joe Sweeney on bass and vocals.

This concert is on Mother’s Day, so if you wanted to spoil your music loving mother, here’s your opportunity.