Welcome to the 2016 Porthcawl Jazz Festival.

During the 1920s and 30s when jazz was Top of the Pops, no venue better summed up the spirit of the age than New York’s Cotton Club. Good-time seekers flooded in to enjoy a wealth of fabulous music, song and dance. Our Saturday night re-creation, Swinging at the Cotton Club, features Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra, the dynamic Jiving Lindy Hoppers and vocalists Marlene Hill and Megs Etherington, worthy successors to such original greats as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Bojangles Robinson. You’ll go home smiling.

Friday’s equally impressive A Swinging Affair features the sublime Claire Martin, rated as amongst the four or five finest female vocalists on the planet, booty saxophonist/vocalist Ray “Godfather of Swing” Gelato and a world-class trio led by award-winning pianist Dave Newton.

Equally eclectic and inspirational, globe-trotting pianist Geoff Eales returns to his native South Wales with a new trio to offer his own very special level of virtuosity combined with consummate musicality.

The Rhondda Symphony Pops Orchestra’s programme, which includes tributes to Irving Berlin and Frank Sinatra and also features the flawless voice of leading London session singer Sarah Moule and the lyrical alto saxophone of Glen Manby, has as its centrepiece Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra by Howard Brubeck, composer brother of Dave. Written for the Dave Brubeck Quartet and New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the chance to hear this unusual and rarely-performed piece should alone justify the cost of your ticket.

Seventeen other bands, duos and solo performers complete the 2016 programme. Some are firm favourites, others brand new to the event, but all are committed to providing high quality entertainment for your pleasure.

Our thanks as ever are due to our patrons, sponsors, volunteers, venues, professional staff, programme advertisers and of course the artists without whom none of this would be possible.

Have a great time.

Best wishes,

Wayne Warlow - Festival Director


Starring " Swinging at the Cotton Club "

The following artists have been booked for the Porthcawl Jazz Festival 2016.