Cardiff Jazz Clubs and Cafe Bars
This article gives an overview of Cardiff Jazz Clubs and Café bars in Cardiff as well as reviewing the major jazz festivals in South Wales.
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The Parkhouse club has regular jazz clubs offering a night with its resident pianist, Rhys Hoddinott. An excellent piano vocalist, who has been learning his trade for over 10 years. His range is from 40’s jazz to current ballads and pop songs. His enjoyment of his music is a major asset to the club.
Cafe Jazz this is one of those Jazz clubs that has jazz and blues in abundance. Now when you top this off with excellent food the recipe for a good night out is complete. It is no surprise that the club gets 4 and 5 star reviews on a regular basis. This and the fact that it has a prime central location make it one of the top Cardiff Jazz clubs.
The Preservation Jazz Society, has been around for 16 years and arranges a different Jazz band every Tuesday evening. A terrific opportunity to experience Jazz either as a newbie or an old hand!
The Cardiff Jazz Society also plays a role in Cafe Jazz and dates back to 1978, it is now a charity and has a major role in promoting Jazz and Jazz clubs in all parts of Wales whilst being situated in Cardiff.
Dempseys Jazz Club Irish pub that runs one of the many regular Jazz Clubs in Cardiff.
Gigs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with performances lasting about 2 hours. Admission is £7.00 but there are concessional rates at £5
Entrance is opposite Cardiff castle main entrance, on the corner of Castle and Womanby Streets. The club operates on the first floor.
St David’s Hall started to operate a “Jazz on the Level” performance, it very quickly became one of the most popular of Jazz clubs popular and is now seen as a regular event. Performances are on level 3 and the full facilities of St Davids are at hand, so book a drink fo the show and you can even book Tapas from the bar!
Host monthly Jazz Clubs and Blues spot, a recent band was the band THEM DEAD BEATS, described as ‘3 piece Cardiff Blues Punk’ This sums up the Café bar really, they are apparently inspired by drunken nights, bar fights and love for the weird.
You get different local bands in a great little club; this must be what the Cavern Club was like from which the ‘Beatles’ emerged. It’s not just a night venue either doing fine coffee during the day.A really popular Cafe Bar.
Porters Bar is a fairly recent addition to the Cardiff Cafe bars scene and features some great live music and comedy acts, really sumptuous seating with a range of beers. It also has its own mini cinema to give a one-stop shop for entertainment. Been getting some very good reviews focussing on its spacious luxury. It is also located in a part of town devoid of life unless you are going to the CIA for a concert or staying in the Big Sleep Hotel.
Fusion Cafe Bar is a bit of a find, located in Charles street it seems to offer everything. Live acoustic music, excellent original cocktails, coffee and cakes, even a roast on Sunday! This is sure to become a favourite of cafe bars with the locals as a fresh new venue.
Butetown Bay Jazz Festival took place over the May Bank Holiday last year, if it happens in 2013 it is an event not to miss. Last year events like the Tomorrows Warriors Youth Orchestra were both free and excellent!
The Raglan festival is fast becoming on of the key musical events in South Wales, the variation in music ranges from Blues, Jazz and Rock to Funk, Pop and Indie. Performers are finding it increasingly difficult to get spots and competion is driving up quality.
There is even an open mike event and plenty of workshops. This year it is scheduled for 7th to 9th June 2013; keep a look out for it.
Brecon Jazz Festival. The final programme for the festival is to be announced in February, to give you a guide last years event was on the weekend of: Friday, August 10 – Sunday August 12 2012. A classic event, which turns the picturesque town of Brecon into a buzzing centre of Jazz, Blues and pop. Last years the headline act was Dionne Warwick. Find out soon who this years act will be.
Jazz clubs -Chapter arts Centre is going to form one of it’s own jazz clubs by offering Brecon Jazz Gigs in Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff from February so keep an eye out for these events on the chapter website.
If you want to find the best musical events in South Wales then check out the Miniature Music Press website listings at www.themmp.tv for a comprehensive calendar.
If you know of any Cardiff Jazz clubs that are not included in this review or a cafe bar that has live music let us know at www. cardifflocalguide.co.uk
By Paul Taylor