The 2012 Brecon Jazz Festival welcomes superstar Dionne Warwick

This years Brecon Jazz festival, which offers a great family day out this August in Wales will benefit from a real star turn in the shape of American superstar Dionne Warwick, the five time winner of a Grammy Award.

The new organisers of the Festival, Orchard, have announced a powerful programme that brings together star names, current and emerging Welsh talent, jazz favourites, innovative collaborations, Jazz club nights and a real party atmosphere to light up the Brecon streets from the 10-12 August.

Dionne Warwick is this year celebrating 50 years in show business, over which time she has sold more that 100m records, and will be appearing in the Market Hall on Friday the 10th August as part of the Brecon Jazz Festival.

Another big jazz name gracing the stage of the Market hall will be the vocalist/vibraphonist Roy Ayers. This highly respected artist in the world of jazz and R&B is renowned as Neo-soul’s Godfather and is making an exclusive British appearance a the even

Welsh pianist Huw Warren is involved this year as artist-in-residence, in collaborations with Thomas Stronen and Peter Herbert. Jazz fans can look forward to performances by the likes of Neil Yates, Lighthouse, Trio Libero, Neil Cowley, Claire Martin, YolanDa Brown, Stan Tracey, Bobby Wellins, Alan Barnes, Kit Downes, Ginger Baker and many more.

In addition to the Market Hall, there will be concerts in Theatr Brycheiniog, emerging artists and home grown Welsh talent will largely perform in the Guildhall and there will be special events in Brecon Cathedral, providing a great family day out.

The town centre will be the location for some spectacular street entertainment and the Brecon Fringe is running an extensive programme of music in bars, venues and around the town throughout the weekend.

There is even a commemorative concert for Jed Williams, the founder and Artistic Director of Brecon Jazz throughout much of its 28 year history, promoting Jazz4Jed, a bursary set up in his name to benefit Jazz talent in Wales, along with workshops held in Christ College.

Mr Janczur again: “Brecon Jazz is a heritage brand with a great international reputation. If we can get close to recapturing the values, spirit and magic of the heyday of Brecon Jazz, we’ll have done our job. The musical line-up is exciting, we’ve had a great amount of goodwill from the town, the county and the Festival Fringe, so we’re now all set for a fantastic weekend in August.”