International jazz festival to ban non-Welsh jazz

A RENOWNED international music festival held in a Welsh town will from now on feature only Welsh jazz.
The annual Brecon Jazz Festival has been going since 1984 and has showcased great artists such as Van Morrison, Stan Tracey, Amy Winehouse, Sun Ra and Courtney Pine.
But from next year invitations will be sent only to jazz artists born in Wales or with at least one Welsh parent. The first act to sign up is the Zoot Llewelyn Quintet, from Barry.
Also expected to swing by are Dewi Gillespie, Ieuan Coltrane and Thelonius Griffith-Williams.
Councillor Tegwyn “Teg” Davies, whose arts department authorises the venues for uses as place of entertainment, says the decision is designed to foster international good will and raise awareness of Welsh jazz.
He told the Daily Goggle: “American jazz is very much the poor relation. Anyone who has heard the Zoot Llewelyn quintet will tell you they have never been able to forget that sound.”
Zoot, 61, is no stranger to controversy.
At a recent gig in the Pontyclun Athletic Club and Institute an audience member pointed out the Zoot Llewelyn Quintet had only four members and demanded a fifth of his money back.
Zoot, whose catchphrase is: “I stays cool while I blows,” sustained cuts and bruises in the ensuing brawl.
Later he explained: “I never knew quintet meant five. You lives and learns.”

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