RWCMD’s jazz musicians had their wellies at the ready as the hugely successful RWCMD Jazz Time took up residence at The Hay Festival last month.
Described by Bill Clinton as the ‘Woodstock of the Mind’, the festival, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, incorporated new late music venue, The Sound Castle, embracing an explosion of new musical talents within funk, gospel, soul, folk, hip-hop, electronic and jazz. Its line up, which included Mercury Prizewinner Speech Debelle and iconic Welsh singer songwriter Cerys Matthews was billed as vibrant, open-minded, progressive and youthful.
RWCMD Jazz Time performed daily concerts from 12-1pm throughout the festival. Ranging from stunning improvisations to highly charged ballads, reggae to contemporary world grooves, RWCMD’s Head of Jazz Paula Gardiner presented some of the most exciting young musicians on the scene including Joe Webb Trio, Melly – Underneath The Umbrella Tree, Alex Haines, Lloyd Haines, Huw Williams with Greg Sterland, Margot Morgan – Your Voice, Dan Smith, Greg Cordez, The James Clark Quintet, PC’s Tribute to Ornette, Ben Treacher, Jasmine Power, Tom Ollendorf Quartet, Cat Wright Trio and Jonas Seetoh and Band.