All That Jazz!

“I left Brecon Jazz with a new appreciation for jazz this weekend!”

– Ciaran Hiscox (some guy that looks weird sometimes) 

I found filming Brecon Jazz a great experience personally and professionally, this was the first time I have attended this event but I have heard great things about the past ones that I was really excited to attend and work there.

Brecon is a lovely little place, add this with festival where the weird and wonderful people come out of their holes to add a special twist to Brecon (one which was a man dressed as a nun driving around with a portable piano acting really strange and playing the Trainspotting song at people drinking which was hilarious)

Our first mission of Brecon was to film Burt Bacharach (since he was the only one preforming on Thursday), if you are around my age? don’t worry I haven’t heard of either but you defiantly heard the songs he penned which include Raindrops and What’s new pussy cat and many more, we tested the cameras on the sound check which we ironed out some problems then came the main event.

I had a great view of the whole stage from my stripper podium (here I would spend most of my time in Brecon) Burt Bacharach came out looking like Yoda form empire accompanied by three back up singers, which did most of the singing but they all were very good and they got the crowd going with the classics and in fairness it was a really enjoyable hour half.

Friday rolled around and this time it was a Jazz band thing? called Loose Tubes the leader who’s name was Django led his men to the stage to my surprise there was about thirty of them on stage at once, now this was chaos to film because we was trying to work out who is playing what and where they were, after the first twenty minutes we had were on a roll getting into the swing of things then right at the end they came off stage and into the audience. To be honest Loose Tubes wasn’t my musical cup of tea but I could see that the audience was really into it and getting into mood especially when they got into the crowd.

Saturday was a totally different the stalls were out in force with welsh cakes galore (along with many great food!) this day was really heavy on filming this gave a chance to go out with a Z1 and film the streets which included walking slinkies, tap dancing turkeys, angels riding about on thing under his dress (Yeah I know kinda weird but a lot of fun!) After the fun of the streets I teamed up with another camera man to rush place to place in Brecon (The festival was across six locations which where a tent in a parking lot, a beautiful cathedral, market hall, guild hall, Christ college and then Brecon theatre)

After the run around we got to the main event, which was Laura Mvula, who I have heard of and liked two of her songs and the she did with tinie tempah! she did her whole set in sound check which we again tested the cameras out. The time came for her to preform but before her she had a support act who was really good and she got a packed market hall warmed up for Laura. She came out to a huge applause, her set seem to fly by, her songs went down well and she got everyone up and moving which was great for the cameras, this wrapped Saturday up in a nice bundle as I really enjoyed her and her music( she is second in my list of performers from the festival)

Sunday started with a down pour of rain but this did not set the tone of the day, Sunday was like Saturday in that we had to run around place to place filming bits of the artists but during the rushing I came across The Remi Harris gypsy jazz project at guild hall which was amazing! they sounded beautiful for the instrumental then they invited this women out to sing and her voice mixed with the music was just prefect for the ears, I wished I could of stayed for the whole thing but duty called and we had to run off leaving the number on on my list of performers.

Gregory Porter was the closing act of Brecon Jazz, everything was set up, the stage looked nice, the show started but I was distracted by Gregory’s snood thing around his head and that led me thinking ‘Why?’ (If you get a chance just look him up and see it’s weird) but this didn’t distract me for long because his music did instead, he had a great voice and good songs and it was quite easy to film (well compared to Loose Tubes it was and because of this he is third in my list).

The show finished with a standing applause which was well deserved, the audience left with smiles on their faces and I left with a great experience under my belt, I worked with great people and met lovely people on my journeys.