Summer Newsletter…..

Brecon Jazz – August 9/10/11

Really looking forward to my second year as Brecon artist in residence, and the next instalment of the World Wide Wales series:
Saturday 10/8 – Brecon Cathedral 5.30pm

Wales meets Naples
– Maria Pia de Vito + Huw Warren
Maria Pia de Vito  voice
Huw Warren  piano
“I honestly can’t remember the last time I saw a live performance in which two artists were so completely attuned to each other”. Jazzwise
Maria Pia de Vito (born in Naples) is one of Europe’s foremost vocalists. She consistently tops the Italian Jazz vocalists poll, and has collaborated with musicians such as John Taylor, Ralph Towner, Rita Marcotulli, Danilo Rea, Joe Zawinul, Michael Brecker, Steve Turre, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. She has studied Jazz, Mediterranean, Balkan, Carnatic and Classical vocal techniques and integrates live electronics into her work. She is increasingly involved in the Brazilian music scene, translating lyrics into Neaplolitan of Chico Buarque, as well as performing with Guinga and Ivan Lins, and has also recorded a project for ECM based around the music of Pergolesi.
Sunday 11/8 – Castle Hotel 1.30pm

Wales meets Brooklyn – Huw Warren + Jim Black + Huw V Williams
Huw Warren  piano/electronics
Huw V Williams   bass
Jim Black    drums/electronics
“where the unexpected meets the unclassifiable” Mojo
An exclusive premiere for Brecon, and a rare UK appearance for NY drummer Jim Black. Jim Black is at the forefront of a new generation of musicians reshaping jazz in the 21st century.  One of the most influential drummers in the world, his aesthetic includes Balkan rhythms, rock songcraft and laptop soundscapes. As well as leading his own band “Alas No Axis” he has worked closely with the leading lights of the downtown scene such as Tim Berne, Chris Speed, Ellery Eskelin, Chris Speed and Uri Caine. Based on the foundation of his virtuosic but highly personal approach to jazz drumming, what many listeners treasure most in Jim Black’s work is the relentless feeling of joy and invention he brings to his performances.
Sunday 11/8 – Brecon Cathedral 8pm
June Tabor  voice
Iain Ballamy   saxophone
Huw Warren  piano
“one of the most surprising and beautiful pieces of work I have heard in a long time” Dave Gelly, The Observer
More Quercus reviews at
A fantastic programme includes Django Bates, John Surman, Phronesis, The Impossible Gentlemen, Nils Petter Molvaer, Laura Jurd and many others. There’s also a great workshop series with masterclasses by Jim Black, Jason Rebello, Julian Siegal, Laurence Cottle, and a masterclass for vocalists and accompanists with Maria Pia de Vito and Huw Warren on  Sunday 11/8 at 4.30pm at Christ College.
 Full programme and book online at
maria pia and huw perugia
Maria Pia and Huw have been performing together since 2008 and have recorded two albums on the Parco della Musica label – Dialektos (with Gabriele Mirabassi) and O Pata Pata (with Ralph Towner). They also are performing at:13th July Giardini Della Filarmonica, Rome, Italy

19th July Piazza Armerina, Sicily, Italy

 8th August Italy

Jim Black

Warren, Black and Williams also play in London on Monday August 12th.

Monday 12/8  8.30pm

Con Cellar Bar, The Constitution  42 St Pancras Way, London NW1 0QT

To check out the huge variety and breadth of Jim’s work head over to

“A complete musician and wonderfully fertile composer….Black has produced a masterpiece of future jazz” The Wire

“Consider a collision of Jan Garbarek, 1950s cool jazz, the Dutch avant-garde, Bill Frisell, a high-school rock band and Black Sabbath, and you might be somewhere near Alas No Axis.”  John Fordham, The Guardian


Warren / Parricelli Quartet at the Vortex



Weds July 17th Vortex Jazz £10
11 Gillett St  London, Greater London N16 8AZ
Huw Warren   piano
John Parricelli   guitar
Dudley Phillips   bass
Zoot Warren   drums
A welcome return to the vortex for long time collaborators Parricelli and Warren. They co led the house band at the old vortex, including memorable gigs with Kenny Wheeler, Iain Ballamy Tim Garland and many others. John is one of the busiest guitarists in the UK and brings a warm musicality and deeply creative approach to every playing situation. One of the founding members of  Loose Tubes,  he has worked with Lars Danielsson, , Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Peter Erskine,  Andy Sheppard,  and many others.

 GSMD Summer School July 14-19th

Huw is a long time member of the teaching faculty at the Guildhall Summer School held in the GSMD in the city of London. Its a fun  and sociable way to discover, learn and improve musical skills in a number of genres and is open to all ages and ability levels! Led by Scott Stroman, a great tutor line up includes Jason Rebello, Richard Michael,Jean Touissant,  Alec Dankworth, trevor Tomkins and many more…
More details and online application forms



July 13th Maria Pia de Vito / Huw Warren Rome

July 14-18th GSMD Summer School, London
July 17th Vortex, London July 19th Maria Pia de Vito / Huw Warren Sicily
July 25th Brasil Special, Bangor Wales
July 26th Huw Warren Neil Yates Qt Engedi Arts, Colwyn Bay Wales
July 30th SOLO Aboyne and Deeside Festival, Aboyne Scotland
July 31st Workshop Aboyne Festival
Aug 8th Maria Pia de Vito / Huw Warren Italy
Aug 10th Maria Pia de Vito / Huw Warren Brecon Jazz
Aug 11th Huw Warren+Jim Black Brecon Jazz
Aug 11th Quercus Brecon Jazz
Aug 12th Huw Warren+Jim Black Con Cellar Bar London
Aug 25th Galeri Caernarfon Wales
Aug 26th Ray Butcher Trio AberJazz Festival, Fishguard Wales