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Wales’ premier jazz event, the Swansea International Jazz Festival featured 55 performances at 16 venues in and around the city’s Maritime Quarter.

Our companion arts and entertainment blog Piece of Pink Pie reviewed this fifth edition of the festival, whose highlights included acid jazz star James Taylor with his Quartet, and Pete Long’s Big Band recreating Benny Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall concert, with some educational insights (and amusing quips) between the numbers.

There were treats for funk and soul fans, with Laurence Cottle and his band performing the work of Tower of Power, and Derek Nash and Noel McCalla with the music of Stevie Wonder.

Louis Prima Jr got the audience jumping, and even joined in a 1am jam session as a bonus, while the weekend rounded off with the Pee Wee Ellis Funk Assembly (pictured).

You can read the review here.

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