Friday, 4 May 2012

FESTIVAL PATRONS @ CW12: Jen Wilson Jazz Piano

CW12 Welcomes Festival Patron:

with Margot Morgan singing Dylan Thomas's poems.

Jen Wilson With Stan Tracy performing a commissioned piece for
Swansea's Year of Literature and Writing in 1995.

We are so pleased that Jen Wilson is coming as one of our Patrons to perform Jazz Piano &with  Dylan Thomas Poetry sang by Margot Morgan for Celtic Womenfest this August Bank Holiday 26th & 27th August at The National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Jen Wilson is celebrating
Over 50 years as a Jazz Pianist.

Her biog reads like a 'who's who' of Jazz, performing with the likes of the Ronnie Scott Quartet in 1959 & her contribution to restoring the presence of women's music history in her genre is nothing short of inspirational, being the founder of Women in Jazz.

She is an AMAZING musician and very special human being!

Jen Wilson with Uzo Iwobi, Chair of Swansea African Community Centre

We are so delighted that she is supporting CW12 and coming to perform extracts from her current album
'12 poems' setting the works of Dylan Thomas to Jazz Music.

On her website Jen gives us an insight into the stereotypes she faced in the late 1950's when she started performing:

'Some quotes over the years from the jazz police....

“You can't play that”
“One of the girlfriend's luv?”
“Play ballads, much more fitting”
“Wear high heels next time”
“She can't sing here in Doc Marten's boots”
“Girls can't play jazz”
“Your set is not what we usually have”
“You shouldn't have her on the bandstand, it's not jazz”
“There aren't any women jazz musicians are there?”
“What do you want to set up a women's jazz archive for?”
“You like Jerry Lee Lewis? I wouldn't mention that if I were you”
“Lovie Austin? Never heard of her”
“We won't offer a gig, but you can have an open mic slot”
“She's a manhater and she won't have men in her band”
“Wear a dress”

Here she is, still performing
Over Half a Century later!

Now that IS jazz!

Make sure you book the August Bank Holiday
Celtic Womenfest into your diary to see more than 40 of our gifted musicians, song writers & poets
in The National Botanic Garden of Wales

Come & Be Inspired!

CW12 is brought to you via a partnership between Cheryl Beer, Creative Director &
The National Botanic Garden of Wales

Full details available from

NB: Welsh Transaltion is available on request from The National Botanic Garden of Wales

at 10 Downing Street having been invited for their work together
commemorating the Bi-Centenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade

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