JAZZWORKS

Jazzworks was formed in 1994 following a series of jazz workshops run by the Extra-Mural Department of the University of Wales Aberystwyth.

A number of students had played a 'one-off'' concert to great acclaim and the band was born.

They played an adventurous fusion of jazz, blues and rock which appealed to a wide audience.

The band featured:

  • Dave Lister, guitar
  • Jean-Louis Raimbaud, guitar
  • Phil Williams, alto sax
  • Enion Gruffydd, alto sax and flute
  • Claire Foley, soprano sax
  • Iwan Evans, tenor sax
  • Nick Hill, bass guitar
  • James Todd, keyboards
  • Richard Wynne-Jones, drums.

Within the first year the band played 20 gigs at venues ranging from local pubs, Students Union, charity events, the West Wales Jazz Festival and the Machynlleth Festival Fringe. They also featured at the Mid Wales Jazz Foundation gigs held at the Plas Dolguog, Machynlleth and a on-off gig for the Sesiwn Fawr in Bala.

Initially the band were performing covers from various artists such as Herbie Hancock, Miles Davies, Horace Silver and Kenny Dorham, but eventually started to write and incorporate original material into the set.

However, after a period of about 2 years a number of the band members started to take an interest in Hip-pop and went on to form a Welsh rap band fusing Hip-hop and jazz know as Ummh. This marked the end of Jazzworks and at which point the individual member went on to pursue other musical avenues.