New Year Post 2: A word about Dempsey’s (Cardiff)

Getting the Dempsey’s Jazz email from Brenda O’Brien is always accompanied by a frisson of anticipation. ‘Who has Alistair McMurchie lured to that upstairs room opposite the castle now?’ is my usual thought.   The pair have run the club for well over ten years in that location and it is a ‘must visit’ on most tour itineraries, not least for the piano as well as the welcome.   What a jolt then to read not an early warning of another booking coup, but that Dempsey’s is closing and with it the venue of the club.  With two, sometimes three gigs a week through most of the year, they estimate 1400-1500 gigs put on during their tenure.   For such unwelcome news, its a remarkably up-beat message with the search for an alternative venue. They’ll run until the pub closes on 12th February. Its another moment to pause and this time salute Alistair and Brenda for what they’ve done.  Whether they can find an alternative remains to be seen.  Luck and a few helping hands are needed.

This is the advertised programme.

Monday 16th January  The Collective – Great Big Band with tremendous charts. and some fine players. Come and experience this music close up.
Tuesday 17 January  Cloudmakers plus2 – Jim Hart vibraphone, Michael Janisch double bass, Dave Smith drums with guests: Hannes Riepler guitar,  Antonin Tri Hoang alto saxophone
Wednesday 18th January RWCMD showcase – two bands of Welsh College   students
Tuesday 24th January – TBC
Wednesday 25th January TUK TUK – Joe Northwodd tenor, Aidan Thorne bass Paulo Adamo drums plus special guest
 Tuesday 31st January  RWCMD showcase – two bands of Welsh College students
Wednesday 1st February – TBC
Tuesday 7th February CAPITAL CITY JAZZ ORCHESTA – The Big Band with OMPH.
Wednesday 8th February  The Pete Canter Trio – Pete on Soprano and Tenor saxes Matt Johns on Keys and Ron Phelan on 5-string double bass. They will be playing originals fusing comtemporary European Jazz with fold and Latin Influences.

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