Stan Tracey, a former house pianist at the world-famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, will take to the stage at the Dylan Thomas Centre on Saturday October 27.
Swansea Council organises the Dylan Thomas Festival, now a major event on the annual literary calendar.
Stan will perform a jazz version of ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ accompanied by a quartet that will be narrated by his grandson, Ben.
Inspired by Dylan Thomas’ famous short story, the 85-year-old put pen to paper for the first time in more than a decade to compose the new piece.
Stan said: “I've always had a particular fondness for ‘A Child's Christmas in Wales’ because it evokes so many memories of when I was a child.
“I hope the music reflects some of the pleasure it gave me.”
Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “We’re delighted to secure a name of Stan Tracey’s calibre for the 2012 Dylan Thomas Festival. It means the event will appeal to fans of both Dylan Thomas and top class jazz music.
“This is a perfect build-up to the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth in 2014, when a series of exciting events is being planned to commemorate one of the world’s greatest ever poets.”
Tickets are priced from £7 to £25. They’re available at http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/
The Dylan Thomas Festival returns from October 27 to November 9. It also features Graham Hunter, Paul Durcan, Samantha Wynne Rhydderch, Nigel Jenkins, Menna Elfyn, Ros Barber, Kevin Barry and Roshi Fernando.