Teignmouth Jazz the home of great 'live' Jazz music
Welcome to Teignmouth Jazz & Blues website. On here you will find information about our gig nights, the November festival, membership and contact information and much much more.
We host gig nights as often as we can, usually every other month. We put on a varied programme of Jazz and Blues at these popular evenings, held in The Riviera (the old cinema) on Teignmouth Seafront, attracting an audience both young and old.
Our festival, held every November, is a fabulous weekend long event that attracts people from far and wide. We present international, national and local artists. We aim to promote new talent as well as established musicians at our main venues and at the very popular fringe events.
Jazz. Music that is difficult to define but certainly enjoys a great following. Jazz critic Joachim Berendt considers it broadly as 'a form of art music which originated in the United States through the confrontation of blacks with European music'. However difficult to define, improvisation is clearly one of its key elements and the skilled performer will interpret a tune in very individual ways, never playing the same composition exactly the same way twice. He will be affected by an interaction with fellow musicians or even members of the audience and alter melodies, harmonies or time signatures at will.
Here in Teignmouth – Devon's Festival resort – we have been offering the jazz enthusiast for many years a programme of monthly 'Club Nights' leading up to a busy weekend Festival in November and, for those seeking to improve their performance, a series of popular workshops. This website describes the activities of Teignmouth Jazz and invites you to join us at one of our events or even become a member [with significant benefits].
However jazz is defined, we offer a varying programme that features the Blues, traditional and modern jazz, gifted vocalists and performers. Some are local, others national or international.
Teignmouth Jazz is managed by the Jazz Team - a committee of volunteers elected annually by Teignmouth Jazz members. The present line-up is a relatively new configuration - a group of diverse, experienced jazz enthusiasts who bring their talents to promoting all aspects of jazz and blues. Some members of the Team plan the gigs, the Annual Jazz & Blues Festival and the promotion and publicity. Other members bring their skills to the admin side of things. The Team also produce the occasional e-newsletter for members. The Team is always open to ideas and practical help. Anyone wishing to help is invited to contact the secretary [see 'Contacts'] – they will be most welcome!