2018 Festival Weekend
16th, 17th & 18th November
We are very proud to announce the line-up for this year’s festival
Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra with guest pianist Andrea Vicari, Matt Carter Quartet feat. Leigh Coleman
Vince Lee & the Big Combo, Julian Piper Craig Milverton Duo, Adam Sweet Band, Dave Stephens
Tori Freestone & Alcyona Mick Duo, Gilad Atzmon OHE, Nerija, Leo Richardson Quartet, Andrea Vicari Trio
Alexandra Ridout Quintet, MILON, Le Vie En Rose, Alex Lloyd Band, Dave Stephens, Gustav Bensel Hot Club
Neil Maya Quartet, Annika Skoogh Quartet, PYJÆN, Kyla Brox Blues Band
Al Swainger Quartet, Sam Massey Ensemble, The Dave Hankin Big Band, The Schmoozenbergs
R.A.Y., Innes Sibun Band, Jade Gall Quintet, Greg Abate with the Matt Carter Trio
+ One more blues band TBC
Meet the Bands
PYJÆN – Based in London, PYJÆN is a band with its common link in improvised music and the jazz tradition, but with vision of pushing music forward in new directions. The sound of PYJÆN has many influences… Rock, electro, afrobeat, hip hop and jazz fusion being a few of them.
Having all met at Trinity Laban College of music, PYJÆN have the shared goal of exploring life through musical expression and perfecting their art.
Greg Abate with the Matt Carter Trio – Charlie Parker inspired bebop at its very best. We welcome Greg back to Teignmouth, performing with the talented Matt Carter Trio.
Leo Richardson Quartet – widely recognised to be one of London’s leading Jazz Tenor Saxophonists, best known for his honest, straight-ahead, contemporary hard-bop style. His most significant influences include John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Horace Silver and Art Blakey.
Alexandra Ridout Quintet – Alexandra Ridout was crowned the winner of the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016 at the age of 17. ” We were enchanted by Alexandra’s presence as a musician, her sound, but I think most importantly there was a relationship with the blues and swinging that sounds important in her playing” – Julian Joseph, Chair of the jury of the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016.
Nerija – This all female band were winners of the Jazz Newcomer Parliamentary Jazz Award 2017 and Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year 2016 nominees, Nerija are are a collective of London-based musicians playing exciting and original music inspired by Jazz, Hip Hop, Afrobeat and South African Township.
Gilad Atzmon & the Orient House Ensemble – Gilad Atzmon founded the Orient House Ensemble band in London in the 2000 and since then they have toured the world extensively.
Kyla Brox – Runner-up in the British Blues Awards 2016, Instrumentalist of the Year category, Kyla is without doubt the most authentic UK blues and soul singers of her generation.
Tori Freestone & Alcyona Mick Duo – After working together on the London jazz scene in various large ensembles including the London Jazz Orchestra and then traveling together to work on a project in the Canary Islands in 2014, Tori (saxophone & flute) and Alcyona (piano) decided to fuse their unique writing styles and improvisational approaches to explore some new material and contemporary standards with a twist.
The Dave Hankin Big Band – The Dave Hankin Big Band has risen to become the South West’s premier Jazz Orchestra. Featuring high-quality musicianship, and performing a diverse repertoire from Glenn Miller to Maynard Ferguson – all of Dave’s very own arrangements. The Dave Hankin Big Band is a feast for music lovers.
Al Swainger Quartet – Chick Corea revisited. A mix of latin, fusion and ambience.
Gustav Bensel Hot Club – A Klezmer and Gypsy jazz band from Dartmoor
Schmoozenbergs – Returning for the 2nd year, the Schmoozenbergs conjure up the mood of 1930s Paris, fused with the energy of a campfire jam session, their uplifting gypsy swing music will put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step. With two guitars, violin and double bass, they bring irresistible rhythms, lyrical melodies and playful improvisation, to create a heart-warming sound.
Julian Piper with Craig Milverton & Coach York – Guitar, organ and drums blues trio.
Adam Sweet Blues Band – Guitarist and vocalist Adam will be bringing his full band the the festival.
Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra will be officially opening our festival again this year. Appearing with DYJO this year is pianist Andrea Vicari.
MILON – Groove orientated middle east inspired improvisors.
The Sam Massey Ensemble featuring trombonist Mark Bassey.
The Matt Carter Quartet feat. Leigh Coleman – Back by popular demand! If you missed their performance at the 2017 festival then please do try to make it this year, you won’t be disappointed.
The Neil Maya Quartet – 1959 The Golden Year of Jazz.
The Alex Lloyd Band – Jazz Funk Band.
La Vie En Rose – an Exeter based group of musicians with wide-ranging individual backgrounds in classical music, traditional jazz, rock, blues, country, ragtime and roots, pulled together by the shared pleasure of gypsy jazz and hot swing.
The Annika Skoogh Quartet – The A.S.Q. are an exciting band and led by Swedish singer Annika Skoogh. Annika is a vibrant jazz singer with a natural talent who brings a special blend of Scandinavian charm and Latin flavour to her performances
The Jade Gall Quintet featuring saxophonist Julien Alenda
R.A.Y. (Rob & Yvonne)
Innes Sibun – “He’s toured the USA in Robert Plant’s band, topped major festivals across Europe with his own band and is one of the finest electric blues guitarists in the UK.…..” Venue Magazine
Dave Stephens – Sensitive renditions of classic standards and original material – solo guitar.
Vince Lee and the Big Combo – Superb west country blues guitarist
More information + full programme to follow very soon