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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, 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, Nigel Price Quartet

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, Martin Dale Quartet, John Shillito’s Riviera Ramblers, Tom Unwin’s Workshop Band, Sons of the Delta.



Stroller tickets are also available for individual days
New for 2018 – All blues gigs are included in the blues stroller ticket
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Friday 16th November

Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra with guest pianist Andrea Vicari
8-10pm at Pavilions Teignmouth
The official opening event of the festival – Performances at the House of Commons, the Royal Albert Hall and at the 2012 Montreux Jazz Festival reflect just how outstandingly good the DYJO are.  Drawing the best of Devon’s youth jazz musicians together they are split into two bands: DYJO2 is composed of younger members, directed by Brian Moore and DYJO1 is drawn from older pupils, directed by Graham Hutton.  DYJO1, in addition, has a specialist sax coach, Roz Harding, one of the region’s top jazz musicians.
This year DYJO are accompanied by jazz pianist Andrea Vicari.
£12.50 on the door

Dave Stephens – Solo Jazz Guitar
4-5pm at Teignmouth Social Club
Dave will be performing standards and self-penned compositions from his recently released album ‘The Singing Bridge’, inspired by local landmarks such as Shaldon Bridge (The Singing Bridge), The Ness and the Teignmouth to Shaldon ferry.
£6 on the door

Matt Carter Quartet feat. Leigh Coleman
5.30-7.30pm at The Bronx Bar
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.
£12.50 on the door

Vince Lee and the Big Combo
5.45-7.45pm at Teignmouth Social Club
Without question one of the finest blues guitarists in the country, Vince and his band The Big Combo provide the hottest mix of slide guitar country blues with tough rhythm and blues, soul, jazz and swing.  Their choice of material ranges from classic blues and hot swing of the 20s and 30s through to 40s and 50s blues.  A sound pumped out at octane levels by a surprisingly small ‘Big’ Combo of guitar (Vince Lee), drums (Sebastian Boleslawski) and bass (Al Wallis).
£12.50 on the door

The Blow-Up
7.30-9.30pm at the Teign Heritage Centre
Performing a distinctive, dynamic brand of cinematic jazz groove, drawing on a rich pool of 60s and 70s soundtrack tunes – Get Carter, Alfie, Bond, Black Orpheus, Bullitt, Midnight Cowboy and more. Stylish and accessible, the band features Tom Unwin on piano and Stig Olson on saxes and bass clarinet, and completed by the fluid twin rhythms of the multi-talented Marcus Vergette on double bass and Ric Byer on drums.
£12.50 on the door

Julian Piper Blues Band with Craig Milverton
8.30-10.30 at Teignmouth Social Club

Adam Sweet Blues Band
9-11pm at The Bronx Bar
Veteran music journalist Alan Cackett hailed Adam as “simply among the most original and visionary young musicians currently on the cusp of widespread discovery”.
£12.50 on the door

Saturday 17th November

Tom Unwin’s Workshop Band
10.30-11.30am at Pavilions Teignmouth
£2.50 on the door

Dave Stephens Solo Guitar
11am-12noon at the Teign Heritage Centre
Dave will be performing standards and self-penned compositions from his recently released album ‘The Singing Bridge’, inspired by local landmarks such as Shaldon Bridge (The Singing Bridge), The Ness and the Teignmouth to Shaldon ferry.
£6 on the door

Tori Freestone and Alcyona Mick
12noon-2pm at Pavilions Teignmouth
Tori (saxophone) and Alcyona (piano) formed their Duo in 2015 playing Monk tunes on a project in the Canary islands, and were given their first platform as a duo at Manchester Jazz Festival in 2015. The two have known each other for years, working together on the London scene in many different ensembles including the London Jazz orchestra.
Alcyona and Tori enjoy the space and freedom that playing as a duo gives them to approach their material with greater spontaneity and interaction. They share a large range of musical influences that fall not only within the jazz genre, including Brazilian music, English folk, Latin, Arabic, free playing, Monk and more, and their aim is to take the audience on an engaging journey through this sound world.
£15 on the door

Neil Maya Quartet – 1959, The Golden Year of Jazz
12.15-2.15pm in The Bronx
1959 is often considered an extremely influential year in the development of modern jazz with a number of new sub genres within jazz coming to the fore in this year. 1959 spawned some of jazz’s finest albums of all times including of course Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and Dave Brubeck’s Time Out.
Today’s performance will include classic works from Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, Dave Brubeck quartet’s Time Out, John Coltrane’s Giant Steps, Charlie Mingus’s Ah Hum and more.
Neil is joined by Gavin Martin on piano, Kevin Sanders on double bass and Preston Prince on drums.
£12.50 on the door

Alexandra Ridout Quintet
1-3pm at the Teign Heritage Centre
In the Dec 17/Jan 18 issue of Jazzwise magazine Alexandra is noted in ‘The shape of jazz to come: who to look out for in 2018’- “Trumpeter Alexandra Ridout was an outstanding winner of the BBC young musician jazz award of 2016 and just keeps on growing as an artist.”
The members of the Alexandra Ridout Quintet all met at The Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz department. Their passion for the music and outstanding musicianship produce an incredibly mature band sound that belies their tender years. They are equally at home playing hard swinging jazz, contemporary jazz, poignant ballads and solid funk tunes.
Alexandra Ridout – Trumpet, Noah Stoneman – Piano, Miles Mindlin – Guitar, Freddie Jensen – Double Bass, Luca Caruso – Drums
£12.50 on the door

La Vie En Rose
2.15-4.15pm at Teignmouth Social Club
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. 
£12.50 on the door

Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble
3-5pm in Pavilions Teignmouth
Gilad Atzmon returns to Teignmouth with his band Orient House Ensemble and anyone who saw them on their previous visits will know what a treat is in store.
£15 on the door

3-5pm at The Bronx
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.
£12.50 on the door

Andrea Vicari Trio
4-6pm at the Teign Heritage Centre

£12.50 on the door

Alex Lloyd Band
5-7pm at Teignmouth Social Club
This new line-up consisting of young South West based musicians and fronted by saxophonist and arranger Alex Lloyd, blend a combination of Jazz, Funk and Soul which is sure to have something for everyone. With the Alex Lloyd Band’s debut album ‘What In The World’ released in December 2017, the fresh faced group offer a range of original compositions as well as tunes by the likes of Cannonball Adderley, Junior Walker and Horace Silver.
£12.50 on the door

Nigel Price Quartet
6-8pm at Pavilions Teignmouth
Nigel Price – Guitar, Ross Stanley – Organ, Winston Clifford – Drums, Vasilis Xenopoulas – Tenor Sax
£15 on the door

Annika Skoogh Quartet
6-8pm at The Bronx
Led by multilingual Swedish singer Annika Skoogh who is making a name for herself on the jazz scene as a vibrant and soulful singer with a natural talent and she brings a special blend of Scandinavian charm and Latin flavour to her performances in her own playful style. The band’s music is fresh interpretations of timeless jazz standards and songs by other composers arranged in an imaginative way with strong tones of Latin. Annika’s ensemble of highly accomplished musicians and some of the finest are; Tom Berge – keys, Al Swainger – bass and Coach York – drums.  A signed copy of the band’s debut album will also be available to buy at the gig.
£12.50 on the door

7-9pm at the Teign Heritage Centre
Milon are a Bristol-based quartet formed by Dino Christodoulou, tenor saxophonist, and guitarist Neil Smith. On drums is Roberto Nappi with Pasquale Votino on electric and double bass. Middle east grooves interpreted via alt-rock and modern jazz without compromise.
Dino Christodoulou – sax, Neil Smith – guitar, Pasquale Votino – bass, Roberto Nappi – drums.
£12.50 on the door

Gustav Bensel Hot Club
8.30-10pm in Teignmouth Social Club
Gypsy and Klezmer trio led by saxophonist Andy Williamson
£12.50 on the door

Leo Richardson Quartet
9-11pm at Pavilions Teignmouth
Without a doubt, Leo Richardson is 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.
£15 on the door

Kyla Brox Blues Band
9-11pm at The Bronx
Seven-time British Blues Awards Finalist and three-time European Blues Awards nominee Kyla Brox can be tender, urgent and gritty: she blurs the distinction between pleasure and pain like the soul greats of old. The daughter of legendary blues singer Victor Brox, Kyla started singing on-stage at the age of 12 and has several albums to her name, including the band triumph Coming Home (2004) and the stripped and sensitive Grey Sky Blue (2009).
£12.50 on the door

Sunday 18th November

John Shillito’s Riviera Ramblers
12noon-2pm at the Teign Heritage Centre
John’s sextet will be performing their new show ‘Ride Red, Ride – Remembering Henry ‘Red’ Allen’.
John Shillito – trumpet & vocals, Zoe Lambeth – clarinet, saxes & vocals, Bob Martin – trombone, Pete Furnish – double bass, Dale Whitlock – guitar and John Whitlock – rhythm guitar.

£12.50 on the door

The Schmoozenbergs
12.30-2.30pm at Teignmouth Social Club
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.
£12.50 on the door

Al Swainger Quartet
1.30-3.30pm at Pavilions Teignmouth
Chick Corea revisited.  A mix of latin, fusion and ambience
Al Swainger – Bass, Joe Northwood – Tom Berge – Keys, John Clark – Drums

£15 on the door

Jade Gall Quartet with guest Julien Alenda
1.45-3.45 at The Bronx
Jade Gall is a highly celebrated UK-based saxophonist and flautist, hailed as having a “big, strong tenor sound with a beautiful sense of melody and swing…a musician to look out for in the future” by top UK trumpeter Steve Waterman.
£12.50 on the door

Martin Dale Quartet
3-5pm at The Teign Heritage Centre
The Martin Dale Quartet, led by Martin on Tenor Sax, play a completely mixed programme of jazz, everything from Be-Bop, Bossa Novas, Standards and some well known “Pop” tunes thrown in for good measure!  There is something for everyone.
Martin is ably backed by Gavin Martin – piano, Valere Speranza – bass and Ric Byer – drums.
£12.50 on the door

3.30-5.30pm at Teignmouth Social Club
Returning to the festival this year are Rob & Yvonne with a reworking of classic pop tunes with a focus on female writers and singers such as Carol King, Etta James, and Joni Mitchell.
£12.50 on the door

Bassey Plays Massey Septet
4.30-6.30pm in Pavilions Teignmouth
The ‘Bassey Plays Massey’ Septet is an exciting collaboration for Teignmouth Jazz Festival between two bandleaders: Mark Bassey, one of British jazz’s finest trombonists and local trumpet player Sam Massey.  The band will be performing exciting new arrangements and compositions from both leaders, along with cleverly reworked standards and compositions from British jazz favourites including the late Kenny Wheeler.
Mark Bassey – Trombone, Sam Massey – Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Jade Gall – Sorpano, Alto & Tenor Saxophone and Alto Flute, Julien Alenda – Alto & Tenor Saxophone, Lewis Riley – Piano, Jim Rintoul – Bass, Kevin O’Rourke – Drums.
£15 on the door

Greg Abate with the Matt Carter Trio
5.30-7.30pm at The Bronx
Charlie Parker inspired bebop at its very best.  We welcome Greg back to Teignmouth, performing with the talented Matt Carter Trio.
£12.50 on the door

Innes Sibun Blues Band
7.30-9.30pm at Teignmouth Social Club
Innes Sibun has toured the USA in Robert Plants band and headlined major European festivals with his own band and now he’s coming to Teignmouth!  Total Guitar Magazine says of the Innes Sibun Band, “Probably the best blues you’ll hear all year”
Innes Sibun – Guitar & Vocals, Jim Blackmore – Piano, Steve Hall – Bass, Kevin O’Rourke – Drums
£12.50 on the door

Sons of the Delta
8.30-10.30pm at The Bronx
Playing an earthy, passionate blend of electric/acoustic Juke Joint and Delta Blues flavoured with the many roots music styles
from the southern states of the USA – from delicate, intimate acoustic numbers to full on house-rockin’ electric Blues
£12.50 on the door

The Dave Hankin Big Band
8.30-10.30pm at Pavilions Teignmouth
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.
£15 on the door





Al Swainger Quartet – Chick Corea revisited.  A mix of latin, fusion and ambience.

Schmoozenbergs – 




The Sam Massey Ensemble featuring trombonist Mark Bassey.



The Alex Lloyd Band – Jazz Funk Band.


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