FRIDAY 18th October 2019

Book Stroller Tickets

Book Tickets for Friday

The Riviera Centre

6.15pm: Opening ceremony in the presence of the Mayor of Teignmouth 

Tickets £5

Followed by

Laura Rossi’s ‘‘Carpe Vitam’ at approx. 6.30pm

This year’s Festival promotes women in music throughout our programme and we are privileged to open the Festival with a new commission ‘Carpe Vitam’ a multi-media performance, that has sold out in other venues and is supported by Arts Council, England.

Carpe Vitam

Music by Laura Rossi
Film & live visuals by Romana Bellinger & Mike Eden
DerbyshOramiCoda composed and performed by Henry Dagg
Shaldon Primary Choir and Devon Singers conducted by Simon Capet
Violin – Sophie Langdon
Cello – Miriam Lowbury
Electric Guitar – Mike Outram
Piano – Laura Rossi
Electronics – Henry Dagg

Carpe Vitam goes on a journey documenting women making their own way in the world, including footage from 100 years ago, women working during WW1, the struggle for women’s rights to work and votes for women, through to present day, with video/projection art created from new and archive footage of great female role models. The piece combines vibrant imagery, live camera work, acoustic and electronic instruments and Devon Schools Choir who sing and speak quotes and poems by inspirational women;.

Carpe Vitam is by Teignmothian Laura Rossi who has gone on to become a celebrated  Film and TV composer who leads a band of talented musicians including guitarist Mike Outram, violinist Sophie Langdon, cellist Miriam Lowbury, and acclaimed sound sculpturor / musical inventor, Henry Dagg (who invented the Sharpsichord for Bjork) who had written and will perform the DerbyshOramiCoda, which segues in from Rossi’s composition and is inspired by electronic music pioneers Delia Derbyshire and Daphne Oram. Film and live visuals are by Romana Bellinger and Mike Eden.

The Festival is always keen to involve the local community. This rare opening of the Riviera Cinema to host this performance, is a wonderful opportunity for you to sample the charms of this sleeping giant of an auditorium and listen to an inspiring piece of music that fuses classical, jazz and film scores together.

The performance lasts for 45 minutes and is suitable for all ages.

Afterwards the Riviera bar will be open for drinks  and you more live music from The Accabellas – a brilliant vintage and swing harmony tap trio!


The Pavilions Teignmouth

All on the door tickets £10

8.00-10.00 pm: South Devon Big Band  

The South Devon Big Band was formed in 2012 led by Musical Director Neil Maya, Totnes professional saxophonist and teacher.

We have built up a reputation performing regularly both at concerts and for Lindy Hop clubs in the region. Our passion is the music of the great Big Bands of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Glen Miller also more contemporary work by Quincy Jones, Joe Zawinul (Weather Report), Pat Metheny and the Beetles.  You’ll hear Take the A Train, Splanky, In the Mood and American Patrol.  Listen to Swing, Funk, Latin and vocal numbers like Fever, Street Life, Bei Mir Bist Du Shoen and Fly Me to the Moon. Enjoy the delicate slow Trumpet ballad of Lil’ Darlin’ and a Tenor Saxophone solo on Round Midnight … then jump up the energy for Sing, Sing, Sing and the Buddy Rich classic Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!

These 24 enthusiastic musicians will give you all the thrills, rhythms and excitement that only a Big Band can!

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Teignmouth Heritage Centre: 

 All on door tickets £12.50

6.15-8.15 pm: Jade Gall Quartet: 


Jade Gall – Saxes
Kevin Sanders – Bass
Kevin O’Rourke – Drums
Andy Nowak – Keys

Jade is a highly celebrated 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. Experienced in jazz, classical and pop fields, she has performed alongside top class musicians from around the world, including Alison Adams Tucker, Claire Martin, Clare Teal, Jason Rebello and Duncan Lamont and has featured on BBC Radio broadcasts. A regular feature of horn sections across the UK and Europe, Jade has performed to sell-out crowds at the Welsh Millennium Centre, Glastonbury Festival and Boomtown Fair.

As a jazz artist, Jade released her debut quintet album “Out With The Blues” to critical acclaim in 2016, and has since performed as both bandleader and sideman at top jazz venues across the country.



9.00-11.00 pm: Lilli Unwin Band: 


 Lilli Unwin – vocals

Rupert Cox – Piano
Steve Watts – bass 
Boz Martin Jones – drums 


Lilli Unwin is an enchanting and soulful young singer, composer and arranger with an authentic sound, a playful and evocative stage presence and a penchant for intelligent, thought-provoking lyrics. She studied at London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire, where she was awarded a first for her final recital and the TCM Trust Silver Medal in Jazz, she has been building her repertoire and performing at various venues in her adopted home town, London, including Spice of Life, Brixton East and the Hoxton Bar and Kitchen.

She moulds the ups and downs of navigating her twenties into a string of original songs that blaze and smoulder with bold femininity. Her debut releaseaddresses universal themes of love, longing and loss through honest and fearless female stories, propelling Jazz into a whole new dimension.

“ Lilli Unwin is a talented, bright young star who combines her richness of sound and the depth and agility of an instrumentalist- Captivating!” Anita Wardell



Teignmouth Social Club:  

All on door tickets £12.50

5.30- 7.30: Shovelhead           

   Dick Scratcher..vocals
   Geoff Colyer.. guitarBen Walton ..Drums
   Sean Davies ..guitar
   Victoria Sponge.. bass

Shovelhead was formed in 2010 by established musicians Geoff Collyer and Mike Ellis playing classic raw and gutsy, ’arse kicking blues band’ that plays all over the South of England. Their playlist features the music of Stevie Ray Vaughn, BB King, Robert Cray, The Animals, Wilson Picket, Jimi Hendrix The Stray Cats, Johnny Lang served up in the band’s own inimitable style. As the Harley- Davidson connection suggests this is a high octane raw blues band that will start the Festival with a punch.


8.30-10.30 pm: Pete Canter Quartet

Pete Canter .. saxophones
Matt Johns..keyboards
Jim Rintoul ..Bass
Gary Evans ..Drums

 Highly accomplished tenor and soprano saxophonist Pete Canter has a driving, straight-ahead style and a fantastic sound. His soprano saxophone playing is both lyrical and inventive. His repertoire draws upon hard-bop, bebop and Latin jazz as well as his own well-crafted compositions. Pete played on the 1980s London jazz scene and then in Wales, before moving to the Southwest in 2001 where he has gone on to establish himself as a fine saxophone player, composer and band leader responsible for a string of creative jazz projects. He has recorded several well received jazz albums, has played at major U.K. festivals including Cheltenham and his bands have supported Polar Bear and Kyle Eastwood. He has played with Iain Ballamy, Christian Brewer, Harry Beckett and many more. He hosts two regular jazz nights in Exeter: one on sax, the long running Bridge Jazz Club; and the other on double bass. He is joined in Teignmouth by fantastic pianist Matt Johns, in demand double bassist Jim Rintoul and the excellent Gary Evans on drums for an evening of exciting modern jazz from the classic era.

“an inventive soloist with a distinctive sound……” (Ian Mann, The Jazzmann “   Varied, exciting, exceptional.” (The Musician).


The Bronx and Cue Bar:

All events at the Bronx Bar are BLUES and MORE!

All on door tickets £12.50


6:15-8.15 pm: The Sugar Shakers  B

Martin Tucker. . Vocals
Alex Lloyd.. Bari sax
‘The Prof’ Rob Bright .. Guitar
Roger Stone ..Bass
Ian Loud … Drums

 Starting as a four piece in 2013, the Sugar Shakers raised their game in the September when they added Alex Lloyd on baritone saxophone. The new line up debuted in Teignmouth in January 2014.The founders- Rob Bright [guitar] and Martin Tucker [vocals] have been performing regularly in Devon and the addition of Roger Stone on bass and Ian Loud on drums has solidified the band into a tight unit.
The Shakers consider themselves to be a rhythm and blues band with a touch of soul, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Their material brings together Ray Charles, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry, Wilko Johnson, Leiber and Stoller, Albert, Freddie and B.B. King. Their spirit takes inspiration from the early Rolling Stones and Dr. Feelgood .  Start the Festival with a band that you can’t help dancing to.


9.00-11.00 pm: Leigh Coleman Quintet     B

Leigh Coleman – vocals

Seth Tackaberry –electric  bass

Steve Down – guitar

Luca Caruso – drums

                                                                      Matt Carter – piano


Jazz Funk Soul singer composer Leigh does the lot with his new very sharp quintet. Reminiscent of the classic soul artists of the ‘60s and ‘70s, he maintains a sense of freshness and has worked alongside with Joss Stone, Solomon Burke, Beverly Knight and Natalie Williams. Seth, the only electric bass player to be a finalist in the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year award, has worked with Cory Wong (Vulfpeck), Caleb Hawley, and Hamish Stuart.  Rising star Luca has performed with internationally world-renowned jazz musicians including Wayne Escoffery, Joe Sanders and Etienne Charles.

Matt is a keyboard player of choice for the likes of Alan Barnes, Mike Outram, Brandon Allen and Greg Abate. He has played at some of the most iconic venues in the country including Ronnie Scotts, the 606 Jazz Club, the 100 Club and The Vortex. Likewise Steve Down has performed with Jeff Beck, Joselyn Brown, Nitin Sawhney, Mica Paris, Incognito, Keith Emerson and KT Tunstall and played the Wembley Stadium, the Albert Hall and prestigious venues worldwide.