Saturday 19th October 2019
All on the door tickets £15
10.00-11.00 am: Tom Unwin’s Workshop Band (free, donations welcome)
Tom Unwin is one of the leading keyboard players and composer in the South West. He is dedicated to music education as well and runs workshops in Exeter and Dartington for instrumentalists and singers of all types and levels. Today he brings the two groups together for your appreciation. Tom shows just how good amateurs can be. Last year’s matinee drew and kept an appreciative audience and we hope you will come by as a start to a great Saturday of jazz and blues.
12.00 – 2.00 pm: The Oxley – Meier Guitar Project
Nick Meier – Guitars
Pete Oxley – Guitars
Raph Mizraki – Acoustic and electric basses
Paul Cavaciuti – Drums and percussion
Having collectively played with names like Jeff Beck, Nigel Kennedy, Paul McCandless, Keith Emerson and Jamie Cullum, MOGP could really be termed a ‘super group’! The Oxley / Meier Guitar Project is the pairing of two of the finest, and most striking, jazz guitarists in the UK. Featuring their 2019 album, Oxley and Meier have co-written a kaleidoscope of original music with influences from Brazil to Turkey, bringing together their diverse influences and interests in ‘orchestrating’ various guitars. When playing live, they aim to recreate their broad palette of sounds, bringing at least ten differing guitars with them (nylon 7-string, steel string, fretless, 11-string fretless, sitar-guitar, 12 string, etc.).For this concert, Pete and Nick will be joined by their stunning rhythm section of Raph Mizraki on electric and acoustic basses and Paul Cavaciuti on drums and percussion.
“When it comes to empathy, this duet of guitar virtuosi comes close to perfection” – The Observer ★★★★
“Not just a guitar album to love, a jazz album to savour but a joyous album of music that reaches toward a goal beyond” – Jazzwise ★★★★
3.00 – 5.00pm: Sur Ecoute quartet
Gregory SALLET – saxophone
Bertrand BERUARD – double bass
Mathieu ROFFE – piano
Kevin LUCCHETTI – drums
The Sur Ecoute quartet is a remarkable jazz group from the Lyon collective Pince-Oreilles. Their name alludes to phone-tapping and was also the French title for the US TV series ‘The Wire’. Sur Ecoute inhabits the mainstream of contemporary jazz and their repertoire consists almost entirely of originals by members of the band. Their compositions are usually tightly-structured yet make adequate space for improvisations, both individual and collective.
The band is fronted by saxophonist Greg Sallet and completed by pianist Matthieu Roffe, bassist Bertrand Beruard (using a 5-string fretted electric bass) and drummer Kevin Lucchetti. After tours in Latin America and the United Kingdom the Sur Ecoute quartet have recently released their first album, “Muss Es Sein? Es muss Sein!”
6.00-8.00 pm: Andrea Vicari’s Ex Tempore featuring Yazz Ahmed
One of the highlights of the Festival featuring some of Europe’s best female jazz artists playing original jazz music with electronics. Rarely heard in the UK and a unique jazz experience..
Andrea Vicari (UK) – piano. “a sharp post-bop piano improviser and prolific composer – breathtakingly eclectic”. (The Guardian).
Yazz Ahmed (Bahrain/UK) – trumpet. An international jazz star who brings together the sounds of her mixed heritage described as “psychedelic Arabic jazz” She has toured worldwide and played at major festivals such a Womad, Love Supreme and many others.
Rosa Brunello (Italy) – bass. “Manages to bring to mind the intelligent storm of Weather Report, the visionary insight of John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra, the flickering unpredictability of Ornette Coleman”.
Alba Nacinovich (Croatia) – vocals. Astounding for her vocal variety and capacity to challenge the impossible. Selected for the “Euroradio Jazz Orchestra (broadcast by BBC Radio 3) and has performed at jazz festivals globally.
Dave Hamblett (UK) – drums. A first call drummer on the burgeoning young jazz scene with artists including Ivo Neame, Snowpoet, Elchin Shirinov plus legends George Garzone and the late Kenny Wheeler.
9.00 –11.00pm: The Dime Notes
David Horniblow – clarinet
Andrew Oliver – piano
Dave Kelbie – guitar
Louis Thomas – bass
Small band, huge swing! Blues drenched clarinet-driven 1920’s jazz with London’s hard-swinging vintage jazz band.
While this is year’s anniversary is forward thinking it is timely to remember our first Festival, thirty years ago, was largely trad jazz. We felt it only fitting as a tribute jazz history as well as our own to celebrate the ‘birth of the blues’ in style. The Dime Notes dig back into the blues-drenched sounds of clarinet-driven 1920’s New Orleans jazz, unearthing a repertoire of stomps, blues, and forgotten gems of the era from musicians such as Jelly Roll Morton, Johnny Dodds and Red Nichols
Fronted by Chris Barber’s long-time clarinetist David Horniblow, an established figure on the European jazz stage and American pianist/composer/musicologist and Jelly Roll Morton specialist Andrew Oliver, a recent arrival to the UK, the band is anchored by the unstoppable pulse of London’s knockout rhythm section, guitarist Dave Kelbie, accompanist in Evan Christopher’s Django a la Creole, John Etheridge’s Sweet Chorus and bassist Louis Thomas, well known across the international scene for his swing and versatility and in demand across many genre boundaries with his huge sound and stylistic versatility. The Dime Notes present a fresh take on a timeless style, emphasising the propulsive grooves and sultry melodies which made early jazz revolutionary, controversial, and wildly popular as we hope it will be with all Festival Goers https://thedimenotes.com/
lovingly curated examples of great music from the ancestral repertoire of jazz JAZZ DA GAMA (US)
Teignmouth Heritage Centre
All on the door tickets £12.50
11.45- 1.15: Liquid Spirit Group
Martin Dale – Tenor Sax
Tom Ball – Piano/Rhodes
Kevin Sanders – Basses
Nick Carter – Drums
Invited back after a playing popular club night for us in December 2018, Liquid Spirit shares its name with Gregory Porter’s hit song and they are just as cool The band was conceived as a vehicle for bringing the essence of jazz – groove, unfiltered expression and musical interaction – to a wider audience, with strong melodies, compelling rhythms and plenty of tunes that all will recognise, but re-imagined and re-harmonized to suit the jazz idiom. The founder, Tom Ball, has played jazz since he was a teenager in the NYJO and since moving to Torquay is playing in many top class bands. Martin Dale, Kevin Sanders and Nick Carter are among the very finest of Devon and Cornwall’s professionals who have paid their dues twice over and bring the experience and chutzpah to realise the project’s ambitious vision.
“Another fine album showcasing the superb musicianship of these consummate players…” Clare Robinson reviewing (Dale’s) album, Howlin’
2.00– 4.00 pm: Phoenician Blinds
Piano, Fender Rhodes / Tom Sochas
Tenor Saxophone / Julian Knapp</strong
Bass / Oli Cross
Drums, Percussion / Filippo Giangrande
London based, Phoenician Blinds are a jazz-leaning instrumental quartet with blends of straight-ahead jazz, hip-hop and cinematic soundscapes. ’It’s the classic jazz quartet in a slightly different light. We work in an unusually organic way both live and in the studio, even in jazz terms. The tunes are mostly written at the piano and then brought to the studio where no one is given any musical guidelines, let alone any written music. We just roll and see what happens which gives the tunes a fresh feel and a sense that everyone really is meeting at the centre.’ Influenced by the likes of Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Robert Glasper and Avishai Cohen, this is music sure to make you groove and contemplate the essence of soulful music. Familiar to patrons of top class London venues this the first chance to see them in the South West. http://phoenicianblinds.net/
5.00-7.00 pm: Sirkis/Bialas IQ Band
Asaf Sirkis… Drums
Sylwia Bialas … vocals, waterphone
Frank Harris. Keyboards
Kevin Glasgow…6 string Bass
A brilliant drummer with first class credentials:- Asaf Sirkis, Israel’s leading drummer and percussionist moved to Tel Aviv in 1993 and formed the Asaf Sirkis trio featuring Kobi Arad on keyboards and Gabriel Mayer on electric bass. With that line up he recorded his first solo album One Step Closer (1996) as well as touring in Israel with the trio. In 1997 he formed the ‘Asaf Sirkis & The Inner Noise’ trio. The Inner Noise was a unique trio and the first jazz/rock group to incorporate an innovative line up of church organ guitar and drums.
Asaf set up in London in 1999 to re-form the Inner Noise trio and later formed the Orient House Ensemble with Gilad Atzmon and enjoyed 1o years of critical acclaim before focusing on a solo career. He has worked with Tim Garland with whom he toured the world and recorded many albums: and Jacob Collier, Larry Coryell, John Etheridge and numerous others.
Since 2014, Sirkis is co-leading the Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet together with Polish singer/composer Sylwia Bialas. The Quartet features pianist Frank Harrison and Scottish bassist Kevin Glasgow. The Quartet’s new double album ‘Our New Earth’ is scheduled to be released in 2019 on Moonjune Records. Gig not to be missed. https://www.asafsirkis.com/music
8.00-10.00 pm: Dave Holdsworth’s New Brew
Dave Holdsworth… trumpet, flugelhorn
Roz Harding, Alan Wakeman…saxophones
Coach York… drums
Dave writes (with typical understatement):-Musicians with an extensive and diverse involvement in jazz, playing both in the UK and abroad, recording and teaching. Four are based in Devon and one in the Midlands. All five are members of the Mike Westbrook Uncommon Orchestra with whom they toured Italy in November 2018 and earlier this year played at Ronnie Scott’s. The band’s CD “Wodgi” received excellent reviews both here and the USA and was nominated for ‘Jazz Record of the Year’ on the BBC’s ‘Jazz Record Requests’ in December 2018.
We write with great excitement:- This is a new group with a new sound. In the very capable hands of some of the best players around on the circuit. We were knocked out on hearing Wodgi for its variety and innovation and made New Brew one of first bookings for the Festival.
Duncan Heining wrote “.. open harmonies and strong singing melodies over a supple bubbling rhythmic bass . . . a completely played-in ensemble.” https://www.allaboutjazz.com/wodgi-by-duncan-heining.php
Matthew Wright (Jazz Journal) said simply, “If the band appears near you, go”
Teignmouth Social Club
All on the door tickets £12.50
12.15-1.45 pm: Zoe Schwarz and Rob Koral Jazz Duo
Zoe Schwarz – vocals
Rob Koral – guitar
Husband and wife Zoë and Rob, as well as going out tonight with Blue Commotion start their day in relaxed jazz mode as a duo concentrating on classic jazz and blues numbers from the songbooks of the likes of Rogers and Hart , Billie Holiday and Gershwin, to name but three. They got together through their mutual love of artists of that era. Zoë was introduced to the music of Billie Holiday by her uncle in her early teens, and this was inadvertently the crucial stepping stone to Zoë’s natural home of singing the blues. Rob has played on well over 30 albums, featuring great musicians such as Jeremy Stacey, Laurence Cottle, Django Bates and Mark Fletcher to name but a few.
Well-loved songs are brought to life by two consummate artists of their craft in a relaxing lunch time show.
2.30-4.30 pm: The Neil Burns Organ Trio
Neil Burns – Guitar
Martin Jenkins – Organ
Ric Byer – Drums
This hard swinging group celebrates the rich history of the organ trio, from Wes Montgomery and Grant Green through to John Scofield and Larry Goldings. They pepper their unique arrangements of classic tunes with some original compositions, paying homage to the tradition with a contemporary edge. The trio have been a favourite at the festival for several years, and we have seen them evolve together creatively, often appearing to think and play as one.
Neil has performed all over Europe, regularly collaborating with Steve Waterman, guitar legend Jim Mullen and vibraphonist Roger Beaujolais. He has also worked with Jacqui Dankworth and many other jazz stars. Martin began touring while still at school and spent the next few years on the road. By his early twenties he had established himself on the South West jazz circuit.as well as working with many top musicians. Ric Byer has spent his life touring the world but more recently he has relocated to Totnes and is the drummer of choice for many top bands.
5.30-7.30 pm: Stefanos Tsourelis Trio
Stefanos Tsourelis – guitar, oud
Dave Jones – Bass
Eric Ford – drums
Using the oud and guitar as his ‘vehicle’, Stefanos imprints his experiences from Greece and London on his music, taking the audience on an authentic journey that uniquely fuses Mediterranean music with jazz. The collaboration with bass player Dave Jones and drummer Eric Ford allowed the project to creatively evolve to its final form. This gig presents its debut album “Native Speaker” as well as new material while performing in the UK and abroad, at venues and festivals including the EFG London Jazz Festival, www.stefanostsourelis.com www.stefanostsourelis.com
We think you will love this and if you do Stefanos will be back on the big stage (28th February) with singer Odette Adams in the second of ‘The Lady Sings’ series of concerts at Pavilions Teignmouth
“Not for a while have I been regaled with an admixture of musical styles and influences that worked so well in the interests of what we understand as jazz. It’s not what the oud can do for jazz, as it were, but what jazz can do for the oud. Or vice versa. – Nigel Jarrett, Jazz Journal
“One of the best [gigs] that I’ve seen at BMJ. Tsourelis is a brilliant player of both his chosen instruments and it was particularly enjoyable for me to see the oud being played at such close quarters.” – Ian Mann, the Jazz Mann
8.30-10.30 pm: John Shillito’s Riviera Ramblers
John Shillito – Trumpet/Vocals Zoe Lambeth – Saxophone/Clarinet/Vocals Bob Martin – Trombone Pete Furnish – Double Bass Dale Whitlock – Guitar John Whitlock – Rhythm Guitar
Riviera Rambler’s is a new name and a new band, but the musicians have a wealth of experience. During 2018 it has grown out of John Shillito’s Select Four, a popular local quartet with a renowned reputation, to become a swinging six-piece that’s attracting a lot of attention and favourable comments around The Bay and beyond. Now, himself a veteran of 80 years, John still plays a strong lead and is a great foil for Zoe’s whimsical clarinet. Bob’s trombone playing delights with a pot-pourri of ideas and Pete puts the beat exactly where it is most effective; whilst the Whitlocks’ guitars complement each other to provide a solid but gentle rhythm and a stream of melody and counter-melody.
The Bronx Bar and Cue:
All on the door tickets £12.50
BLUES and MORE!
12.15-2.15 pm: Jeremy Huggett’s Cadillac Xpress: B
Sarah Meek… vocals
Kevin Grenfell…trumpet, trombone & vocals
Eddie John… drums.
Cadillac Xpress captures the Jump, Jive & Swing sounds of the 40s & 50s including Louis Prima, Louis Jordan, Fats Domino & Ray Charles. The band is led by Jeremy Huggett on tenor sax & vocals and features the vocal talents of one of the UK’s rising stars, Sarah Meek and band of some of the UK’s top musicians. Their exciting, lively sound and versatility appeals to audiences of all ages making them one of the most popular bands in the UK and ideal for listening & dancing.
Jeremy is no stranger to the Festival making his the debut here in 1992 playing Trad; And now nearly thirty years he returns with his new band to focus on the great days of when jazz turned into Rand B and Rock n Roll. Jazz and Blues Fans alike will jump, jive and swing.
3.00-500 pm: Papa ‘Gator and the Levee Breakers: B
Julian Piper – Guitar, Vocals
Rob Rickey – Accordion, Keyboards, Vocals
Gus York – Pedal Steel
Chris Billings – Bass, Vocals
Lucy Piper – Drums
Papa ‘Gator play a potent ‘Gumbo’ of Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and Soul designed to make you dance, drink and let the good times roll! The kind of music you might hear howling across the Louisiana bayous on a hot Saturday night…
The brainchild of International Bluesman Julian Piper, the band is co-fronted by Rob Rickey (from Lafayette, LA) who as a kid hung out in Cajun bars watching local heroes Buckwheat Zydeco, Zachary Richard & Beau Soleil. Julian also spent a year in the Blues haunts of Baton Rouge and New Orleans back in 1987, & still plays in the region.
On Pedal Steel, veteran session player Gus York has played with the likes of Marianne Faithful & Toots and The Maytals, whilst Bassist Chris Billings has worked with UK Sax legend Dick Heckstall Smith, and Drummer Lucy Piper is a frequent player in Mississippi & the UK Blues circuit.
6.00-8.00 pm: Neil Maya’s Jazz Funk Emporium B
Neil Maya – saxophone
Tom Ball – Keys
Tom Drewett -electric bass
Gary Evans -Drums
Saxophonist Neil has been playing at the festival regularly for over fifteen years, since soon after moving to Devon, bringing many of his bands and projects along over the years. This year Neil is very excited to be premiering his new project the Jazz Funk Emporium. Neil has had an interest in Jazz Funk for a long time particularly being a huge fan of funk saxophonists such as Maceo Parker and Michael Brecker but also influenced by Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters and also the James Taylor Quartet (JTQ). Neil thought it was high time he did something about this so has pulled together some his very favourite musicians for this exciting new project. Expect Herbie Hancock, Average White Band, Chick Corea, Ronnie Jordan, JTQ, originals and more.
Get ready! www.neilmayaquartet.co.uk/jazz-funk-emporium
9.00 –11.00 pm: Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion B
Zoe Schwarz: vocals
Rob Koran: guitar
Pete Whittaker: Hammond organ
Paul Robinson: drums
Husband and wife, Zoe and Rob started the band in 2012 but both had spent many years before that honing their craft. Zoë is a natural singer, originally brought up on sacred music at boarding school but secretly listening to the likes of John Peel at the time. An accomplished musician in her own right, she has a deep love for Billy Holiday and hence a penchant for the Blues. Rob is self-taught and started to play the blues as the most natural way to begin but has developed his style over the years, looking at chord melody and finger-picking style but more recently he has returned to the blues, saying he loves ‘driving the amp’ and writing songs with Zoë. The band has won rave reviews with Blues in Britain calling them “a different level of class…Zoe’s vocals: powerful yet vulnerable”…. They all put on a masterclass of musicianship so expect a performance of innovative spark, virtuoso playing and dare-devil attitude!