Teignmouth Jazz Festival 2014


2014 Teignmouth Jazz Festival

The 25th Anniversary Festival – 14th, 15th & 16th November 2014

Teignmouth is situated on the north bank of the estuary mouth of the River Teign in Devon. In 1690 it was the last place in England to be invaded by a foreign power. For 25 years however it has been invaded by jazz enthusiasts for the busy weekend Jazz Festival and a fantastic weekend of talent is lined-up to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of this prestigious festival.

As usual, the festival has a multitude of musical talent on display in the various locations around the town. This year’s feast of performers once again includes many up-and-coming younger musicians as well as ‘old hands’ of the genre. Jim Stevens, one of the festival organisers, is no doubt very pleased with this. Not one to keep his opinions to himself, he has told me that he believes people are looking elsewhere for real music the more ‘the suits’ have commercialised and made bland pop music. Jazz is one musical form that younger people are turning to.

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion - photo by Rob Stanley

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion – photo by Rob Stanley

Rob Koral and Zoe Schwarz are fine examples of ‘real’ musicians. I once was chatting to Rob and Zoe about their music as I was fascinated by the virtuosity of Rob’s playing, the myriad chord shapes and sequences he played and the timing of Zoe’s vocal segments versus Rob’s instrumental breaks. This led to an impromptu demonstration and almost an introductory lecture about jazz from Rob, much to Zoe’s disquiet, as she thought he was going too far and boring the pants off me. I was fascinated however, and although there were moments when I lost the thread, various things were obvious. Here were real musicians, egoless, absorbed in their craft, dedicated to improving all the time with the aim of constantly performing to the best of their ability. And to do so was a joy. And that’s how music should be isn’t it?

Visit www.teignmouthjazz.org to find out more about the festival and book tickets.

Pete Canter with Eclipse - at the All About Migration exhibition at Hope Hall, Exeter, by Exeter artist Naomi Hart

Pete Canter with Eclipse
– at the 2013 ‘All About Migration’ exhibition by Exeter artist Naomi Hart at Hope Hall, Exeter.

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