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BUDLEIGH PUBLIC HALL (admission by ticket only)

Great sounds and great artists and new this year, Sounds at Six, an extra concert from 6pm-7pm to get you in the mood for the Saturday and Sunday evenings' headline bands.

Updates to this page will be added regularly so keep coming back!


Friday 21st April 7.30pm
Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra Bands 1 & 2 with Graham Hutton

Brian Moore, musical director of DYJO says: "This year's two bands are as strong as ever with already 60 players split between DYJO1 and DYJO2. Several of last year's players have left to go to music colleges to study jazz but that just means that audiences will get the chance to hear new jazz voices from the many skilled soloists in DYJO. Both bands will be featuring tunes from the 1930s up to the present day, with not just classic swing but Latin, rock and funk as well. The year's programme involves many concerts at festivals around Devon, and culminates with a summer tour to play at the international jazz festivals at Vienne (France) and Montreux (Switzerland)."

Graham Hutton, who will conduct both DYJO bands on the Friday night, is highly regarded as a jazz trumpeter and band leader. Although specialising in the jazz and Big Band idioms, he also performs in a diverse range of other settings from performing with the Ray McVay Glenn Miller Orchestra to session work on House records. Locally he is a jazz soloist with AJ's Big Band and the Dave Hankin Big Band.


Saturday 22nd April 2pm
Matt Carter Organ Trio

Once part of Exeter's Mama Stone’s house band for over three years, Matt has since played at the Exeter Food Festival as well as at prestigious venues such as London's 606 Jazz Club, The Boisdale, Canary Wharf and The Stables (Milton Keynes). Says Matt: "I've also been privileged to perform with great artists such as Joss Stone, Mica Paris, Beverley Knight and Angelo Starr." Highlights with Joss Stone included a performance at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Matt has performed and worked with many local and non-local bands, varying from nine-piece soul bands to jazz duos. He has been lucky enough to perform with some amazing musicians in the jazz world including Alan Barnes, Brendon Allen, Mike Outram and Greg Abate. For the Festival he not only has his own jazz trio but will also accompany Annika Skoogh who follows the Matt Carter Organ Trio. He performs his own compositions as well as well known standards; one of his own tunes, Time/Change, has been featured on Radio 3’s Jazz Record Requests.

In high demand as an accompanist for local jazz singers, Matt plays regularly in venues around the South West. 


Saturday 22nd April 3.30pm
Annika Skoogh Quartet

Saturday 22nd April Sounds at Six
Alex Warren Trio

Budleigh-based tenor saxophonist Alex Warren leads a trio of young jazz players aiming to take the music back to its roots. A Leeds College of Music graduate, Alex has played numerous venues and events in Devon, Yorkshire and further afield. He is joined by Knowle double bassist Andrew Richards, currently studying at Guildhall School of Music; with nearly a decade of experience, he has played some of the UK’s top venues including BBC Maida Vale Studios, Ronnie Scott’s, The Barbican, Royal Albert Hall and The Leicester Curve.. Holding the band together is drummer Jordan Dinsdale, in his last year at Leeds College of Music and recently back from playing with some of the world's best in New York City; he is one of Leeds' most exciting young musicians.


Saturday 22nd April 8pm
The Bateman Brothers Tribute to Louis Armstrong & His Allstars
with Maggie Reeday

A smash hit at last year's Budleigh Festival, the Bateman Brothers are back. Alan, on trumpet and vocals, is the nearest thing you will ever hear live to Louis Armstrong. Brother Ian is an expert and fluid trombonist - he's also a nominee in the 2016 British Jazz Awards - and flugelhorn player. Joining them on stage is that fine swinging singer of jazz standards, Maggie Reeday.


Sunday 23rd April 2pm
The Julian Piper Blues Band

"When many of my friends were mainlining on the Beatles, my teenage years were spent thrilling to the sounds of Sam 'Lightnin' Hopkins and Muddy Waters, wrestling with first a cigar box and later a guitar with a neck like a banana, trying to copy the raw Blues emanating from the scratched vinyl on my distorted Dansette record player. I'm pleased to say that over the years it's all happened...give or take a few errors along the way.

"It's a way that's given me the chance to play with some of the greatest names in Blues... TABBY THOMAS , King Of The Louisiana Swamp Blues, BUDDY GUY, ROBERT CRAY, B B KING and many more." says Julian Piper.

In 2009 he fulfilled a long time ambition by appearing at The NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL alongside Tabby Thomas and Chris Thomas King, and has also jammed at Rosa's Club in Chicago and Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

This year he's played the Woodburystock festival, the Millbridge Inn, Plymouth,  the Watchet festival and then teamed up with Johnny Mars to play the Bronx Bar at the Teignmouth Jazz & Blues Festival.


Sunday 23rd April 3.30pm
The Milverton Legacy Band
featuring ELEISHA MAY (vocals) and BEN MILVERTON on guitar

"Britain’s nearest to Oscar Peterson” - Digby Fairweather
“A master of whatever he chooses to perform, a truly great British Trio” - Humphrey Lyttleton
“An extravagantly gifted pianist with an unrivalled swing”  - Dave Gelly, The Observer 
“A hard swinging pianist whose chops certainly bring to mind, the great Oscar Peterson” -Cadence Magazine, USA
“Surely one of the most gifted British pianists with technique and Imagination in abundance” - Le Jazz Hot, France
"World class solos...such a gifted all rounder should be cherished by the entire jazz fraternity” - Jazz Journal

Craig Milverton is one of Britain's finest jazz pianists,winning Best Jazz Pianist in 2010 British Jazz Awards and 10 Awards with Digby Fairweather & His Half Dozen in the Best Small Group Category. He also has many musical projects, including Trichotism alongside the brilliant award-winning guitarist Nigel Price and based loosely on The Oscar Peterson drumless Trios, His Tribute To Oscar Peterson Show which features the superb Canadian guitarist Dominic Ashworth, gifted young Ray Brown-inspired  bassist Sandy Suchodolski and the great swinging drummer Nick Millward. Also The Clarinet Maestros featuring two of The world's top players, American Ken Peplowski and Julian Stringle who have recorded two acclaimed CDs and tour the UK annually . His trio is often used to back a host of top names - artists include Stacey Kent, Jacqui Dankworth and Scott Hamilton - at clubs and festivals across the UK and Europe.

He works regularly with Digby Fairweather & His Half Dozen and was accompaniest to blues singer George Melly with whom he recorded 3 CDs, one of which featured Van Morrison. He plays regularly at Ronnie Scott's, one of the world's most famous jazz clubs, and has toured and performed at top venues and festivals worldwide. 

The Milverton Legacy Band: Craig's daughter Eleisha May, at only 18, has already performed at many jazz venues and festivals including Brecon, Pershore, Bude, Teignmouth, Beaminster and Dartmouth. Blessed with a smokey jazz voice, she's received much praise from Tina May, Digby Fairweather and Maggie Reeday. 
Craig has launched his own label, Explore Records, to release all his future projects.


Sunday 23rd April Sounds at Six
Helen Rimmer Quartet

Helen Rimmer: alto saxophone; Tom Unwin: piano; Jim Rintoul: bass; Norm Marsh: drums.

This alto lead line-up has been building a reputation for sensitive, sensational ensemble playing at jazz festivals and gigs over the last three years.  They thrive on a riff and then some!


Sunday 23rd April 8pm
Jazz at the Philharmonic Remembered
Featuring ALAN BARNES (alto sax) IAN BATEMAN (trombone) MARTIN DALE (tenor sax) and ENRICO TOMASSO (trumpet) with LEE GIBSON (vocals) and THE CRAIG MILVERTON TRIO

For those who don't know, Jazz at the Philharmonic was the title of a series of legendary jazz concerts, tours and recordings produced by jazz impresario Norman Granz from 1944 until 1983. He featured many of the greatest names in jazz, in particular the showmen and virtuoso musicians who would play to the gallery as well as his favourite singers Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.

No pressure then on our star-studded line up supported by the Craig Milverton trio and featuring world-class, big band jazz singer Lee Gibson. "The best jazz singer this country has produced in the last 40 years."  Some accolade from Digby Fairweather and some finale to the Budleigh 2017 Festival!

This is a magnificent opportunity to enjoy the special musical talents and virtuosity of two of this year's British Jazz Award nominees, Enrico Tomasso (Trumpet) and Alan Barnes (Clarinet, Alto Sax and Baritone Sax) on stand together. It can't be better than that!


New - Weekend Tickets:

3 Day Festival Stroller
(all 9 concerts)£100 till 31 March 2017; thereafter £110
2 Day Stroller (all Saturday & Sunday concerts)£95  
1 Day Stroller (either all Saturday or all Sunday concerts) £45

Friday 21 April: evening concert £10; family ticket (2 adults + 2 U18s) £30
Saturday 22 April: individual afternoon concert £12; Sounds at Six £10;
evening concert £15
Sunday 23 April: individual afternoon concert £12; Sounds at Six £10;
evening concert £15.

In person at the Box Office or by telephone on 01395 445 275. From 16 January until Easter, the Information Centre is open 10am–1pm Monday to Saturday; thereafter until 4pm. Telephone bookings can be paid for by credit card.
By post to the Box Office at Information Centre, Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton, East Devon, EX9 6NG. Cheques to be made payable to Budleigh Jazz Festival.
Online ticket bookings via this website www.visitbudleigh.com will be available shortly.

Your tickets can be posted to you by the Box Office for an extra charge of £1 (per transaction) or can be collected in person from the Box Office prior to the event.
When available, all online bookings will incur a charge of £1 per transaction.

Tickets are non-refundable unless the organisers have to cancel the event. In this case, please contact the BJF by letter c/o Information Centre, Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6NG, which will deal with your request for a refund. Please note we cannot refund credit card transactions or online booking fees.

The Box Office does not accept returns. However, if you wish to return your ticket, please send the ticket to BJF, c/o Information Centre, Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6NG, which will deal with your request. If tickets are resold, you will receive a full refund.

Concert start times are punctual. Please note that Doors will open 30 minutes before each event.

The Jazz Festival welcomes visitors with disabilities. Please advise the Box Office when booking if you are in a wheelchair. Visitors with a disability who need to bring a personal assistant are offered one free ticket.

Programmes and performers may be subject to change. All information in this programme was correct at the time of going to press.

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© Budleigh Jazz Festival Organising Committee 2017