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The Budleigh Jazz Festival was started in 2007 by a remarkable character and jazz fan, Tony Dealler. Tony decided to call it a day in 2015 and handed over the reins as Festival Director to local councillor and business man Steve Hall.

He is joined by jazz enthusiast and former journalist José Northey - “I’m delighted we can bring the best jazz sounds around to Budleigh. Craig Milverton's monthly Blue Vanguard jazz evenings at Exeter's Gipsy Hill hotel keep my fingers on the pulse and the Budleigh Festival is a fantastic opportunity to showcase top artists across a very wide jazz spectrum.”

Festival President and virtuoso of the keyboard Craig Milverton will be on stage as usual with his trio comprising Sandy Suchodolski and the great swinging drummer Nick Millward and they will also be backing several of the acclaimed artists. Making their debuts with Craig at this year's Budleigh Festival are his daughter and singer Eleisha and son Ben on guitar as the Craig Milverton Legacy Band.

Finally, we pay tribute to Arnold Kanarek, Festival Publicist for many years, who has enjoyed a successful musical career of his own for some 65 years and devised a much acclaimed Jazz History & Appreciation Course. He's played an invaluable role in spreading the word about the Festival and has now decided, after much heart-searching, to give up the pen pushing and photo calls and just take in the sounds instead. Thank you, Arnold, you're a star and true Friend of the Festival! We wish you well.

Find out more about Craig Milverton here


Discover what was on offer at the 2016 Festival here


Festival Partners:

BUDLEIGH SALTERTON & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BUDLEIGH SALTERTON TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE www.visitbudleigh.com
DEVON YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA www.dyjo.org
STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST @stagecoachsw
THE NORMAN FAMILY CHARITABLE TRUST
WHITTON & LAING www.whittonandlaing.com
SOUND & LIGHTING by STAGE ENGAGE www.stageengage.com
WEBSITE & PRINTING by SMARTWORK www.smartworksw.co.uk

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