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PUBLIC HALL (admission by ticket only)
Discover more about the artists below:

Friday 22nd April Evening:
Brian Moore Wind Machine from 8pm

Saturday 23rd April Afternoon:
Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion
From 3pm until 5.30pm

Saturday 23rd April Evening:
Craig Milverton Trio with Three Tenors
Scott Hamilton, Julian Marc Stringle and Robert Fowler from 7.30pm

Sunday 24th April Afternoon:

Dixieland Allstars
Alan Bateman, Ian Bateman and Julian Marc Stringle with the Craig Milverton Trio.
From 3pm to 5.30pm

Sunday 24th April Evening:
The Craig Milverton Trio with Tina May, Scott Hamilton and Julian Marc Stringle
From 7.30pm

To obtain tickets visit Budleigh Salterton TIC or call 01395 445275

FRINGE VENUES: (Please book direct with venue)

Bowmers Restaurant (01395 442676)
7 High Street, Budleigh Salterton
Book online at: www.bowmers.com

Bowmers Jazz Supper - Thursday 21 April 7pm to late:
Dynamic sound of multi keyboards, cool sax and vocals performed by duo John and Ann.

Bowmers Lunchtime Jazz – Saturday 23 April 12noon to 2.30pm
Saxophonist Helen Rimmer

Bowmers Jazz Brunch – Sunday 24 April 12noon to 2.30pm

The Maggie Reeday Duo

The Dog & Donkey,
24 Knowle Road, Knowle, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6AL (01395 445343)
Lunchtime Band: Saturday & Sunday 23-24 April 11.30am to 2.30pm
Jelly Roll Blues Band


Friday 22nd April 8pm:


Featuring the best big band players from the South West

Brian Moore's Wind Machine exists to play the classic music arranged for and made famous by Count Basie and his band. Led by trumpeter Brian Moore, the band is packed full of top soloists, who combine to present the swingiest performances.

blue commotion

Saturday 23rd April 3pm to 5.30pm:


‘A highly dynamic, distinctive and individual, multi award winning British blues band’

Zoë and her highly accomplished band have come right to the fore of the British Blues Scene as a result of an intensely busy, exciting, and creative three years. The band’s latest offering is the Live album 'I'll Be Yours Tonight', released June 1st 2015, the fourth release in three years. It follows hard on the heels of the acclaimed studio albums 'Exposed' and 'The Blues Don't Scare Me', both of which generated a series of awards and nominations including Runner-Up for Zoë in the 2014 British Blues Awards. The rise of the band’s profile and reputation hasn’t stopped there, and this year they have been nominated in the Best Band category for the first time, as well as a repeat nomination for Zoë in the Female Vocal category.

"Their exemplary song writing skills coupled with outstanding performance, puts them at the very edge of triumph on the world blues scene."
Ian McKenzie, Blues In The South, UK 2015

"Zoë, once again proving that there is not a better female blues singer in the UK and probably far beyond."
Dave Scott, Blues In Britain, June 2015

Their exciting live set is based around the band's rootsy originals; featuring strong catchy riffs, interesting arrangements and exciting grooves, providing the perfect vehicle for Zoë's yearning, passionate and commanding vocal style, and Rob's unmistakable touch and flow on guitar. The highly accomplished rhythm section of Pete Whittaker-Hammond organ, and Paul Robinson-drums (Nina Simone, Van Morrison, Paul McCartney to name a few) bring massive musical authority with the ability to push the music in unpredictable and exciting directions.

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April 2016


The new voice of the Clarinet

Julian was a child prodigy reed player. He was educated at the Latymer School and the London College of Music where he studied Clarinet with Wilf Keeley and Composition with William Lloyd Webber.

Julian made his TV debut with Acker Bilk when he was just 14. The show featured Julian's teenage Dixieland band "Young Jazz" that included the Sidwell brothers on Trumpet & Trombone, Paul Clarvis on Drums, Andy Cleyndert on Bass, and Sam Brown vocals. At 17 he formed a Modern Jazz quintet and toured Europe with Dave Cliff, Nick Weldon, Andy Cleyndert and Mark Taylor. He has played on concert, club, festival and broadcast dates with his own band and with:- Peanuts Hucko, Wild Bill Davidson, George Chisholm, Don Lusher, Kenny Baker, Cleo Laine & Sir John Dankworth. He has recorded with John Parricelli, Digby Fairweather, Danny Moss, Sam Brown, Roy Williams, Jim Mullen, Marc Almond, Tommy Whittle, George Melly, Joe Brown, Chas & Dave, Dennis Lecorriere, The Grid and the Spice Girls! He has appeared at Wembley Arena with Meatloaf.

Julian is currently starring with the new Digby Fairweather Band, backing blues singer Paul Jones and soul legend ‘PP’ Arnold. He leads The Dream Band his own exciting and melodic Latin-influenced jazz funk quintet featuring keyboard virtuoso Neil Angilley, Canadian Guitar star Dominic Ashworth, Bass ace Chris Dodd, stylish vocalist Jacqui Hicks and the dynamic Mike Bradley on Drums.

Julian has written over 30 TV jingles and documentary film scores. In Paris he arranged and conducted a big band album for Charles Aznavour. He has produced and performed on many audio books for children through Oxford University Press.

His first album 'Pathfinder' featuring John Parricelli, Dudley Phillips, James Bannerman and Ralph Salmins was distributed by Polygram. Polygram TV released ‘Beach Samba' a Latin Classics dance album featuring Julian with an 18 piece big band and strings. Merfangle Music have released three albums featuring Julian and The Dream Band – ‘Sundance’ a melodic easy listening album, ‘Blues for the morning after’ a successful blend of blues, ballads, bebop and Latin jazz, which has had rave reviews, and the jazz funk album ‘LA Sunset’ featuring vocalist Jacqui Hicks, aimed at the American market.

He is currently the clarinet soloist with the London Jazz Chamber Orchestra conducted by John Jansson. Julian plays Clarinet, Alto & Tenor Saxes and Sings - but the Clarinet is his passion and he is now recognised as the most stylish performer on the instrument in Europe.

"The best clarinettist to emerge in British jazz for decades" - Sir John Dankworth.
Sunday 24th April 2016


Tina started exploring and developing her jazz sensibilities at University College, Cardiff. She attended vocal studies with Eilleen Price in the music dept. and almost immediately teamed up with other musicians to form small bands.She joined the Welsh Jazz Soc. run by Jed Williams and was soon a regular listening to Sweets Edison, Eddie'Lockjaw' Davies, Al Cohn and many, many more at The Lions Den' in the Great Western Hotel in Cardiff. As a student of French ,Tina knew she would have the opportunity of living in France for a year as part of her degree course.

She chose to study in Paris and began her apprenticeship in Jazz when ,by chance, she met up with some aspiring young music students, who invited her to 'faire un boeuf' - have a jam with them.These musicians were Pascal Gaubert and Patrick Villanueva - who recorded with Tina on the 'live in Paris' album nearly twenty years later! Very soon Tina was performing at Le Slow Club with the Roger Guerin Big Band with special guest Kenny Clarke - such a great drummer and sweet man. Le Caveau de la Huchette became another regular gig for Tina and the band. Tina formed a quartet with Patrick Villanueva, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Alain Richard and they performed allover Paris . At that time Tina was also involved in theatre and especially comedy review- something she felt a great affinity with. She met up with another talented thespian Rory Bremner who was already writing sketches and performing his hilarious monologues and skits on politics. Together Tina and Rory performed 'You are Eiffel but I like You (!)' - a review show which they took from Paris to the Edinburgh Fringe re-naming it 'Midnight Excess'.

Tina was singing some amusing jazz songs like 'I'm hip' and doing some bi-lingual and 'franglais' originals as well as acting alongside Rory. Happy times !

Highlights have been recording with Dylan Fowler, Bosco d'Oliveira, Luke Carver Goss, Nathan Riki Thomson - on a long-overdue project between Dylan and Tina. 
Also.. a long awaited recording of the Tina May Paris Quintet - featuring Patrick Villanueva, Pascal Gaubert, Pierre Maingourd, Vincent Cordelette - and special guest Marcel Zanini plus vocaliste and dear friend Pauline Atlan.
A performance to a great house at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall - 'Piaf' - 'Celebrating a Legend' . Also a great trip to Shanghai and a very enthusiastic crowd at the Oriental Arts Centre. Tina took part in a very memorable 'Celebration of Humphrey Lyttelton ' concert at the 'Hammersmith Apollo' - the 'Clue' team were all there and it was a fabulous evening of jazz and fun - just as Humph would have loved.

Saturday 23rd April 2016

Scott Hamilton was born in 1954, in Providence, Rhode Island. During his early childhood he heard a lot of jazz greats through his father’s extensive record collection. He tried out several instruments, including drums at about the age of five, piano at six and mouth-organ. He had some clarinet lessons when he was about eight years of age, but that was the only formal music tuition he has ever had. Even at that age he was attracted to the sound of Johnny Hodges, but it was not until he was about sixteen that he started playing the saxophone seriously.

He moved to New York in 1976 and through Roy Eldridge, with whom he had played a year previously in Boston, got a six-week gig at Michael’s Pub. Roy also paved the way for him to work with Anita O’Day and Hank Jones. Although it was the tail-end of the old New York scene, a lot of the greats were still playing and he got to work and learn from people like Eldridge, Illinois Jacquet, Vic Dickenson and Jo Jones. Eldridge was Scott’s champion but pulled no punches, and could be extremely critical, something for which Scott has always been grateful. The same year John Bunch got Scott his first recording date, and was also responsible for him joining Benny Goodman with whom he worked at various times until the early 1980s.

In 1977 he formed his own quartet, which later became a quintet, with Bunch added to the group. The same year Carl Jefferson heard him, and began recording him for his Concord record label making more than forty albums in total, some with his regular British quartet of John Pearce, Dave Green and Steve Brown, including Nocturnes & Serenades. The last Concord CD, Across the Tracks was released in May 2008. Along the way he made albums with Dave McKenna, Jake Hanna, Woody Herman, Gerry Mulligan, Flip Phillips, Maxine Sullivan, Buddy Tate, Warren Vache, many with Rosemary Clooney and a number with another of his mentors, Ruby Braff, with whom he played residencies at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, London in the mid-1980s. Over the years Scott has also performed and recorded with such touring bands as the Concord Jazz All Stars, the Concord Super Band and George Wein’s Newport Jazz Festival All Stars.

For some years he was based in London, where he had first played in 1978, but now travels the world from Italy. Each year, in addition to three residencies with the quartet at the PizzaExpress Jazz Club and British jazz club dates, he regularly tours Europe, Scandinavia, Japan and returns to America each year to play. In 2008 this included three nights at the Lincoln Centre New York and as usual this year work on both coasts. Following a successful tour in 2012, Scott and the British team made a return trip to Brazil in August 2014 for some more dates.

Scott was awarded the ‘Ronnie’ for International Jazz Saxophonist of the Year in the 2007 inaugural Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards.
Scott’s releases reflect his travels with recordings in Livorno Italy in 2009 and Live at Nefertiti, a CD & DVD package by Scott’s Scandinavian Five recorded and filmed in Gothenburg in 2007 for Stunt. A British outing Hi-Ya with Alan Barnes, as a follow up to the highly successful Zootcase has proved to be another winner for Woodville. In his February 2010 visit to New York he recorded two albums, A Splendid Trio with Howard Alden and Frank Tate, and a duo with Rossano Sportiello, Midnight at Nola’s. On the 2011 visit he again recorded for Arbors, as guest with Chris Flory’s group. 2011 also saw another album issued by Stunt Records, with fellow tenor player Jesper Tilo as well as one with his Spanish trio on Blau Records Live in Barcelona. 2012’s American trip resulted in a reunion album with Harry Allen ‘Round Midnight for the Dutch label Challenge and one for his old buddy, guitarist Duke Robillard in tribute to Billie Holiday Remembering Billie released on Blue Duchess Records in 2013. Swedish Ballads…& More recorded in December 2012 for Stunt Records has received critical praise as has his latest Woodville release Dean Street Nights recorded at the PizzaExpress Jazz Club.

It was voted number three in the new issues section of the 2014 Jazz Journal Critic’s Poll. Dave Gelly reviewing it in The Observer wrote ‘A supreme master of the jazz tenor saxophone, Hamilton gets better with the years – even more swinging, more adventurous. Live, straighthead jazz doesn’t come much better than this.’ Dave also wrote in a Jazz Journal piece celebrating Scott’s birthday last September, ‘I think Scott has given me more live saxophonic pleasure than anyone – certainly since the death of Zoot Sims. Jazz is always best when heard live, and I never come away from one of his performances without feeling a lot better than when I went in.’ Scott has always been a popular performer on the British festival circuit, but particularly at the Brecon Festival where he appeared in various combinations almost continuously from 1988 to 2010 including the twenty-fifth anniversary and was a patron for many years. Recordings of his performances were made at Brecon and released worldwide but it his appearances with his regular quartet that prove to the most popular and it is with great pleasure that the Scott Hamilton Quartet will be performing at Brecon 2015.

© Budleigh Jazz Festival Organising Committee 2016