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Jazz it up at the Teignmouth Jazz Festival

What may at first seem to be a sleepy Devon seaside town is actually somewhere that has so much to offer, not to mention the Teignmouth Jazz Festival which has a great reputation.
The Teignmouth Jazz Festival is an entertaining event that is held every year over three days in the middle of November. The small coastal town of Teignmouth in South Devon is the ideal venue for a festival such as this, as it creates an intimate atmosphere. Keen jazz players and enthusiasts speak in glowing terms of this fantastic weekend event.

Getting to the Teignmouth Jazz Festival

If you are visiting by train, the station is situated only a short walk from the middle of the town. Those driving will find there are plenty of car parks situated around the town within walking distance of the main events.

The Teignmouth Jazz Festival itself comprises of various workshops, gigs, demonstrations and talks by performers who are always keen to help budding jazz musicians to improve. Even for people who don’t have much of an interest in jazz, popping along to one of these events can be great fun and will soon have you tapping your foot along to the music. Past workshops have included voice training, composition, techniques for playing specific instruments and more.

The weekend event includes a wide range of Jazz and Blues music with a varied programme featuring gifted vocalists and smooth performers. While some players are local, others are national and international professionals, so the standard is high. Along with several main venues there are some popular fringe events for promoting new talent. Not surprisingly, Teignmouth Jazz Festival attracts many visitors and jazz lovers from far and wide to this entertaining event.

Teignmouth Jazz tickets here!

Many of the events are ticketed, so checkout the Teignmouth Jazz Festival website for more details. There are various Stroller tickets available allowing you to attend some or all the events as you choose.

This well-managed event is organised by the Jazz Team which is a committee of local volunteers elected by members of the Teignmouth Jazz. Some offer their skills promoting different aspects of jazz and blues while others plan the gig, market the event or are involved in the admin. All jazz enthusiasts living in the area are invited to join the Teignmouth Jazz Club which has regular gig nights throughout the year as well as organizing the Jazz Festival.

Visit neighbouring Shaldon

Whilst you are in Teignmouth you might enjoy a short trip over the bridge to take a walk around the idyllic village of , especially if there is a gap in the schedule during the Jazz Festival.

Shaldon consists of a narrow main street with a few pubs and restaurants, an idyllic village green which could have been lifted straight out of a scene from and a beach which is only a stone’s throw from Teignmouth. Although it looks tempting, don’t try swimming the short distance to Teignmouth as there is a very strong undercurrent.

As you walk through Shaldon village and then up the hill you will find a wonderful zoo, which is quite small and often overlooked but is delightful for children. With views across the Teign estuary and the chance to see some of the rarest and most endangered animals in the world, visiting this zoo is highly recommended.

Just next to the zoo you will find The Ness, a lovely hotel where you can pop in for a drink and a bite to eat. As with the zoo, the views are quite breathtaking and will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed, ready for the short walk back into Teignmouth to rejoin the Jazz Festival.

Are you a keen jazz player or do you enjoy listening to jazz? We’d love to hear of any other Jazz events that take place in Devon throughout the year. Feel free to fill us in!

About Gillian Birch

Born in Cheshire, Gillian Birch moved to Cornwall at her earliest opportunity and never looked back. After 20 years, her ongoing discovery of popular attractions, quiet footpaths and local eateries has made her a fount of knowledge as she entertains readers with her informative articles on the hidden gems of Devon & Cornwall from a local point-of-view.

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