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Beat the winter blues in South Devon

Mackay Daily Mercury

TEIGNMOUTH in South Devon may be famous as the birthplace of the rock band Muse but for November at least it becomes known as the home of jazz.

Those who would rather listen to the Blues than suffer from them, head down to South Devon where there is a thriving jazz scene taking place in the seaside town of Teignmouth. This month sees the 13th annual Teignmouth Jazz Festival attracting around 2000 visitors from far and wide.

There is something for everyone across the three days of the Festival whether you like modern and contemporary jazz or prefer the more traditional style.

All weekend leading lights of the UK jazz scene will be playing a selection of their favourite jazz standards and on Sunday afternoon the Nightingale/Fishwick All Star Quintet will be majoring on the music of Cole Porter.

Rounding off the Festival is Norma Winstone, often nicknamed "the Barbra Streisand of Jazz" with a voice that defines a whole era of European jazz. 

Organiser Ian Pennicott said that the Festival is not just about the big names in jazz.

"We also support local musicians and out of the 32 bands playing the festival in total, we have a number of local bands including the Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Trinity School Big Band."

Known better as a classic South Devon seaside resort, Teignmouth is something of a hidden gem in the South Devon crown, and there is no where better to capture the South Devon vibe and receive a warm South Devon welcome.

The Jazz Festival provides the perfect excuse to mix love of live music with all the county has to offer in terms of fresh Devon produce and delicious Devon ale.

The town offers a number of cafes and restaurants which are just perfect to catch some of the 20 plus free events that are part of a fringe programme taking place at the same time as the festival.

"This is why the Festival works really well because as a town Teignmouth is incredibly welcoming and the festival is held in a small area so that visitors can access all the cafes and facilities simply by strolling around. The most popular ticket we have on sale is in fact "The Weekend Stroller" which gives you access to everything right across the weekend," Mr Pennicott said. 

For information on the festival, visit Teignmouth Jazz.

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