Bude Jazz Festival
...celebrating the golden age of jazz - in Cornwall
Now into its 24th year, the annual Bude Jazz Festival, held in the delightful Cornish seaside town of Bude, is a week-long celebration of jazz’s golden age.
Featuring both British and international jazz ensembles, from early classic 1920s trad-jazz bands, to 30s swing and 40s jump blues, the festival appeals to both hardcore jazzers and newcomers alike.
A feast of live music held at a network of venues across the town, plus other stuff such as dance lessons in the Dance Marquee, make this an unmissable feature of the Cornwall events calendar, for both locals and those enjoying their holidays in Cornwall alike.
And although almost exclusively jazz-orientated, other genres are occasionally represented.
Headlining the 2011 festival were The Blues Band, fronted by ex-Manfred Mann vocalist Paul Jones, in a separately ticketed event on August 31st.
Jones, who counts Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood among his former bandmates, formed The Blues Band back in 1979 - and they perform their authentic rhythm & blues across Europe with the same line-up some 32 years later.
Duke Heitger, a seriously talented and versatile trumpet player from the United States, mades his debut in 2011 playing a cluster of shows during the week including leading a tribute to Louis Armstrong.
As well as regular national and international favourites, the festival is hot on promoting prodigious young talent, and there is set be more than ever this year.
One of the highlights of the young jazz talent showcase was inevitably ‘The Jazz Factor’, as the festival seeks the finest young jazzers in the South West.
Established acts pop up all over the place; Steve Graham brings his New Orleans Jazz Band to Bude, while renowned reed players Alan Barnes and John Hallam will also appear this year.
And Keith Nichols, multi-instrumentalist, internationally-acclaimed classic jazz star and one-time Bing Crosby sidekick, is also slated to make several appearances, while new Dutch New Orleans band Gumbo Jumbo could be one of the festival highlights.
Full Week ‘Stroller’ tickets – essentially giving festival-goers access all areas with the exception of The Blues Band show - are available now. Also available are Bank Holiday Weekend stroller tickets, Part Week stroller tickets and Single Day stroller tickets, and can be purchased from the ticket line or from the official website (see related links).
Whether jazz is your cup of tea or not, Bude Jazz Festival is a must for fans of music and the good life.
Note from the organisers:
Due to the current economic climate which seems set to stay with us for the foreseeable future, the plethora of weekend festivals now taking place around the end of August and the Olympic Games, there will not be a Bude Jazz Festival in 2012. However, we plan a re-launch in 2013.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015