Bude Jazz Festival 2018

Bude Jazz Festival

2018 Dates Announced.......

Report on the 30th Bude Jazz Festival

The 30th Bude Jazz Festival was held from 29th August - 1st September 2017 and apart from some drizzle and a shower on Tuesday morning, the weather was very kind. The Festival started at 10.30am on the Tuesday morning with a parade led by a marching band made up of festival regular performers and followed by a good number of people in a brolly parade. The parade route started at Bude Light, went across Nanny Moore’s Bridge to the Triangle where the brollies were judged and prizes given by Sainsbury’s. Presentations were also made for the for the best dressed jazz shop window. The parade then continued along The Strand and The Crescent to finish up at The Brendon Arms.

From then on it was jazz all the way!! This year the Festival was limited to just five venues all in the centre of town. This allowed stroller ticket holders to walk easily to the bands of their choice. There were sessions in the morning, afternoon and evening with a wide variety of music being played to suit all tastes. There were a number of new bands this year including Budapest Ragtime Jazz Band, Brownfield Byrne Hot Six, SwingZing, and Old Hat Jazz Band; the latter in particular were commended by many festival goers. There were a number of bands returning after an absence including Savannah Jazz Band, and a Keith Nichols Quartet with Spats Langham, Trevor Whiting and Malcolm Sked. And of course there were many festival regulars such as Kevin Grenfell, Richard Leach, John Hallam, and George Huxley.

This year there were also four free afternoon bands in the bandstand outside the Castle and the good weather meant a large turnout each day. At some times there were over 200 people gathered around the bandstand including large numbers dancing on the grass. It was an ideal way of bringing the festival and jazz to the general public and it was noticeable that many casual passers-by stayed to listen. All in all, there was a great atmosphere around the town with jazzers meeting up with old friends, buskers at various locations, dancing in the Parkhouse, and excellent attendances in all the venues.

However, the Festival lost its main sponsor this year and the long-term future is in doubt unless additional sponsors can be found. Reserves are sufficient in the short term and it is intended that there will be a 31st Bude Jazz Festival in 2018 running from 28th to 31st August.

Peter Daniel

This entry was posted on October 6, 2017

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