Final Call for a Spectacular Fest Jazz 2017 Weekend.

Made your reservations yet? There still may be time! Just!

Otherwise here’s what you might be missing.


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Fest Jazz 2017 Shaping Up To Be The Best Yet…!

For your fascination! Simply imagine your are already on the banks of The Aulne:

Fest Jazz 2017 Beckons! Fun, Festive, French! Featuring International Bands!


Fest Jazz, Châteauneuf-du-Faou, the young at heart festival
everyone is talking about.

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Fest Jazz 2017 28th – 30th July: Phenomenal Fun, Festive Jazz, International Stars! On the banks of The Aulne in Brittany! Book Early!

Fest Jazz is a young at heart festival that has been making waves in the jazz world for some years now!

Set on the banks of the River Aulne at Châteauneuf-du-Faou, one of the prettiest corners of Brittany, it attracts artists and fans from around the world. The atmosphere is relaxed and convivial with a great mixture of nationalities and generations. And there are swing dancers everywhere!

It is a young at heart festival with a young management team, young artists, a wonderful mix of nationalities and generations as well as a programme which presents jazz at its dynamic best.

No pretensions, no elitism, no rows of bejewelled bourgeoisie clapping politely as another “past their best diva” goes through the motions on stage! Fest Jazz is a festival where young and old, French, English and a host of other nationalities come together for a weekend long party.

As at every Fest Jazz there is a mix of music styles and plenty of young, exciting traditional style bands. Even more so this year and here’s how!

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Fest Jazz 2017 Early Bird Tickets On Sale Until 23rd January

The Fest Jazz Team

The 2016 Fest Jazz Team. Expect another enthusiastic and youthful team in 2017


Friday 28th – Sunday 30th July

Book Your Early Bird Tickets NOW!

After last year’s record breaking twelfth edition of Fest Jazz, we can reveal the first bands and stars booked for Fest Jazz 2017.

This young at heart festival, set in the depths of the beautiful Brittany countryside, attracts artistes and fans from around the world! The atmosphere is relaxed and convivial with a wide range of nationalities and generations. And there are swing dancers everywhere!

Many in the jazz world are talking about Fest Jazz as the “new wave festival”. Why not come and see for yourself and join in the fun?  “Early Bird” tickets will be on sale until 23rd January – just 50€ for a weekend stroller ticket giving access to all venues. For a couple, that’s a saving of at least 18€ on the normal price. Tickets can be purchased online at The page is in English.  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email:

What better way to shake off the winter blues!

Meanwhile Some 2017 Programme Tasters!

Gunhild Carling
Gunhild Carling is one of our era’s most celebrated jazz stars.  She plays around 20 instruments and her dancing has to be seen to be believed!  She combines her extraordinary virtuoso skills with elements of vaudeville flamboyance that will take your breath away. In the last few months she has played in Argentina, Central Park New York, Seoul, Las Vegas, Israel, Bangkok and now Châteauneuf-du-Faou!  An unforgettable Fest Jazz scoop.

Second Line Jazz Band
One of the most popular New Orleans style bands in Europe, the Second Line Jazz Band from Sweden was formed in 1989. Original improvisations and arrangements and a tremendous intensity in their playing have given them opportunities to perform at many jazz clubs and festivals, as well as on TV and radio in, for example, England, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, and now Brittany!

Agathe Iracema Quartet
A young Franco-Brazilian singer who mixes intimate bossa nova melodies with explosive samba rhythms and Brazilian jazz. One of the most sought after young stars in French Jazz today.

Les Sweet Peppers
Fest Jazz prides itself in finding new, young, New Orleans style bands each year. Les Sweet Peppers frm Montpelier in the south of France are very much in this tradition.  Have a look at their new video …

A young acapella  group from the Paris region. What talent and what French charm!

The Dorine de Wit Band with Jamie Brownfield,  Jack Cottrell and Tom Kinkaid
Well known to the UK jazz world, Dorine’s group was a sensation at Fest Jazz 2016 and we just had to invite them back in 2017.  They are playing throughout the weekend and will again be hugely popular.

All this just for starters! The rest of the programme (over 100 musicians) will be revealed
in the New Year!

Thank you Angelina Beauvir, Trevor Stent and the entire Fest Jazz Team for again selecting Jazz&Jazz to help promote your brilliant Brittany Festival.

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

Conscia Jazz Festival 2017: Bedford, Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd September

“Trumpet player and Bedford resident TOM SYSON has taken it upon himself to bring a festival of high-quality jazz to the town. Now in its third year, the Conscia Jazz Festival (previously Bedford Jazz Festival) will be showcasing a range of national and local jazz musicians at the Quarry Theatre in Bedford for three days from 1 to 3 September.”
(Leah Williams, London Jazz News)

The Conscia Jazz Festival 2017 is now only THREE WEEKS AWAY!
We are all extremely excited and can’t wait for the 1st of September. Watch out for our brochures (seen below) in and around Bedfordshire.
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French Rag Stars of Fest Jazz 2016 Planning an October/November 2017 UK Tour


It was a privilege to film French Rag at Fest Jazz 2016. They not only won the Battle of Jericho, they won the hearts and minds of the discerning Fest Jazz fans, including mine.

And now they plan to win hearts and minds in the UK with a 2017 tour.
So, more about the band.

First the eight piece line up:

Mickaël Knockaert (Trumpet/Bugle)
Gordon Ortenzio (Sax)
Constant Sajaloli (T-bone)
Vincent Evrard (Guitar/Banjo)
Antoine Rivière (Guitar/Banjo)
Jonas Umbdenstock (Double Bass)
Marc Devillers (Washboard)
Marc-Antoine Moercant (Drums)

French Rag play with a joyful and explosive energy drawn from the deepest origins of jazz! On their website they describe themselves as “The French Rag Old School Jass Band” and immediately follow up that description with this amazing YouTube:

Another French Rag teaser – notice especially their young fans and the dancers:

Plus “The French Rag aux Paris Follies de la Coupole”

Thanks go to Marc Devillers for sending me these impressive YouTubes in preparation for
French Rag’s 2017 UK Tour
scheduled from Friday 27 October until Sunday, 5th November.

This is a great opportunity for UK Jazz Clubs and promoters to get in on the act. One promoter with connections to this website has already made an offer. French Rag would be sure to add a new dimension to Jazz UK – and who knows, fastidiously promoted they could well appeal to many younger fans.

Register Your Interest
So, UK Jazz Clubs, Venues and Promoters, here’s how to register your interest. Address enquiries direct to French Rag by email to Marc – preferably copied to me at: Views and options could also be submitted in “Speak Your Mind” below.

Surely an opportunity not to be missed!

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

French Rag on Facebook

Announcing Fest Jazz 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Faou

Châteauneuf-du-Faou on the banks of the River Aulne

FEST JAZZ 2020 (24 – 26 July)

“The programme for Fest Jazz 2020 is taking shape and once again the accent is on young and varied groups from all over Europe.  Once again too, I become one of the most hated people in European jazz as we are forced to reject thousands (literally) of fine bands.  We just do not have the finances and the place for everyone who applies.  And we are very sorry!

“If you haven’t yet been to Fest Jazz do have a serious think about a visit this year.  It is a different type of jazz festival with young organisers, young spectators and a fabulous setting on the banks of the River Aulne.

“The Early Bird tickets go on sale online from 1st December and
Brittany Ferries have again arranged a special package for travelling
to the festival.”

Trevor Stent

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Doolally Tap Enthral 2019 Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle Festival Fans!

Nick Singer, Doolally’s Elder Statesman!

Doolally Tap always pack in the fans and raise the roof at Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle. Full of fun and mischievous character, they play with infectious energy and brilliant musicianship. Their gigs never fail to pack in the fans and raise the roof at the Small Boat Owners Club.

What better evidence than the following Jazz&Jazz YouTubes filmed at this year’s Festival. Enjoy!

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Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle Summer Festival 2019

Saturday 13th July / Sunday 14th July
The Small Boat Owners Association Clubhouse
Guildford Lawn
Ramsgate CT11 9AY

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