OK, summer may be nearly over but the upside is that jazz starts again, particularly an interesting and varied programme at North Devon Jazz Club. See the North Devon Jazz Club page for the 2019 programme arranged so far. Details will appear here as they become available. It's also good to see a couple of jazz events in the Plough Arts Centre programme, which hasn't been the case recently. Monday, November 18th, Beaver Inn, Appledore: Joy Ellis Quartet
Talented jazz singer and pianist Joy Ellis is next up with her quartet at North Devon Jazz Club. Following the release of her debut album 'Life On Land' in 2017, Joy has spent the past couple of years touring the UK performing her original music at various venues and festivals including Manchester, Cheltenham and London Jazz Festivals. Joy’s soon-to-be-released second album ‘Dwell’ will be featured at The Beaver gig. The album explores her passion for jazz and improvisation, her love of groove and dance music, her classical roots as a pianist and the soulful, poetic aspects of being a singer-songwriter. Commenting on her first album John Lewis commented in The Guardian that it contains ‘fiery improvisations from Ellis who provides well-structured hard-bop solos on piano and Fender Rhodes.’ While Simon Radley of Music Republic Magazine wrote that it is a startling debut from British singer-songwriter who sets her cool, poetic meditations…to a suitably restless, sophisticated jazz ‘ Joining Joy will be Pedro Velasco on guitar, Henrik Jansen on double bass and Adam Osmianski on drums.