2016 Festival

Please use the comments box at the bottom of this page to post your comments on the 2016 festival. We would like to hear your thoughts on the performances, venues, facilities, refreshments and your personal experience of the festival. Also if you would like to post a link to your favourite pictures and videos of the festival please do so.

Abbreviations: (as) alto sax, (b) acoustic bass, (bjo) banjo, (bg) bass guitar, (bs) baritone sax, (cl) clarinet, (ct) cornet, (eg) electric guitar, (flg) flugel horn, (g) guitar, (kb) keyboard, (p) piano, (perc) percussion, (sousa) sousaphone, (t) trumpet, (tr) trombone, (ts) tenor sax, (vtr) valve trombone, (vibes) vibraphone, (viol) violin, (voc) voice.

Richard Exall was disappointing in his choice of content on Sunday evening. Most was not appropriate for a jazz festival. Jungle book songs…no. Shooting stars games…..no. Amy Roberts seems to be under his control and not able to play her own stuff any more.

The feeling of sadness at the announcement of the end of the festival was palpable. But that’s us thinking about ourselves, and not the workload of all those who work to put it on year after year. We thank you so much for the years of happiness you all have given us and especially our son who has experienced the best start possible in his musical experience. We will do all we can to make the last one the best ever. Thank you Fred and all the unsung volunteers. Warmest regards Andrew.

My partner and I enjoyed the jazz festival this year and its sad to see it go after next year as we both enjoy coming to swanage to the jazz festival. We normally go to the free events with dave brennan and they are normally very good we have enjoyed the past jazz festivals and you all do a wonderful job.

Having enjoyed the 2016 festival so much – and being first time attendees – we were delighted to learn there will be a 2017 event, in spite of the threat to its continuation. Not only is Swanage a fine place to visit but all the venues were first class and the organisation extremely good.
Looking forward to some of the old faces and some new in 2017 and hoping that a way might be found to continue beyond the coming year.
Thank you for all the efforts of the organisers.