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Jazz Links & More!

Exeter still has an HMV branch in Princesshay and from time to time there are cheap jazz CD’s . Elsewhere in the City Jamie is the helpful owner of Rooster Records at 98 Fore St Exeter, EX4 3HY Telephone [44]01392 272009‎, where you can find an intriguing mixture of vinyl and CD’s, but no website yet. Check opening times before travelling.

After 21 years of operation, and being recommended by me since 2008, Pueblo Records is closing in September 2022. Iíve never found anywhere that has been as great a source of jazz and jazz knowledge, so Iíll go on looking, and reader recommendations are welcomed at

Drift Records

I’d also recommend The Drift Record Shop in Totnes or at 103 High Street Totnes TQ9 5SN (01803 866828) for its eclectic and far ranging stock. Get on the mailing list!

Depending on your pockets and your devotion to the music is a usually reliable source, as is the parent company at - but with the latter be sure to check out the prevailing exchange rate before buying!

Recorded jazz is best heard on a system that gives a full dynamic sound. The Edge of Jazz uses, and endorses, an Arcam PA410 amplifier ( with Acoustic Energy AE509 speakers ( For advice on suitable turntables we recommend viewing and seeking their advice.

The Best Turntable

As far as the written word is concerned there is extensive coverage of jazz and jazz related events in many newspapers and I’d particularly commend the coverage in The Financial Times in print and online and on Twitter @mike-hobart. However for much more details of the British Jazz scene it’s hard to beat the authoritative Jazzwise magazine which gives good coverage of the widest possible news and some excellent reviews.

Other (often strange) Links:

Exeweb is the unofficial website for Exeter City Football Club and can be found at and you’ll see just how fanatical a group of fans can be about a football (or soccer if you’re in the US!) club. In 2021 the Club has been owned by its supporters for 18 years after nearly going out of business entirely in 2003.

Lynton and Barnstaple Railway

Finally one of my other abiding interests is helping to restore the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway which closed in 1935. About 1 mile of track has reopened and there’s a lot more to do. In late 2017 planning permission was given for another four miles of track to be reconstructed Find out further details at