Policy StatementThis event is being organised by a local committee of musicians and jazz fans.
Our aim is to promote jazz on the Isle of Wight. Members of the committee will not receive any financial reward. Inspected accounts will be made on request.
The committee will cover the cost of the main venues and headline acts. This will be funded by sponsorship, ticket sales and other fund-raising activities.
Any subsequent profits will go towards funding future events and a donation to charity (IW Mountbatten Hospice).
We will encourage other performances during the period. However, we will not act as agents. It will be the responsibility of the performers and venues to negotiate between themselves.
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Newport Jazz Weekend 2015
Now in its fourth year, Newport Jazz Weekend will take place from 28-31 May 2015.
The programme has been finalised and discounted "early bird" tickets are now available on line.
Newport Jazz Weekend is sponsored by the Isle of Wight County Press and Red Funnel and is supported by Visit Isle of Wight.
Event Director, Jim Thorn, said "We now have a really good reputation amongst jazz musicians and audiences across the UK, and we are a firm fixture on the UK Jazz Festival calendar. There is already a lot of interest in our line-up for May. As always, local bands and musicians will be given as much exposure as possible and there will be jam sessions, workshops and master classes as well as open-air gigs and events which are free to the public".
The line-up includes the following :
Friday 29 May
Gareth Williams (piano) & Dave Green (bass) tribute to Bill Evans & Scott LaFaro
Bobby Wellins (tenor sax) quartet with Mark Edwards (piano), Andrew Cleyndert (bass), Spike Wells (drums)
Zoe Francis (vocals), Jim Mullen (guitar), Gareth Williams (piano), Dave Green (bass)
Saturday 30 May
Gramaphone Party (Paul Armfield's quintet)
Georgina Jackson (vocals) and Pete Long (clarinet) six-piece tribute to Benny, Duke and Peggy
Aydenne Simone (vocals) sings Ella with Keith Ingham (piano) Trio
Roots & Herbs : the Art Blakey project with Jean Toussaint, Byron Wallen, Dennis Rollins, Shane Forbes, Andrew McCormack
The Unity Stompers with Tony & Denise Lawrence
The Alan Barnes / Tony Kofi (alto saxes) Quintet with John Turville (piano), Adam King (bass), Rod Youngs (drums)
Sunday 31 May
Edana Minghella's tribute to Billie Holiday
Back to Basie (big band)
Sax Appeal + other act TBC