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 available 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, directly from us, and from the Isle of Wight County Press Shop - click here for details.
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 for 2015 includes the best of UK jazz and a selection of leading Isle of Wight musicians, carefully programmed in order to provide a wide range of styles across four days.
The headline acts have been booked but there may be room for one or two more surprises in the main line-up in the next few weeks. Fringe gigs are now starting to be booked up and the full programme will be regularly updated here.
Headlining the 2015 event are Jean Toussaint's "Roots and Herbs" tribute to the Art Blakey Jazz Messengers, playing the original arrangements of the famous bandleader. We also see an appearance from the 18-piece Back to Basie big band, and the highly popular Sax Appeal who played to a sell-out audience in 2012. There are a number of tribute acts including Aydenne Simone's tribute to Ella Fitzgerald with the Keith Ingham trio, Gareth Williams and Dave Green's tribute to the music of Bill Evans, and a Peggy Lee, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington gig by a six-piece band led by Georgina Jackson and Pete Long. Other top musicians appearing include Alan Barnes, Jim Mullen, Zoe Francis, Bobby Wellins and Tony Kofi, as well as many others.
Newport Jazz Weekend is sponsored by the Isle of Wight County Press and Red Funnel Ferries. We are also supported by the Arts Council of England, Newport Parish Council and Visit Isle of Wight. We are a voluntary organisation and are very grateful to all our supporters and sponsors without whom our event would not get off the ground.