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.
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 - BEST YET!
Please keep coming back to this site. Over the next few days we will be bringing you reviews and load of great photos. (Thank you Walter and Ian).
Here is a little taster.
We would like to thank all our sponsors. We couldn't do it without you!
Our main sponsors are the Isle of Wight County Press, Red Funnel, Visit Isle of Wight and Newport Parish Coucil.
Jim receives a cheque for £750.
Statement from Jim Thorn - event organiserYesterday (Sunday 31st May) at Medina Theatre was amazing as a combined crowd of over 600 people came along to see Back to Basie and Sax Appeal.
From a personal point of view those gigs were amongst the best I have ever seen from any band in any genre.
The attendance at Medina shows that we have met the aims we first set in 2012 of setting up a responsibly-run, non-profit-making Jazz Festival which would restore the faith of UK jazz musicians in coming to the Isle of Wight.
We started small and have worked our way up year on year. There have been a few hiccups but surprisingly few - but our little team of part-time volunteer organisers have worked really hard in trying to eliminate cock-ups before they happen.
Over the past four days, there have been full houses everywhere - not just the main gigs, but also in pubs and restaurants for local bands and musicians which, in my view, is just as important as bringing down top UK musicians for the headline gigs. Our ticket sales were up near 2,000 for the weekend compared to 1,300 last year. Adding in the attendance at the free local events, we probably brought jazz to 5,000 people across the four days. Lots of them were from the mainland, and ALL of the money goes to Island musicians, venues and businesses. Check out this website for full details and pictures as they emerge, but this was a great success made possible by the wonderful support of the public and, after a couple of days off, we will start thinking about next year!