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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Headliners Named for 2014The head-line acts for Newport Jazz Weekend 2014 are now confirmed and tickets are now on sale. The event runs from 17 to 20 July and for the first time, will start on the Thursday with an opening night gig by the Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet at the Apollo Theatre. Featuring David Newton on piano as well as Derek Nash, the Sax Appeal leader himself, the group's latest CD "Joyriding" is a mulipple award winner. On Friday there is a visit from the Simon Allen Quintet. A popular visitor to the Island, tenor saxophonist Allen is joined by top UK trumpeter Quentin Collins and a rhythm section which includes Tom Cawley (piano). Later on Friday, David Newton appears again at the Quay Arts centre this time in an intimate duo setting with Alan Barnes.
Saturday begins with an appearance by the highly popular Pedigree Trad Band led by Chris Walker. One of the highlights of the weekend will then be a double concert at the Apollo Theatre with a Tribute to Louis Armstrong featuring the Bateman Brothers, followed by a Tribute to Oscar Peterson. The seven-piece Louis tribute includes vocalist Maggie Reeday and is a popular and regular act at Ronnie Scott's. The Oscar Peterson tribute is led by pianist Craig Milverton. Later in the same day, New Orleans gospel/blues outfit Tipitina will play at the Apollo Theatre after the renowned Julian Stringle Dream Band, featuring vocalist Jacqui Hicks, perform at Newport Minster.
Sunday opens with the Karen Sharp (saxophone) and Nikki Iles (piano) quartet at the Quay Arts Centre. They will be joined by one of the UK's best-known double bass and drum combinations, Dave Green and Steve Brown, who later on appear at the Riverside Centre with Alan Barnes and trumpeter Enrico Tomasso. In between these gigs there will be the Nigel Price Organ Trio and an exciting quintet gig featuring Mark Nightingale (trombone), Jim Hart (vibes) and John Donaldson (piano). The weekend also has a sprinkling of top rhythm section players including drummers Sebastiaan De Krom, Mike Bradley and Nick Millward and bassists Sandy Suchodolski, Jon Thorne and Geoff Gascoyne.
Newport Parish Council have donated £750 to Newport Jazz Weekend.
The photo shows event organiser Jim Thorn receiving a cheque at the Apollo Theatre after the Craig Milverton Quartet concert.
(pictured left to right -Craig Milverton, Debbie Dixcey (Newport Parish Council) Jim Thorn (Newport Jazz Weekend Director), Mary Craven (Newport Parish Council), Nick Millward).