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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Derek NashCurrenty a member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Derek was voted one of the top 5 sax players in the country at the 2002 Hamlet British Jazz Awards and has now moved to the forefront of the young British jazz movement.
In the 2002 British Jazz Awards he charted in all the following categories: Alto sax - 5th, Miscellaneous Inst -5th (Baritone Sax), Composer/Arranger - 5th, Tenor Sax - 5th, Small group - 5th with his band Sax Appeal
Plus his CD "Young Lions - Old Tigers" recorded with the late Spike Robinson was voted best Jazz CD of 2001 for Jazzizit Records He is the leader of "Sax Appeal", the hugely successful modern Jazz Ensemble which was voted best small group in 2000 Post Office British Jazz Awards The Band has recorded 4 albums, and a Video, toured the world and won a string of awards and rave reviews including the John Dankworth award for Ensemble in the 1998 B.T. Jazz awards.
His 1st solo album "Setting New Standards" features mainstream giants Alec Dankworth and Clark Tracey alongside "Incognito" keyboard star Graham Harvey in an acoustic masterpiece. This CD was voted 7th in the Best New CD in the Best New CD category at the 2000 British Jazz Awards.
In the mainstream swing world he played for several years with "Young Lions, Old Tigers" alongside U.S.A. sax star Spike Robinson, culminating in their award winning CD. Now he leads "Spike's Young Lions", a tribute to the music of Spike Robinson.
He has recently performed in the USA alongside Jazz Legends Dave and Don Grusin, plus Nelson Rangell, Lillian Boutte and George Massau.
In the UK he has performed alongside Alan Barnes, Roy Williams, John Barnes, Warren Vache, Martin Drew, Dave Green and many more. In the world of Funk he is a member of "Protect the Beat" alongside Tony Smith (Roy Ayres band), Winston Blissett (Massive Attack/Down to the Bone) and Darby Todd (Drums) having just released their 1st album.
He also leads "Atlantik Ave", a classic funk band in the style of Headhunters/Sanborn/Average White Band working alongside guitar maestro Tony Remy.