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. Audited accounts will be made available after the event.
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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Tony WoodsBorn in Southampton, Tony Woods grew up in Chilworth Old Village and began playing folk music with his father at the age of five. A graduate of Keele University, Leeds College of Music and The Guildhall School of Music Tony received awards for saxophone, outstanding performance and the soloist's prize at the Dunkirk International Jazz Festival. In the mid 90's, Tony Woods Project was formed. It has recorded three highly acclaimed albums of original, folk inspired compositions: High Seas (1997), Lowlands (2004), and Wind Shadows (2009). The band has attracted airplay on BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM, UK Jazz Radio and received a South East Music Schemes Award in 2007.
Tony has toured the UK extensively and performed at festivals and venues across the country including Manchester Jazz Festival, the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Ronnie Scotts. He has worked as a session musician in many of London's studios including Lansdown Studios, Angel Studio, Abbey Road and Maidavale. He has frequently performed with Michael Garrick, both live and on disc, in large and small ensembles, often with his wife: singer Nette Robinson. In 2010 Nette's Little Big Band released its debut CD "The Little Big Band Plays" and in 2011 the Avalon Trio released its debut CD "Forlana".