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Policy Statement

This 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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Zoe Frances

Zoe FrancisOne of the most highly-rated up and coming singers in the UK, Zoe danced and acted with two local companies touring the U.K as a teenager and turned her attentions to jazz whilst living in New York.

She attended the Dr. Barry Harris workshops on Tuesday evenings near the Lincoln Centre, where many singers lined up to sing the chosen song of that evening with a trio. Within a year she was performing long running spots in midtown Manhattan with musicians including Jo Cohn, Chris Flory, Harry Allen, Warren Vache, Steve Ash, Ray Gallon, Ehud Asherie and Neal Miner.

Now based in London, Zoe is releasing her first album in January 2013 "Looking for a boy" with Dave Newton, Colin Oxley and Andrew Cleyndert. She also performs regularly with Alan Barnes and Dave Newton in a trio and we are delighted to welcome them to Newport this year.

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