Next year's dates - 1st to 4th June 2017 . See photos of this year's event HERE.
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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 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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Dennis Rollins

Dennis Rollins

Dennis Rollins is one of the leading British jazz trombonists of his generation, and is the founder and bandleader of BadBone and Co. We are delighted to welcome him back to Newport after his appearance with "Roots and Herbs" in 2015. He plays twice on Saturday - once with his amazing own Velocity Trio, which is not to be missed, and then with local fusion/funk outfit The Alleycats (featuring Gary Plumley and Rupert Brown) in "Saturday night at the Quay Arts

Dennis was born in Birmingham, of Jamaican parents, and raised in Bentley, Doncaster and attended Don Valley High School.

Although his early listening was funk, by his early teens he was listening to and playing jazz. As he developed his own style, the two forms came together and coalesced in a distinctively exciting and earthy manner. His primary jazz trombone influences were Fred Wesley and J.J. Johnson, although he also paid attention to the playing of Robin Eubanks, Frank Rosolino and Steve Turre.

Dennis attended the college system of Doncaster Youth Jazz Association, the brainchild of John S.M. Ellis MBE, who featured him as soloist with the Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra. Later, Rollins played with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Warriors under Courtney Pine. Thereafter, he was in much demand, playing in various bands including the funk fusion groups, Jamiroquai, and Brand New Heavies, with whom he toured the USA.

In 2000 he formed the quintet Dennis Rollins' BadBone and Co., launched at the Barbican in March of that year specialising in funk-inflected jazz.

In 2005 he formed Boneyard, an ensemble featuring ten trombones, sousaphone (or "sousabone"), and drums; this band performed a series of live gigs throughout the U.K. that summer as well as a performance on BBC Radio 3. Boneyard featured the British jazz trombonists Barnaby Dickinson, Matt Colman, Julian Hepple, Andy Derrick, Kevin Holborough, Harry Brown, and Lee Hallam, with Andy Grappy on sousaphone.

In addition to playing trombone, Dennis is also developing as a skilled composer and arranger.He is already an important voice on the UK jazz and funk scenes and his visits to the USA are extending his audience internationally.

Dennis has won the following awards - British Jazz Awards - Best Trombone, 2006, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Awards - Best Trombone, 2007, British Jazz Awards - Best Trombone, 2007, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Award - Freedom Of The Borough, for supporting and inspiring young Doncaster Musicians, 2007, Parliamentary Jazz Award - for jazz education, 2008, JazzYorkshire Awards - Band Of The Year, Velocity Trio, 2012, British Trombone Society - Outstanding Contribution To The Trombone, 2013, Velocity Trio 'Symbiosis' Jazz Album Of 2015 - Mojo Magazine

Watch Dennis Rollin's Velocity Trio play Samba Galactica

Dennis' Website

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