National Youth Jazz Orchestra
The 2017 Newport Jazz Weekend is NOW ON! - Tickets
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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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Liz Fletcher

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Born in Kingston Upon Thames into a musical family (her parents were singers, her stepfather a saxophonist). Liz has performed all over Europe, the Far East and USA.

Influenced by Peggy Lee and Julie London with a love for Ella and Chet Bakers’ phrasing, and a passion for Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, the Crusaders and many of the early fusion bands, Liz developed her own style. She has recorded three solo albums to date - Mellow Mania - Liz Fletcher Live In The Park and Blue Afternoons that were collaborations with the song-writer, Rupert Wates.

Liz has performed in Jazz Clubs and Festivals such as Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express and Glastonbury; working with some of Britain’s most respected musicians – Robin Aspland, Alan Barnes, Tony Coe, Jim Mullen, Andy Panayi, Marc Parnell, Julian Siegel, Matt Wates, Gareth Williams and many more.

In 2004 Liz had the privilege to be asked to record an album written by world-class saxophonist Alan Barnes and the highly acclaimed British playwrite Alan Plater called 'Songs For Unsung Heros'. This was followed by a second album, 'The Seven Ages Of Jazz' in 2006. "Never have I learned so much and laughed so much as when working these two extraordinarily talented men. I am forever grateful".

2006 found Liz involved in a writing project with Mobo award winner, Ceri 'Sunship' Evans, the pianist and founder member of the 'The Brand New Heavies' who was one of the musicians she began her jazz singing career with.

In 2012, Liz set up her own recording label called AudioLoob on which she released the album simply entitled 'Liz'. This project was an opportunity for her to include recordings of some self penned songs and show off her skills as a producer.

Simon Thorpe, director and bass player of the highly acclaimed, Jiving Miss Daisy band, asked Liz to join as principle singer in 2013 which has led to many gigs and a lot of fun touring around the country and in London at venues such as Ronnie Scotts, The Ivy, The Cafe Royal, The Birmingham Rep and more. Director of The Jazz Repertory Company, Richard Pite invited Liz to put together a show of Nina Simone songs and in May 2015 Liz performed this show at Cadogan Hall. The show was a great success and has been performed at Canary Wharf Boisdale.

Whilst enjoying her regular gigs at Boisdale Belgravia, gigging with Jiving Miss Daisy and many of London’s top musicians in clubs, bars, restaurants etc Liz has been working on some new ideas for an EP with her long standing friend and musical partner, producer, Chris Bemand.

Watch Liz perform "Willow Weep for Me"

Liz's Website


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