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 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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Richard Pite

Richard PiteRichard is an expert in all types of drumming, having played in brass bands, Country and Western and Rock bands as well as Jazz. He makes a speciality of completely accurate percussion styles of the 20's, 30's and 40's. He is happy to be described as the love-child of Ringo Starr and Gene Krupa.

He is a multi-instrumentalist. As well as drums, he plays tuba, flute, bassoon, double bass and piano. He toured Europe and the USA, including a concert at Carnegie Hall.
His "100 Years of Jazz in 99 Minutes" has been greeted with standing ovations.

He recently feature in the Kylie Minogue Lexus "Quiet Revolution" television advertisement (Watch the interview). His drumming has featured in several films including "Vera Drake", "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and "Me and Orson Wells"

Richard is the Director of Music at Boisdale of Canary Wharf.

Watch Richard play "Mr Bojangles" at Boisdales.