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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Newport Jazz Weekend 2016
Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June
as it happened!

Wednesday 1 & Thursday 2 June 2016

Students and Tutors

- Apollo Theatre -
The Weekend really started on Wednesday 1st June when Nick Page and Gary Plumley, assisted by other leading musicians started their jazz tution course culminating in a Students and Tutors concert at the Apollo Theatre. (see photos)

Karen Sharp

Apollo Theatre -
Later at the same venue Karen Sharp the 2015 British Jazz Awards Tenor Sax Winner teamed up with the Nick Page Quartet featuring Jim Thorn (piano), Jon Thorne (bass) and Ken Black (drums). (see photos)


Friday 3 June 2016

Chichester College "New Jazz Foundation"

- Newport Methodist Church -
Jazz course students performed originals and standards in an early afternoon concert.(see photos)

Craig Milverton Trio

- Apollo Theatre -
Craig Milverton, one of the UK's top pianists, Craig performed with bassist Sandy Suchodolski and drummer Nick Millward. (see photos)

Amy Roberts' Magnificent Seven

- Apollo Theatre -
Featured Amy Roberts, Richard Exall, Ian Bateman, Shanti Paul Jayasinha, Nick Millward, Sandy Suchodolski and Craig Milverton. Dedicated to the music of Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball and Chris Barber, but with a unique twist. (see photos)

Janet Seidel Quartet

- Quay Arts Theatre -
We were very pleased to welcome Janet Seidel, Australia's first lady of jazz singing, to the Quay Arts Theatre, now with the more comfortable café-style seating.(see photos)

Jam session

- Quay Arts Café -
From 9pm downstairs whilst Janet Seidel was upstairs and continued til late.

Saturday 4 June

Latin Lunch

- Earl Mountbatten Hospice -
with (Gary Plumley (flute and saxes), Loren Thorn (vocals), Jim Thorn (piano), Jon Thorne (bass), Jose Lito (congas and percussion) and Ken Black (drums)
The John Cheverton Centre at the Hospice in Halberry Lane hosted two gigs this year.
The Hospice is the chosen charity of Newport Jazz Weekend.(see photos)

Dennis Rollins' Velocity Trio

- Apollo Theatre -
Dennis Rollins is one of the most distinctive and respected figures in jazz, his trio featured the amazing Pedro Segundo on drums, and Ross Stanley on Hammond organ.(see photos)

Solent City Jazzmen

- Newport Minster -
Solent City Jazzmen, authentic New Orleans traditional jazz from the Hampshire-based Jazzmen who have a wealth of combined experience in professional bands from all around the UK during the trad jazz heyday. (see photos)

Tim Kliphuis Trio with David Newton

- Newport Methodist Church -
Regarded as the successor to Stéphane Grappelli, the brilliant violinist Tim Kliphuis briought his trio over to the Island as part of a UK tour and was also joined by a great friend of theirs and ours, David Newton on piano.(see photos)

Robert Fowler's tribute to Gerry Mulligan

- Apollo Theatre -
Baritone saxophonist Robert Fowler made his first appearance at Newport Jazz Weekend (as did bassist Arnie Somogyi). His tribute to the piano-less quartet of Gerry Mulligan gained rave reviews and was completed by world renowned trombonist Mark Nightingale and top drummer Steve Brown.

Saturday Night at the Quay Arts

- Quay Arts Centre -
A packed Quay Arts centre featured a Crusaders-style funk/fusion gig upstairs with the "Alleycats" featuring Gary Plumley, Rupert Brown, Jon Thorne, Jim Thorn and Ken Black along with special guest Dennis Rollins! . Whilst downstairs there was a similarly popular session with the Island's own salsa/latin big band Toca Bonito.

Sunday 5 June

David Newton Duo Brunch

- Earl Mountbatten Hospice -
An intimate duo setting for the wonderful David Newton (piano), accompanied by Arnie Somogyi on double bass.

Gramophone Party Brunch

- Quay Arts Centre -
The hot club atmosphere and sound produced by the Gramophone Party once again proved extremely popular. The Sunday brunch spot at the Quay Arts is always well supported due to the excellent food and atmosphere.

California State University (Northridge) "A" Big Band

- Medina Theatre -
This year we had an all-American day at Medina Theatre We were delighted to welcome the multiple award-winning California State University (Northridge) "A" Big Band California State University (Northridge) "A" Big Band. If you missed this amazing concert, you can see what you missed by going to their new collection of videos. This was their final appearance in the UK before returning home. (see photos)

Stacey Kent

- Medina Theatre -
Not many of us in 2012 when starting the Jazz Weekend for the first time, would have thought that Stacey Kent would ever be appearing at our little self-funded Festival. It was a great privilege to welcome Stacey and her quintet and a world class performance. (see photos)

The Fringe

And of course, all around Newport in pubs and clubs there was JAZZ!(see photos)

If you have any questions or comments about the Weekend or if you wish to subscribe to our mailing list please contact
Jim Thorn


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