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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

With only a few days to go until the Festival, tickets sales are going very well and there is a great deal of interest in our event - especially in some of our international acts. We have sold three tickets to Brazil and nine to South Africa!
Many gigs are nearing sell-out so it would be unwise to rely on purchases at the door, particularly on the Sunday.
Our full programme can be seen HERE, or downloaded as a PDF by clicking HERE.
Hard copies of our programme are available at the Isle of Wight County Press Shop.
For latest news please see our Facebook and Twitter pages.

As well as the main events, there is a healthy fringe this year and the addition of a new venue, El Patron in St Thomas Square (which joins the John Cheverton Centre and Newport Methodist Church in making their NJW debuts this year).

The full programme can be seen by clicking on the "2016 Programme" tab above.

Our festival brochure will be available soon and a PDF copy will be available on this website in early May.

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Wednesday 1 & Thursday 2 June 2016

Places are already filling up well on the Jazz Tuition Course. The course tutors will be Nick Page and Gary Plumley, assisted by other leading musicians depending on interest. The course is designed for musicians and vocalists of at least grade 5 (or equivalent) standard and who have an interest in developing their jazz skills. There will be large and small group sessions and individual instrument tuition. The course will culminate in a students & tutors concert at the Apollo Theatre on 2 June. Full details can be seen here and you can also download a booking form.

Thursday 2 June 2016

Students & Tutors concert - Apollo Theatre
The culmination of the two-day jazz tuition course
Karen Sharp with the Nick Page Quartet - Apollo Theatre
A welcome return for Karen, the 2015 British Jazz Awards Tenor Sax Winner, teaming up with Nick Page (guitar and vocals) and his quartet.

Friday 3 June 2016

Chichester College "New Jazz Foundation" Newport Methodist Church
Jazz course students performing originals and standards in an early afternoon concert

Craig Milverton Trio - Apollo Theatre
One of the UK's top pianists, Craig performs with bassist Sandy Suchodolski and drummer Nick Millward.

Amy Roberts' Magnificent Seven - Apollo Theatre Featuring 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.

Janet Seidel Quartet - Quay Arts Theatre
We are very pleased to be welcoming Janet Seidel, Australia's first lady of jazz singing. Gigs in the Quay Arts Theatre will involve cafe-style seating in 2016 rather than the uncomfortable tiered seating which has produced complaints in previous years. Janet's performance will include food options.

Jam session - Quay Arts Café
From 9pm downstairs whilst Janet Seidel is upstairs and continuing until late.

Saturday 4 June

Latin Brunch - John Cheverton Centre
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 will host two gigs this year.
The opening latin gig of 2015's festival was a sell-out and therefore Saturday this year will start with a similar feel, but this time with brunch also available. The Hospice is the charity supported by Newport Jazz Weekend.

Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio - Apollo Theatre
Dennis was very popular in 2015 with his workshop and gig with Roots & Herbs. He is one of the most distinctive and respected figures in jazz, and brings his unique trio to the Island featuring Pedro Segundo on drums and percussion, and Ross Stanley on Hammond organ.

Solent City Jazzmen - Newport Minster
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.

Tim Kliphuis Trio with David Newton - Newport Methodist Church
Regarded as the successor to Stéphane Grappelli, the brilliant violinist Tim Kliphuis brings his trio over to the Island as part of a UK tour and is also joined by a great friend of theirs and ours, Dave Newton on piano. This is bound to be one of the most popular events of the weekend which should have plenty to satisfy fans of any style of music.

Robert Fowler's tribute to Gerry Mulligan - Apollo Theatre
Baritone saxophonist Robert Fowler makes his first appearance at Newport Jazz Weekend (as does bassist Arnie Somogyi). His tribute to the piano-less quartet of Gerry Mulligan has gained rave reviews and is completed by world renowned trombonist Mark Nightingale and top drummer Steve Brown. A full house is anticipated!

Saturday Night at the Quay Arts - Quay Arts Centre
£10 will get you entry to the Quay Arts on Saturday night when there will be two exciting gigs - upstairs (cafe-style seating and standing room, with dancefloor space) there will be a Crusaders-style funk/fusion gig with the "Alleycats" featuring Gary Plumley, Rupert Brown, Jon Thorne, Jim Thorn and Ken Black along with special guest Dennis Rollins!

Downstairs there will be a similarly action-packed session with the Island's own salsa/latin big band Toca Bonito.

Sunday 5 June

David Newton Duo Brunch - John Cheverton Centre
An intimate duo setting for the wonderful Dave Newton (piano), accompanied by Arnie Somogyi on double bass.
Brunch will be available at the Hospice.
Anyone who wishes to see both Dave Newton and the Gramophone Party (see below) will be able to do so because the timings will not clash, but you won't be able to eat brunch twice!

Gramophone Party Brunch - Quay Arts Centre
The hot club atmosphere and sound produced by the Gramophone Party made a great impression at the Jazz Weekend in 2015 and their morning gig was so popular that we had to invite them back. The Sunday brunch spot at the Quay Arts is always popular due to the excellent food and atmosphere and we expect this gig to be sold out well in advance. Brunch will be served downstairs in the Cafe, and the music will be upstairs in the Theatre with cafe-style seating rather than the uncomfortable tiered seating which has produced complaints in previous years.

California State University (Northridge) "A" Big Band - Medina Theatre
This year we have an all-American day at Medina Theatre and we hope that they will both be sell-outs. College bands in the USA are a very serious business and result in a fantastically high quality of musicianship. We are delighted to welcome the multiple award-winning California State University (Northridge) "A" Big Band.
Please check their new collection of videos. We have helped them to put together a brief tour of the UK, and this will be their final appearance on tour before returning home.

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 is a great privilege to welcome Stacey and her quintet. Jamie Cullum describes her as "quietly sitting at the top of the world of jazz vocals for many years".

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


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