National Youth Jazz Orchestra
The 2017 Newport Jazz Weekend is NOW ON! - Tickets
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Who Are We?

The Newport Jazz Weekend Committee is:-

Jim Thorn is the Event Director of Newport Jazz Weekend. He is a Newport-based solicitor and a busy local musician. He is regularly booked as an accompanist for other musicians, and for a number of years he has organised regular jam sessions around the Island. He runs two bands and often pops up appearing with several others as a guest.

John Clack discovered jazz in the 50s through his cousin's banjo playing in Steve Lane's Famous Southern Stompers. Today Brad Mehldau, Phronesis, Empirical, and Andrew McCormack figure in his musical tastes, and he takes in London, Brighton and Teignmouth Jazz Festivals... and Bestival! His professional background is project management.

Willie Sanderson is a jazz enthusiast who has come on board in 2013 to lend his considerable experience of organising jazz events. He has excellent contacts within the UK jazz world and regularly hosts jazz events in Cowes which raise funds for charity. He also kindly provides accommodation for a number of our visiting professional musicians.

Ian Mitchell is our event photographer and a Licentiate member of the Royal Photographic Society. Ian has been visiting the island since the 1960's and finally moved here in 2006. When not photographing gigs Ian presents a specialist blues and jazz programme on local community radio station Angel Radio Isle of Wight.

Tim Marshall is a semi-retired professional musician who worked for many years for P&O Cruises, playing for shows and backing cabaret. He has lost count of the times he has been round the world but he thinks it's about 12. Now a land-lubber, he is re-discovering styles of music denied him afloat - folk/rock, soul and jazz. Tim is the Jazz Weekend website editor.

Policy Statement

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 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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