National Youth Jazz Orchestra
The 2018 Newport Jazz Weekend dates are 30th May to 3rd June
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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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Dominic Ashworth

Dominic was born in Hamiliton, Ontario Canada. He studied guitar at the University of Toronto, Canada with Eli Kassner and performed in the University Big Band directed by Phil Nimmons. Graduating in 1982, he performed at the Havana Guitar Festival Cuba, and studied under scholarship in Spain.

He settled in the UK concentrating on writing original music including music for a version of Carmen performed at the Newcastle Playhouse. He cofounded the group AH UM, which was a regular performer at the Glasgow and Edinburgh Jazz Festivals.

Dominic has toured and recorded with Carol Kidd, Michael Garrick, Julian Marc Stringle and Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen with George Melly and recently Paul Jones.

He recorded a CD "Portraits" with his acoustic trio in 2004 for Chugnut records and a CD entitled "Between Ourselves" for MCS records in 2005.

In 2006 he was awarded the Jazz Guitarist of the year at the Birmingham Jazz awards. He’s now based in Greenwich with his wife and two daughters.

He teaches guitar at Trinity College of Music. In his spare time Dominic likes nuthin better than going huntin' and fishin' (No sorry that’s not true)

His musical inspiration includes J.S. Bach, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Paco de Lucia and George Benson

Watch the Dominic with Julian Marc Stringle play "Rhapsody in Blue"

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