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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Isle of Wight Youth Jazz Orchestra (iwyjo)

Isle of Wight Youth Jazz OrchestraIWYJO (the Isle of Wight Youth Jazz Orchestra) is a new project to bring young musicians together to play big band jazz.

It was formed last year (2017) by Jez Gray (Musical Director) and Jim Thorn (Director). It rehearses approximately twice a month at the Quay Arts Theatre in Newport.

IWYJO seeks to put creativity at the forefront, with members prepared to be hands-on and fully involved in their approach to performing and improvising, and as they develop confidence and skills, some may hopefully take opportunities to arrange and compose for the band and conduct rehearsals.

The other primary objective is to explore the widest possible range of repertoire which is out there, from discovering historical gems and learning in depth about the development of the many forms of jazz through the ages, to exploring exciting contemporary directions, world music and fusion influences. At the heart of all this, we'll be forging a new path and creating a sound and a voice of our own. We also want that to be flexible enough to evolve and change over time as the membership grows, moves on and is replaced by each generation of players.

All enquiries should be directed to

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