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 and a donation to charity (IW Mountbatten Hospice).

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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The Alleycats

Alleycats The Alleycats are an Isle of Wight based fusion/funk band known for their interpretations of numbers by Herbie Hancock, Jaco Pastorius, the Crusaders and Michael Brecker amongst many others.

The band personnel is interchangeable but is lead by Gary Plumley (saxophones) who is one of leading jazz-funk saxophonists in the UK and performs regularly with Sax Appeal as well as having played with Terry Callier, Snowboy, The James Taylor Quartet, the Four Tops, George Michael, Lisa Stansfield, Swing out Sister, Shakatak and many others.

Other regular members of the band are Rupert Brown (drums) who has played with the Lighthouse Family and Nigel Kennedy amongst a varied and busy drumming career, Jim Thorn (keyboards), Jon Thorne (bass), Jules Nelson (guitar and vocals) and Ken Black (percussion).