Preview: Newport Jazz Weekend

The Newport Jazz Weekend's 2017 programme has been announced, with acts including NYJO, Liane Carroll, Zoe Rahman and a performance of the Isle of Wight Suite

The 2017 Newport Jazz Weekend will run from Thursday 1 June to Sunday 4 June, with performances at a range of indoor venues, all within walking distance of each other, across the Isle of Wight's largest town. The festival brings jazz musicians from across the UK to the island, with free events and a jazz education course joining concerts by established stars.

The festival begins with a two-day jazz tuition course, for musicians of all ages. The course, which runs from Wednesday 31 May, includes a Thursday evening concert by students and tutors at the Apollo Theatre. The festival closes with a Sunday night concert, also at the Apollo, from the Liane Carroll Trio. In between, there are around a dozen other events at five different venues - big names such as the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, pianist Zoe Rahman (pictured right), Alan Barnes, Nikki Iles and Stan Sulzmann, and the Derek Nash Quintet are all set to appear.

Local artists, such as salsa and Latin jazz band Toca Bonito, are also booked for the weekend. On Thursday night at the Apollo Theatre, the quintet led by island-based guitarist Nick Page will perform the Isle Of Wight Suite.

The organisers stress the friendly nature of the festival, as well as its reputation for being "well-organised by a group of musicians and volunteers from all around the Island."

The programme is as follows:

Thursday 1 June:

Student and tutors jazz concert
Nick Page Quintet

Friday 2 June:

Nate Najar Trio
The Savoy Collection
Zoe Rahman
Toca Bonito

Saturday 3 June:

Liz Fletcher Quintet
Derek Nash Quintet
Vasilis Xenopoulos/Nigel Price Quartet (Price pictured left by John Watson)
Nikki Iles/Stan Sulzmann
The Alleycats

Sunday 4 June:

Jazz Eucharist
Alan Barnes/David Newton
Sandy Suchodolski Trio
Liane Carroll Trio

For full details of the programme go to the Newport Jazz Weekend website.

For ticket sales information go to the festival's tickets page.

Bruce Lindsay

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