NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL 31st May – 3rd June 2018
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 around 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.
What WIKIPEDIA has to say about JAZZ
Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz is seen by many as ‘America’s classical music’. Since the 1920s Jazz Age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. It then emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African-American and European-American musical parentage with a performance orientation. Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation. Jazz has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions including blues and ragtime, as well as European military band music. Although the foundation of jazz is deeply rooted within the black experience of the United States, different cultures have contributed their own experience and styles to the art form as well. Intellectuals around the world have hailed jazz as “one of America’s original art forms”.
As jazz spread around the world, it drew on different national, regional, and local musical cultures, which gave rise to many distinctive styles. New Orleans jazz began in the early 1910s, combining earlier brass-band marches, French quadrilles, biguine, ragtime and blues with collective polyphonic improvisation. In the 1930s, heavily arranged dance-oriented swing big bands, Kansas City jazz, a hard-swinging, bluesy, improvisational style and Gypsy jazz (a style that emphasized musette waltzes) were the prominent styles. Bebop emerged in the 1940s, shifting jazz from danceable popular music toward a more challenging “musician’s music” which was played at faster tempos and used more chord-based improvisation. Cool jazz developed near the end of the 1940s, introducing calmer, smoother sounds and long, linear melodic lines.