The organisers of Newport Jazz Weekend have announced the first acts to appear in July 2014. The Jazz Weekend has gained a further major sponsor with support now from Red Funnel, alongside Wightlink and the Isle of Wight County Press. The 2013 event gained coverage and praise from all around the UK, and the organisers are now looking to top their previous success. The 2014 event takes place from 18-20 July and the first three acts have been confirmed.
On Saturday 19 July, there will be an appearance from the award-winning New Orleans gospel/blues outfit Tipitina who have made a couple of very popular appearances on the Island in recent years. Earlier on the same day, the Bateman Brothers’ “Tribute to Louis Armstrong” will perform. The seven-piece outfit are highly in demand at Festivals across the UK and regularly sell out venues such as Ronnie Scott’s in London.
Sunday 20 July will see the Nigel Price Organ Trio appear at the Apollo Theatre. Nigel appeared last year with Georgia Mancio and is one of the leading jazz guitarists in the UK. His trio includes drummer Matt Home and Pete Whittaker on Hammond organ.
The remainder of the line-up will be announced in December and January with tickets on sale from February onwards. Regular updates will appear on the website www.newportjazzweekend.co.uk
Event Director Jim Thorn said “our aim is to keep a similar formula to previous years, with a varied line-up touching on all styles of jazz. There will be a couple of experiments and a slightly expanded programme because we expect even greater support and interest from both the Island and the mainland”.
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