Alan Barnes playing in Cowes last year.
MUSIC THE line-up for next year’s Newport Jazz Weekend is taking shape as organisers look to top the success of last July’s inaugural concerts.
Top sax player, Alan Barnes, well known as one of the country’s leading jazz musicians, has been confirmed as resident artist.
Alan recently won the alto saxophone, clarinet and baritone saxophone categories in the British Jazz Awards.
He will team up with trumpeter, Bruce Adams, and top pianist, David Newton, as well as up-and-coming vocalist, Zoe Francis, among others.
World famous guitarist Martin Taylor will be backafter his sellout performance last year.
Also returning will be award-winning vocalist, Georgia Mancio, and New York-based pianist, Keith Ingham.
There are also many new names to the Island, including highly respected pianist, Craig Milverton, and guitarists, Nigel Price and Jim Mullen.
Among Island musicians appearing is sax player, Gary Plumley, with the eight-piece sax ensemble, Sax Appeal.
The line-up is provisionally set to include 13 musicians shortlisted in the British Jazz Awards 2012.
There will also be jam sessions, workshops and jazz education.
Fringe events involving local musicians and bands are still to be finalised and interested musicians can e-mail the event organiser, Jim Thorn, on firstname.lastname@example.org
The non-profit event, on July 19 to 21, will be run by volunteer musicians and jazz enthusiasts.
Jim said the feedback from 2112 was excellent and it was hoped Newport Jazz Weekend would secure a place on the UK jazz scene as a popular annual event.
• For full details visit www.newportjazzweekend.co.uk