THE third Newport Jazz Weekend kicked off at the Apollo Theatre last night, headlined with a foot-tapping set from the award-winning Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet.
The weekend offers something for everyone - fans can look forward to smooth, bebop, blues, gospel, Latin, trad and more. Some of the UK's foremost jazz players are travelling to the Island, but there are also plenty of big local names to look out for.
The playing today (Friday) starts with Island jazz lynchpin Gary Plumley and The Bees' trumpet player Tim Parkin, leading their quintet through contemporary standards at the Apollo Theatre at 3pm. They will be followed by the Simon Allen Quintet at 5:30pm, before Alan Barnes and Dave Newton bring the evening to a close with an intimate gig in Quay Arts at 8:30pm.
For the rest of the weekend, alongside big ticket acts including the Nigel Price Organ Trio, Jim Hart and Mark Nightingale and Tipitina, jazz fans can also look forward to Louis Armstrong and Oscar Peterson tributes, an improvisation workshop, a piano masterclass, casual jam sessions and much more.
The event is sponsored by the County Press, Red Funnel and Visit Isle of Wight.
There is a wide selection of free events, and tickets for paid gigs can be purchased in advance from the Isle of Wight County Press Shop on 01983 535007, or online at www.newportjazzweekend.ticketsource.co.uk
Tickets will also be available on the door subject to availability, and discounted prices are offered for under-21s.