The dates for the 2024 Isle of Wight Jazz Weekend will be 19-22 September.
Wow! Our 2023 Jazz Weekend was probably the best one yet, judging from the feedback from audience, musicians and venues. Every gig was well supported, and once again we heard very good things about the overall atmosphere, value for money, wide and diverse range of acts, and the friendly nature of the event.
It was a privilege to hear from many "mainland" based festival attendees, that our jazz festival is their favourite one in the UK. Clearly we have a lot to live up to in 2024, and we will do our best to make it even better.
Please check out our GALLERY pages for a photographic record of the event.
Our successful and friendly jazz festival is organised and run by volunteers, with all income from ticket sales and sponsors, going to pay musicians and venues.
We have reserved our dates and venues for 2024, and have started making bookings for headline and fringe acts. More news will appear here very soon, and we plan to start selling tickets in February/March.
In the meantime, if you have any questions or suggestions, or offers of help, or if you wish to be added to our mailing list, then please contact us by email - please see the CONTACT page
The annual IW Jazz Weekend is set to make a welcome return after the pandemic and will take place between September 15th and September 18th 2022. Event director Jim Thorn said: 'Although we started very modestly with a local audience, we have quickly become established as a major event on the UK jazz calendar. We have therefore decided to re-brand as the IW Jazz Weekend to promote the Island as a destination to hear the best UK jazz has to offer.
"We continue to put together a great mix of new and more familiar faces. We have a great selection of artistes lined up with something to appeal to as wide an audience as possible."
"We could not put on the event without the support of our sponsors and I would particularly like to thank the County Press, Red Funnel and Newport and Carisbrooke Parish Council for their continued and invaluable support."
One of the highlights of the 2022 event on Saturday, September 17, will be the Alan Barnes+Eleven. Expect joyous playing, outstanding virtuosity, variety and Alan’s inimitable sense of humour.
Closing Sunday, September 18, is the Sara Dowling Quartet. Her sound is a vibrant fusion of nostalgic classical harmonies and intense American post-bop rhythms of the late 1960s, where interplay and improvisation are at the heart of the performance.