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Policy Statement

This event is being organised by a local committee of musicians and jazz fans.

Our aim is to promote jazz on the Isle of Wight. Members of the committee will not receive any financial reward. Inspected accounts will be made available on request.

The committee will cover the cost of the main venues and headline acts. This will be funded by sponsorship, ticket sales and other fund-raising activities.

Any subsequent profits will go towards funding future events.

We will encourage other performances during the period. However, we will not act as agents. It will be the responsibility of the performers and venues to negotiate between themselves.

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Sara Dowling

sara dowlingSara Dowling is a Singer/Songwriter currently living in London.
Gifted with immensely emotional vocals her influences are wide and far reaching, reminiscent of jazz and  soul greats such as Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin and Candi Statton.
Born in Oman to an Irish father and Arabic mother, she spent the early part of her life travelling through the middle east due to the nature of her fathers work.
At the age of eight her family returned to England where they settled in Cornwall
It was here that she was loaned a Cello by her school and it was then that she realised her natural ability to perform.

The following year she was awarded a full scholarship to Chetham's school of music in Manchester. She received a  thorough classical training on the cello for the next 10 years finally gaining a degree at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Accolades on the cello included performances for Yo Yo Ma and a concerto performance with the Halle Orchestra.
Unfortunately circumstances beyond her control put a stop to a promising career as a cellist and it wasn't until 2009 that Sara was able to re-emerge, this time using her talents as a vocalist.

Her first EP 'On your Own' is due for release early next year.

"A vocal with timeless quality, 5 stars"
"Enigmatic, beguiling & intensely musical"
"Her voice has all the qualities that you find in the great singers"
"The Jazz world has been waiting a long time for Sara Dowling to come along"

Sarah will be performing at Newport Jazz Weekend with:
Gabriel Latchin: Piano
Dario Di Lecce: Bass
Matt Home: Drums

Watch Sarah sing "Cheek to Cheek" with her trio



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