Newport Jazz weekend 2016The 5th Newport Jazz Weekend 2nd – 5th June 2016 will be the best so far with many of the gigs looking like they will sell out. The full programme can found here.

Can there be a better way to start a Saturday than with the good time music of the 1920’s and 1930’s performed by the island’s very own Gramophone Party?

Put together in 2006 for an album project to capture the spirit of some of the early recordings a performance by the ensemble is always a treat.

Newport Jazz Weekend

Gramophone Party – Newport Jazz Weekend

Fronted by multi-instrumentalist J C Grimshaw and sister Angelina the audience were treated to a lively set with numbers as diverse as Blind Blake’s Diddy wah diddy through to Alexander’s Rag Time band by the way of Paul Armfield forsaking his bass for saw and bow for his own personal interpretation of Mood indigo.

With Richard “Spats” White on clarinet and Rupert Brown on drums this was a magnificen start to a full Saturday of music for the third day of the Newport Jazz Weekend.