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Visit the Summertime Blues and Jazz Picnic

Thu 1 Aug 2013

Visit the Summertime Blues and Jazz Picnic

The Summertime Blues and Jazz Picnic could be just the treat for island visitors this month, with live music and a host of attractions for fans of a laidback style of entertainment.

Organised by Ventnor Rotary Club and St Catherine's - a charity dedicated to supporting children with speech, language and communication issues - the event is set to take place on August 25th and will kick off from 16:00 BST.

It promises to be a fantastic day out for all the family, but especially mums and dads keen to relax to the distinctive rhythms of jazz and blues.

An outdoor event for the August Bank Holiday weekend, guests are invited to bring along a picnic, roll out a blanket and have a great time getting down to the sounds of The Unity Stompers performing live on stage.

Founded in 1960, the 'Stompers' are renowned for their traditional jazz style and over the years have backed some of the biggest names on the British jazz circuit, including Digby Fairweather, Roy Williams, John Barnes, Terry Lightfoot and more.

The current line-up of the band is Andy Norman on vocals and cornet, Dave Bryant (trombone), John Swaffield (clarinet, as well as soprano, alto and tenor saxes), Martin Dover (piano), Derek Tigg (banjo), Ben Bertram (bass) and Terry Dickson on percussion.

John Whitehouse, president of Ventnor Rotary Club, said: "The Island has a long tradition of open air jazz events such as Mottistone and we aim to add Summertime Blues & Jazz to the list. 

"We are inviting guests to bring a picnic and dance away."

The event is being held in the beautiful surroundings of East Dene and admission will cost £10 if booked in advance or £12 on the gate, with live musical performances taking place from 17:00 to 20:00 BST.

Tickets can be purchased from St Catherine's charity shop and the County Press shop in Newport and Seasons in Ventnor.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801619866-ADNFCR

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