The next ‘Jazz at the Apollo’ concert features Digby Fairweather and Karen Sharp at 3pm, supported by Mike Whitehead (bass), Bill Wills (drums) and Peter Trueman (keyboards).  Tickets are £10 and may be purchased at the Apollo box office (527267), when it’s open, or reserved by ringing 523879; or on the door if available.  As last year was a sell-out, please get your reservation in before future advertisement in the Isle of Wight County Press.

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Online tickets are not on sale yet. Do check back soon, or call the box office on 01983 210010 to reserve tickets.

karen sharp

Some readers may not know much about Karen Sharp, who doubles tenor and baritone (her name is most famously attached to the late Humphrey Lyttelton, in whose band she played for four years). Karen took up the tenor saxophone whilst studying composition at the Royal Northern College of Music.  A friend introduced her to a recording of Dexter Gordon and she was instantly hooked, quickly joining the college jazz band and finding regular work in a busy soul band based in Liverpool.  Since relocating to London in 1999 Karen has become a busy freelance musician working alongside many top class British and American musicians such as Scott Hamilton, Sir John Dankworth, Danny Moss, Alan Barnes, Barbara Lea, Dick Sudhalter, Joe Temperley, Mark Nightingale, Annie Whitehead, Ellyn Rucker, Roy Williams, Tina May, Nikki Iles, Scott Robinson, Ken Peplowski and the great blues singer Elkie Brooks.

She’s a full-blown tenor saxophonist with total command of the horn, especially the lower register, which some players shy away from.  She has an admirable technique, but doesn’t let it dominate her playing; rather, her solos have a conversational flavour, moving lightly from phrase to phrase, with space to breathe and reflect in between.  When combined with the great Digby Fairweather this is set fair to be a gig not to be missed!

This year we shall present more exciting new artists and bands, to be announced by the end of January.