Unity Stompers - Isle of Wight Jazz Band



Denise and her husband, pianist, Tony are very good friends of The Unity Stompers and host regular Jazz holidays at venues around the UK and further afield we always enjoy working with them.  For more information got to  www.jazzbreaks.com





Another of our very, very special friends is Digby Fairweather.  Always a delight to work with and a guaranteed crowdpleaser.  Read more about him and his work at www.digjazz.co.uk .  Don't miss his autobiography "Notes from a Jazz Life".


Humph and Band Cowes week 2003.

Humph had been a guestwith the Stompers several times in the 1980s and he introduced us to lots of his friends.  A legend of British Jazz who will remain in our memories forever.



Dave Shepherd - what a truly lovely guy. Freshwater 2005.


Clarinetist and Bandleader Chris Walker has done much to promote Jazz in the South, especially through his broadcasts on BBC Radio Solent.  www.swingtet.co.uk


Alan Elsdon is another Island favourite.



Terry Lightfoot has been a guest of the Stompers on several occasions and even donated a set of red band Jackets.  What a great guy.



A true legend.  The King of British Jazz, Nat Gonella became a regular visitor to the Island and a good friend of The Unity Stompers. Seen here singing with the band in 1996.  We miss him greatly.


 Wonderful saxophonist, Karen Sharp - Guesting with the Stompers 26th October 2006.  A lovely lady and what a gorgeous sound......


"The Young Lad",  Sandy is now doing great things in "The Big City"

find out more at www.sandysuchodolski.com



The Bob Howarth Big Band ( featuring several Stompers). Rylstone Gardens, Shanklin. Summer of 2004.

Formed in the 1960s by the late Bob Howarth who played with the Jack Jackson Band (with a young Bruce Forsyth on piano) and later Oscar Rabin.  After Bob died in 1986 the band's library was put into storage for 3 years when bass player Dick Sparks reformed the band. The Bob Howarth Big Band is now led by Charlie Ross.



I've been told off for not mentioning our very, very, good friends Ron Bird and Alana.  Ron has been a regular piano dep with the Band for many years and we're always pleased when we can persuade Alana along with him to sing a few numbers.

Ron tunes and services Pianos and also publishes the Pete Smith's Pocket Changes and Pocket Trad  Chord Books, essential items for all Jazzers.  www.ronbirdmusicservices.com



Solo Trumpeter up to 10 piece Brass Ensemble.  Ideal for wedding ceremonies and receptions.


Here on the Costa Blanca we have a group of old farts who attempt to play
New Orleans style music under the name 'the JUBILEE Jazz Band'.
Our banjo player is an ex-East Anglian named Ted Brown, who, it is
rumoured, spent some time driving people mad on the Isle of Widget; we're
not sure whether it was in the Unitarian Church or with a band that has a
similar sort of name...


 Trumpet: Eric Atkins;  Trombone: Patrick Clancy; Reeds: Albie Hilton; Bass
Guitar: Eddie Rogers; Drums;John Westwood; Banjo; Ted Brown.