The team at the Isle of Wight’s Monkton Arts is inviting us to “step into the timeless melodies of Django Reinhart,” as part of the new Ryde Gypsy Jazz Festival, between May 13 and19.

Jazz musicians from around the world will perform in venues across the town, including a headline concert at All Saints Church, with the London Django Collective.

The group is made up of leading musicians from London, who have previously performed sold-out shows at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club and the Pizza Express Jazz Club. 

Appearing with them will be guitarist and festival organiser Sol Grimshaw, who became 'obsessed' with the music of the legendary jazz guitar player, Django Reinhart, aged just 10 years old.

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Other performers will include Olivia Cure, the Harry Diplock Trio and Matt Holborn, all of whom will perform at Monkton Arts, on East Street.

A performance by the Isle of Wight Django Cafe All-Stars, featuring Jon Thorne, JC Grimshaw, Hugo Boswell, Sol Grimshaw and award-winning clarinettist Gustavo, has already sold out.

Sol said: “The Ryde Gypsy Jazz Festival is going to be one big party! 

“It feels amazing that some of the best international players are coming to the Island to perform. 

“The whole festival offers so much amazing music from the vibrant Isle of Wight scene, and none of this would have been possible without the incredible Monkton Arts team, whose commitment and dedication is amazing!”