The Isle of Wight’s Youth Jazz Orchestra will take to the stage to perform a variety of music from across the world tonight (Friday).

Listen: Isle of Wight Radio’s Oliver Dyer caught up with Island’s young jazz stars. 

The band play a mix of traditional big band Jazz to Jazz from South America and Africa and are made up of young instrumentalists between the ages of 12 to 25.

It started just over a year ago and, according to its treasurer, has gone from strength to strength since.

Jacquie Tarry said:

“It’s the main Jazz orchestra [on the Island]. A lot of the people in this band also belong to lots of other orchestras as well. They’re just keen musicians.

“It really gives them a different genre to play and it’s really quite challenging.

“I think some of them have played with adult bands and say that this is harder so they’re pushed to their limit but they rise to it and they love it.”

One of the members, Dominic Jones, plays alto saxophone in the band.

He says it is a great way for the Island’s youngsters to showcase their musical talent:

“It came across as an idea a couple of years ago to bring some of the youth players from across the Island together.

“I thought it was fantastic and decided as a fellow youth I would come and join in and it’s fantastic cause it’s a community aspect as well.”

The next big gig is this evening at the Quay Arts Centre in Newport.

It will get underway from 7.30pm.