A GIG at the Lawrence Batley Theatre tomorrow spotlights the talent of a young musician who at 13 is already creating quite a stir on the jazz scene.
Andreas Varady has been playing the guitar since he was four years old.
He has recently made history as the youngest ever headliner at London’s legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.
In Huddersfield, he will play alongside his dad, Baradi, who taught him guitar.
Andreas’s first taste of the musician’s life was busking on the streets of Limerick and Cork, Ireland.
In Ireland he went to jazz workshops in Limerick and Sligo, and thanks to a scholarship from the combined Arts Councils of Ireland, was able to study at the Skidmore Jazz Institute in New York.
Andreas says he was inspired by musicians Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and George Benson.
When he was 12, Andreas reached a national audience on The Guitar, a competition run by RTE, Ireland’s national TV and radio broadcaster.
And it was around the same time that he wrote to Irish drumming star David Lyttle, introducing himself.
Lyttle quickly began featuring him in his group. Soon the teenager was featuring alongside international players such as Andreas Oberg, Torsten Goods, Soweto Kinch, Terell Stafford and Michael Janisch.
Tomorrow, Andreas is at the LBT with the Andreas Varady Quartet as part of the Huddersfield Jazz Quartet.
Its musicians include Bandi Varady (guitar), Michael Janisch (bass) and David Lyttle on drums.
It’s a chance to see a group of fine jazz players with the remarkable talent of a teenage guitarist at its heart.
The music starts at 8pm in the theatre’s Syngenta Cellar space. Tickets from the box office on 01484 430528.