Jazz fans will be delighted to hear that Huddersfield Jazz is back with a new season.
The group has long brought top notch performers to the town and this season is set to be no different.
The first gig is next weekend at the Lawrence Batley Theatre which has long been home for Huddersfield Jazz.
There are three gigs in the diary there throughout the autumn with a fourth just along the road at the Keys restaurant in Byram Street, Huddersfield.
But first in, giving the season a powerful, high profile start, is the saxophonist Alan Barnes.
Alan plays the LBT on Saturday September 14 with the Andy Cholerton Trio.
It’s a choice that will go down well with Huddersfield Jazz regulars as Alan is making a welcome return to the season.
He was last in town in spring 2012 when he shared the stage with long time collaborator, the pianist David Newton. Their musical association goes back to their college days and the two have been performing and recording together for more than 33 years.
Alan has long been a favourite with Huddersfield Jazz audiences and his many visits have included featuring with blistering be-bop trumpeter Bruce Adams, with whom he has co-led a quintet since the early nineties.
For next weekend’s gig, this top saxophonist teams up with another pianist, Wakefield’s Andy Cholerton.
Alan is a multi-award-winning artist who has dominated the saxophone and clarinet section of the British jazz awards throughout the years including winning the BBC Jazz Awards for Best Instrumentalist in 2001 and 2006.
He was born in Altrincham and took up the clarinet when he was 12 and three years later, the alto sax.
Alan studied saxophone, clarinet, flute and arranging at Leeds College of Music.
He moved to London playing with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra for a number of years before joining the hard bop band of Tommy Chase where he attracted considerable attention on the UK jazz scene.
Alan has recorded and toured with band leaders Humphrey Lyttelton, Stan Tracey and John Dankworth.
He has appeared as a session musician on albums by Bjork, Bryan Ferry, Clare Teal, Jamie Cullum and Westlife, and as part of the Laurie Holloway orchestra on Strictly Come Dancing and the Parkinson Show.
His gig at the LBT starts at 8pm and tickets are available on 01484 430528.
The next Huddersfield Jazz gig is on October 26 with the Jonathan Gee Trio. More on that later.