ALL that jazz came to a Huddersfield school.
Musicians lining up for thisweekend’s Marsden Jazz Festival entertained pupils at Colne Valley Specialist Arts College as part of an ambitious scheme to bring the genre to young people.
The pupils were treated to a concert by four of the top names in jazz music, thanks to a partnership between Marsden Jazz Festival and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, supported by the National Youth Jazz Collective.
It gave young people the chance to learn more about jazz music as audiences and as musicians.
Katy Field, head of music, said: “Colne Valley Specialist Arts College was delighted to be playing host to some of the finest names in jazz.
“Not only will the event cover many aspects of the new national curriculum for music, it will give pupils a chance to see that music is a real career path, happening right outside their door.”
Renowned guitarist Mike Walker played alongside saxophonist Iain Dixon. Both are headlining at the festival.
Joining them was one of the UK’s most in-demand double bass players, Mark Hodgson and drummer, Andrew Bain.
Festival co-ordinator Taru Sinclair said: “Jazz music is under-represented in how we teach young people about music and it’s such a great way to introduce them to improvising and playing as an ensemble.”
A spokesman for the festival organisers said: “We are thrilled to welcome people to a packed programme for the eighteenth annual Marsden Jazz Festival.
“We have hand-picked a fine selection of music from right across the spectrum of jazz for new and seasoned jazz fans alike.
“This year’s programme is bulging with new bands and sounds alongside firm festival favourites.”
New to the Jazz Festival this year are events especially for young people and family audiences at the Standedge Tunnel Visitor centre.
There are hands-on activities, music workshops and interactive performances to introduce jazz to young audiences.
There is also a musical puppet show, a one-man-band, and the Jazz Boat, complete with The Krape Twins on board to take visitors from Marsden Station up to the Visitor’s Centre.
As in previous years, the majority of gigs at Marsden Jazz Festival free of charge.