THERE is a treat in store for jazz fans next weekend with the arrival in town of critically acclaimed saxophonist and composer Frøy Aagre.
She will play the Lawrence Batley Theatre on Saturday, November 10 in the company of pianist Andreas Ulvo.
The concert marks her debut in Huddersfield and is a great coup for Huddersfield Jazz, particularly since this group of jazz devotees has struggled for survival over the last year.
The group has championed jazz gigs in the town since the late 80s. Late last season, there were fears about its future after it failed to get vital arts funding.
But determined to continue bringing top class jazz to Huddersfield, they battled on and emerged at the start of this season with a series of four super gigs for the autumn.
Next Saturday’s gig is the third of the series and Huddersfield Jazz is delighted to have been able to bring Frøy Aagre to the LBT.
She is known for her powerful compositions and individual style of lyrical Nordic jazz.
Her distinctive quality lies in blurring the boundaries between the written and the improvised.
Frøy’s themes and phrases often evoke Bach in their enticing lyricism, while their execution and delivery echoes Wayne Shorter at his most playful.
Thanks to sell-out performances at the London Jazz Festival and the legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott’s, plus collaborations with trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, and many international tours, her reputation on the world stage is growing fast.
Frøy will be appearing in Huddersfield with Andreas Ulvo, who has been in her quartet for seven years. He is regarded as one of the most talented young piano players in Norway, working with musicians such as Mathias Eick, Karl Seglem and Solveig Slettahjell.
The two musicians have developed an extraordinary musical interaction, playing off one other and, above all, serving the songs.
Don’t miss what should be quite a concert. The music starts at 8pm.
The box office is on 01484 430528 or you can book online at www.thelbt.org