Young­sters wanted to get into jazz

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By TERESA HAT­TAN

Young jazz mu­si­cians are needed to set up a youth jazz band in Mata­mata.

The new band is be­ing spear­headed by lo­cal busi­ness­man Leo Kingston and his son Ben, 16.

The pair are on the look­out for those un­der-25 who are in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved in a youth jazz band.

Leo said the idea be­hind the idea to set up a youth band was the fact he wanted to cel­e­brate the tal­ented young mu­si­cians in Mata­mata and the sur­round­ing area.

The band will need peo­ple who can play a brass or wood­wind in­stru­ment like a sax­o­phone or a trum­pet. It will also need a drum­mer, a base player and vo­cal­ists.

Ba­si­cally, Leo said, if you think you would have fun in a jazz band, you need to get in touch. Band prac­tice will be held at least once a week.

He hoped there were other young peo­ple like his son that had a pas­sion and tal­ent with jazz mu­sic.

‘‘Hope­fully they will be able to grow their skills but also grow the mu­sic and arts in Mata­mata for young peo­ple and fam­i­lies.’’

Leo feels Mata­mata would be quite re­cep­tive to a youth jazz band.

‘‘We’ve got a brass band and there’s a jazz band at the col­lege.’’

But he said it would be great to have some­thing out­side of that, a so­cial band that can play at dif­fer­ent events around Mata­mata.

‘‘The image for me was sit­ting down on a Sun­day af­ter­noon on a summer’s day, lis­ten­ing to mu­sic and hav­ing a wine and catch­ing up with friends.’’

Leo said it was neat to have his son in­ter­ested in jazz like he is.

‘‘I play the guitar by ear but I’m not very good at it,’’ he said.

The pair used to jam a lot but Leo said Ben had got too good for him now, ‘‘so we don’t jam as much as we used to’’.

But he said it was still great to be in­volved in mu­sic to­gether.

Leo felt it was im­por­tant for mu­si­cians to be able to im­pro­vise.

‘‘I be­lieve Ben’s got a nat­u­ral tal­ent. He has an ear for mu­sic and he can read mu­sic and he can im­pro­vise. That’s a pretty spe­cial tal­ent for any­one to have,a pretty cool thing to do.’’

Ben, who plays key­board and the tenor sax­o­phone, said he hopes he will be able to share his skills with other young mu­si­cians in Mata­mata.

To reg­is­ter in­ter­est in the band, get in touch with Leo at Colour­plus on 888 8119 or pop in to the store on Arawa St. Au­di­tions may fol­low.

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