Young­sters get in groove for school’s jazz night

Macclesfield Express - - LISTINGS -

AN AU­DI­ENCE were asked to put their jazz hands to­gether for The King’s School mu­si­cians as they trans­formed the school’s main hall into an au­then­tic jazz club.

Around 40 mem­bers of King’s two big bands per­formed a pro­gramme of cool cabaret clas­sics and con­tem­po­rary jazz pieces at the event on Wed­nes­day May 6.

Jazz Band mae­stro Kevin Dear­den said: “Kids like to play any­thing that has a groove and are not as blink­ered by mod­ern styles as many may think.

“This mu­sic has feel, soul, groove, pas­sion and there­fore en­gages the kids su­perbly.

“It also al­lows them to de­velop their read­ing and en­sem­ble skills, which are taught as part of their in­stru­men­tal lessons.”

Tra­di­tional seat rows were aban­doned and a col­lec­tion of ta­bles set out across the hall for the event, which was fully li­censed for par­ents’ en­joy­ment.

The show was the lat­est in the school’s ini­tia­tive to bring top clas­si­cal and popular mu­si­cians to the town af­ter host­ing the likes of lead­ing jazz pi­anist Ju­lian Joseph and fa­mous jazz pi­anist and com­poser Stan Tracey. It was held in Cum­ber­land Street main hall and all were wel­come.

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