Youngsters get in groove for school’s jazz night
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.