This is the third annual Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Festival and this year is going to prove to be bigger and better. Held at the Rat and Ratchet, the festival is a celebration of jazz guitar in all its many forms, from gypsy jazz, funk, fusion and mainstream there will be something for everyone.
The festival is held over three days although there are some fringe events held around Huddersfield on the run up to the festival. Alan Barnes is joining the Charlie Christian Collective at the Head of Steam on Wednesday 19th July.
The festival a proper begins on Friday 21st July with the ever popular Gypsy Jazz Night. The Saturday and Sunday are packed with free concerts during the day, workshops, jam sessions and competitions. Saturday evening sees two of the counties leading players, Cameron Pierre and Femi Temowo who bring their unique and brilliant blend of jazz guitar to an evening we’ve called Jazz, Roots and Beyond. Sunday is dedicated more towards funk and fusion with the amazing Tom Quayle running a workshop and concert during the day and Adrian Ingram’s Cookbook and Dennis Rollins and Johnny Heyes bringing a blend of funk and groove based music to the evening. All this and some wonderful beer brewed on the premises at the Rat, whats not to like.
Here are some pictures from last year’s festival.
Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Society
￼￼Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Society (HJGS) consists of a wide variety of jazz guitar enthusiasts. They follow, support, learn about and, perhaps more importantly, have the opportunity to actually play the music that they love. Playing ability varies, from the novice to full professional, and performance opportunities range from solo to duos, and larger groups. HJGS also stages occasional workshops by its professional members, and visiting artists such as Howard Alden (USA), Nigel Price, John Etheridge, Nick Meier and Adrian Ingram.
Regular projects, such as specific composers’ nights, solo guitar nights, accompaniment, improvisation etc. are features of many meetings, (HJGS has booked saxophone and bass players especially for these projects) and the society also funds frequent concerts by top players.
HJGS meets on the first Tuesday of each month, with current membership costs of £20 per year (full membership) or £3 per visit.
Membership is non-selective and open to all, players and non-players alike, regardless of musical experience or performing ability. Participation is not expected, but you’ll find it much more fun if you do, and you’ll get great support from everyone there.
An event like this cannot take place without a lot of help from a great many people. We would like to thank you all for your help and advice.
In particular: our sponsors who have donated the fabulous raffle prizes:
Michael Rath – Sponsor of Dennis Rollins/Johnny Heyes event
Tom James – Guitar
Hayden Minett – Bulldog pickups
Mike Gellar – Mike’s Master Class.
￼Mambo Amps – Amplifiers for the event
Web designer Tony Otyehel – Visutech Design Ltd
The manager and staff of our venue – The Rat and Ratchet.
The Huddersfield Examiner.
Our many helpers and stewards.
The members and supporters of HJGS, whose enthusiasm keeps it going.
The HJGS Committee