Young musicians are being called on to keep the town’s jazz scene alive by sharing their skills at a new club.
The club – the only one in town – will open at The Apple Tree pub, West Green Drive, on April 8 and will be home to the band Jazz Music.
Jazz in Crawley has been largely seen as the music of the older generation – some members of the New City Jazzmen are galloping towards their 80s – and Jazz Music manager Janet Francis, 68, felt the club offered the chance for new blood to be pumped into the scene before it was too late.
She said: “All of the guys are getting older and once they’ve gone there’s not that many people who will take their place.
“If there are any young jazz musicians around that’s why they can come and sit in with the experienced musicians and we will encourage them.”
There will be ample experience for the town’s young musicians to draw from – the band’s leader, George Paterson, is 80 years old.
“If there are any young jazz musicians around that’s why they can come and sit in with the experienced musicians and we will encourage them.”Janet Francis
George has been playing the trumpet since he was four, learning to play while the likes of the legendary Benny Goodman and the Duke Ellington Band were making it big.
As well as attracting young people who already have a love of jazz, Janet, of Southgate, hoped the club would find some new converts.
She said: “So often we’ve found that those who say they don’t like jazz like the sort of material we perform especially numbers with vocals.”
The club will run from 8pm to 11pm every second Wednesday of the month.