Student hooked on beat of jazz

THE first time 12year-old Josh Grant ever heard jazz played live an indescribable feeling came over him.

"I just loved the way it made me feel. I don't know why. I loved the way it was pieced together as it went along, and the beat of it," he said.

The St Josephs Primary School South Murwillumbah student had attended a jazz workshop for school students by the Tweed Valley Jazz Club when he first heard the intoxicating music.

Weeks later he picked up the clarinet and yesterday returned to the annual workshops to show the club how far he has progressed in the two years since.

"When I went to the first workshop I played the recorder but was not serious. Then I heard the clarinet and thought it sounded so good and started lessons with that," he said.

"That was two years ago and now I am learning the tenor saxophone."

Since the inspiring performance Josh has become a massive jazz fan, with dreams of becoming a professional musician.

"I am also doing some theory so that I can become a music teacher," he said.

"I practise just about every day for an hour. My mum is proud but she doesn't like all the noise sometimes."

More than 300 primary school students got a similar introduction to jazz yesterday at another jazz club workshop at the Condong Bowls Club.

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