AJ’s charity boost

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A TOP up-and-coming jazz musician has teamed up with a Wigan charity to release a Christmas single.

Former Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra performer AJ Brown has joined forces with the town’s Rotary Club to produce Wrapped Up in order to raise money for the Polio Plus Fund.

Vocalist, saxophonist and songwriter AJ hopes offering the self-composed piece for a charity release will bring in around £10,000 to help raise awareness of the condition through the charity’s End Polio, Now campaign.

AJ, who is managed by Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra musical director Ian Darrington, has already earned plaudits from the world of music and become one of the UK’s most in-demand young acts, gaining five-star reviews for his debut album On Song.

Born in Halifax, he began his musical adventure with the Calderdale Youth Big Band before joining the Wigan ensemble and studying at Leeds College of Music.

His musical style is based on classic jazz artists and crooners such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole and Dean Martin, with further influences from the likes of Stevie Wonder and modern-day artists such as Michael Buble, to whom he has sometimes been compared.

Wrapped Up is available online through Amazon and iTunes, and can be ordered in both download and CD format. For more information about AJ’s music, visit www.aj-brown.co.uk