LEDBURY Fringe is set to make itself heard loud and clear, with the big band known as Crescendo.

Jazz musicians will be setting toes tapping at Ledbury Rugby Club, this weekend.

The Fringe is new this year, running parallel to the famous Ledbury Poetry Festival, and this will be the Fringe's headline event.

A spokesman said: "This is not to be missed! Crescendo is a sizzling 17 piece big band playing the best of jazz and swing from Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Count Basie right through to some of the very best new arrangements of modern big band jazz

"Formed in 1981 as a rehearsal band, the original musicians were guided by Trevor Emeny, an established and highly experienced saxophonist with an enviable reputation and a following as a jazz soloist throughout the Midlands."

The spokesman added: "When Trevor stepped down Paul Buck stepped in, a skilled music composer and arranger, Paul has written unique music charts especially for the Crescendo Band to play. Paul handed on the leadership to Tony Sheppard in June 2008 but still continues his connection with the band by providing further exciting material for the band to play and occasionally performing with the band on keyboards when he is available.

"From the very beginning, Bob Lee has been band manager and presenter. His depth of knowledge about jazz, and big band music in particular, together with his expertise as a radio presenter makes every Crescendo Band performance a great experience for the audience.If you love your jazz or have never seen a big band live, prepare to be blown away."

The date for the diary is Saturday, July 8, from 7.30pm.

Tickets at www.ticketsource/ledburyfringe or can be purchased on the door.