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Jazz band wins slot at Oxford Jazz Festival

Image caption The Oxfordshire Jazz Collective won 2011's Jazz Factor

A group of teenagers from Oxfordshire are celebrating their spot on the bill at this year's Oxford Jazz Festival after winning a competition for local bands.

The Oxfordshire Jazz Collective beat nearly 20 other groups from the county in Jazz Factor last month.

Their prize was a slot on Thursday, the first day of the four-day event.

Trumpeter David Hepworth, 18, said it was a brilliant opportunity for the band.

The Oxford Jazz Festival has been running for three years and 2011 will feature more venues than ever before.

The theme of this year's festival is Celebrating British Jazz, and a style that became popular after the end of World War I.

Jazz Jams

Among the performers taking part are Oxford graduate Soweto Kinch, who will play at Town Hall, while The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band from Oxford are appearing at the Jericho Tavern.

Mr Hepworth said he was especially interesting in the Jazz Jams each evening at The Big Bang venue because it will be open to all musicians wishing to take part.

His music teacher Chuck Lloyd said: "That's where jazz just blossoms because you can't put it on a record, you can't contain the energy."

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