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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Excitement growing at Marsden!

Bob Kerr's Whoopie Band

Barney Stephenson from Marsden Jazz Festival writes:

The 22nd annual Marsden Jazz Festival runs from Friday 10th to Sunday 12 October. With over seventy events, including around fifty free gigs, Marsden Jazz Festival has the largest programme of any northern jazz festival. Two world premieres, a BBC Young Jazz Musician Award winner and Sir Terry Wogan’s Favourites

The 2014 festival features two world premieres of music commissioned by Marsden Jazz Festival. I Have a Duck Who Can Roar (Saturday 11 October 12pm and 2pm) is a story set to music for jazz septet suitable for all ages, written and composed by Chris Bridges and illustrated by Ann Gilligan. Revolutionary Traditional (Saturday 11 October 6pm) is inspired by early 20th century ragtime and jazz, by Dewsbury-born composer Simon Fell and features a top-notch sextet, including Percy Pursglove (tpt) Alex Ward (clt) Shabaka Hutchings (bass clt) Richard Comte (gtr) Paul Hession (dms) Simon Fell (dbass).

Topping the festival’s popular headline bill on Friday 10th October is Bob Kerr’s Whoopie Band, playing trad jazz with a surrealist twist. Saturday 11th October sees The Sugar Sisters perform, whose sophisticated vocal harmonies and ukulele accompanied arrangements of 1940’s swing have made them a favourite of Sir Terry Wogan and BBC Children in Need. The Sugar Sisters features Huddersfield-born singer Ruby Wood. The festival closes on Sunday 12 October with top class big band jazz from Doncaster Jazz Orchestra Alumni featuring trombone supremo Dennis Rollins.

The festival's established New Stream features cutting edge jazz and rising stars. This year, Marsden Jazz Festival New Stream includes a performance by Jam Experiment, winners of the 2014 "Jazz North Introduces" scheme for young musicians. Jam Experiment includes alto sax player Alex Bone, who won the first ever BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award this year, amongst its quintet of highly talented teenage musicians.

The gigs!

Full rundown of headline gigs as follows

Friday 10 October
Bob Kerr's Whoopie Band
Threeway with special guest Lewis Wright

Saturday 11 October
I Have a Duck Who Can Roar - world premiere
Jam Experiment (New Stream)
Michelson Morley (New Stream)
Let Spin (New Stream)
Simon Fell Sextet - Revolutionary Traditional (New Stream) - world premiere
The Sugar Sisters
Louise Gibbs' Seven Deadly Sings (New Stream)
Bugalu Foundation

Sunday 12 October
Doncaster Jazz Orchestra Alumni featuring Dennis Rollins

The tickets!

Tickets available from and 0845 519 4415.

*4 for 3 ticket offer
Book tickets for four different gigs, we will give you the lowest value ticket(s) of the four free of charge. Tickets must be bought in a single transaction. Please ring the box office on 0845 519 4415 (10am-4pm Monday-Friday) to redeem this offer – it is not available online

The picturesque South Pennine village of Marsden is halfway between Leeds and Manchester and has good transport links by road and rail. Marsden Jazz Festival is supported by Arts Council England and Kirklees Council.

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