Festival Director Barney Stevenson receiving the award
Norvol jazz members Marsden Jazz Festival have been named Yorkshire’s ‘Outstanding Established Festival’ at the Yorkshire Gig Guide Grassroots Awards 2015 in Whitby.
Festival Producer Barney Stevenson said:
“We’ve had loads people saying this year’s festival was the best yet so it’s been absolutely fantastic to win the Yorkshire Gig Guide Grassroots award on top of that.
“I think what makes the Marsden Jazz Festival such a great experience is that there’s so much variety. It doesn’t matter if you’re a die-hard jazz fan or are just looking for a fun day out with your family – we’ve got something for everyone.
“Many of the headline gigs at the festival sold out this year and the free gigs in the pubs, clubs and cafes had a fantastic atmosphere. We also had over ten hours of live music performed by local youth groups in the bandstand in Marsden Park, and the Saturday parade was a real spectacle.
“I think it’s that great mix of events that impresses people when they visit the festival and obviously impressed the judges as well. Hopefully we’ll be able to put on something even better for our 25th festival.”
Over 130 hours of live music was heard at 26 venues in Marsden between Friday 9 and Sunday 11 October, including performances by legendary saxophonist Jean Toussaint, New Orleans-based clarinettist Evan Christopher, and ‘Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year’ Arun Ghosh.
The festival, which is supported by Kirklees Council and Arts Council England, will celebrate its 25th year in 2016 and beat competition from Bingley Music Live, The Willowman Festival, Whitby’s Musicport and Bradford Pride to win the Grassroots award.