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Thousands of music fans descended on Marsden at the weekend to take part in the north’s biggest jazz festival.

The sound of trumpets, saxophones and horns filled the air as the village played host to around 600 musicians.

Organisers estimate that up to 8,000 jazz enthusiasts attended this year’s event.

And the particularly vibrant atmosphere was helped by the mild weather, which led to more people enjoying the outdoor events than usual.

One of the organisers, Barney Stevenson, said: “The fine weather has made all the difference.

“A significant number of our events are outside and if it’s raining it spoils the ambience.

“But this year the village was absolutely buzzing.

“The streets were rammed, especially for the parade, and the pubs and clubs were full all weekend for all the gigs.”

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Music filled 24 venues in the village over the three-day event.

The fun kicked off on Friday with a performance headlined by Bob Kerr’s Whoopie Band.

Virtually sold-out gigs over the weekend included Simon Fell’s The Ragging of Time, which was specially commissioned for Marsden Jazz Festival and recorded for BBC Radio 3.

Another electric performance was given by the Sugar Sisters, a trio of close harmony female vocalists.

Entertainment on the streets of the village was provided by school music centre and college big bands performing on two outdoor stages.

The centrepiece of the festival’s outdoor programme was always popular street parade.

Crowds lined the street for the Marsden Jazz Festival parade
Crowds lined the street for the Marsden Jazz Festival parade
 

This year it was led by Tongues of Fire, a mysterious mobile musical sculpture called the Hurly Burly and the Huffin’ Puffin and Bashin’ Band – a community band with crazy noisy costumes.

The pub and club programme was larger than ever, with more than 30 free gigs.

These featured a variety of music styles, from traditional New Orleans jazz, jive and swing, to fusion, electronic, blues and dirty funk.

Mr Stevenson said: “There’s been a real buzz this year, it has been an extremely well-received festival.

“We always try more and more to commission new stuff so it’s being premiered at the festival.

“The majority of our audience, three-quarters, come from within 30 miles but a significant number of people come from all over the country and internationally.

“It’s the variety of music. We have an incredible breadth of stuff in our programme and quality of gigs.

“There’s also a very nice, safe, family friendly and happy atmosphere.”