The sound of sax will fill the Colne Valley this autumn when this year’s Marsden Jazz Festival trumpets its return.
Big names and the genre’s next Dizzy Gillespies will take over pubs, clubs and parks in the village to get visitors dancing in the streets.
Dozens of gigs have already gone on sale for the three day event, which will take place from October 10 to 12 and this time it promises to be even bigger and better than preceding events.
Jazz comedy legend Bob Kerr will get everyone into the party spirit when he and his whoopie band take to the stage at Mechanics Hall.
Meanwhile London’s unmissable live act, Troyka, will mash up jazz, rock and dance the night after, alongside performances from Partisans and 1940s swing skylarks, The Sugar Sisters.
A wealth of local talent will also be showcased throughout the weekend, such as the effervescent String Fellows, which includes Andy Spearpoint, Marsden resident and former lead singer of Madchester group, New Fast Automatic Daffodils, Greenhead College Big Band and The Jazz Turnips.
And audience members dreaming of future stardom will be put on their way to success thanks to a composition workshop led by Mercury Music Award nominee, Kit Downes and a street music collaborative session.
One of the organisers, said: “We think this year’s programme is great and have a lot of varied gigs lined up, which means that some difficult choices will have to be made.”
They are now looking to recruit a dedicated band of music loving volunteers to help the event run smoothly.
To buy tickets or to help out, go to: www.marsdenjazzfestival.com