Marsden Jazz Festival will be put in the BBC spotlight this Easter.

BBC Radio 3 will place the celebrated event on the map when it broadcasts a specially-commissioned festival piece, which was created and realised by Dewsbury musician, Simon Fell.

Due to be broadcast at 11pm on April 6 on the station’s Jazz on 3 programme, it will play his avant-gard New Orleans-style composition The Ragging of Time, which was performed at the Marsden Royal British Legion on October 11 last year.

The concert was commissioned in partnership with Arts Council England as part of the festival’s New Stream series of gigs, which support up-and-coming and experimental jazz artists.

Last year’s event saw thousands of people attend over 70 gigs take place at 24 venues, including pubs, clubs and cafes.

John Quail, Chair of the Marsden Jazz Festival, said:“We were delighted we were able to persuade Simon to compose a piece for the festival and it was definitely my highlight of the weekend.

“We asked him to make New Orleans jazz dangerous – the soundtrack of modernity – and that’s exactly what he did.

“It was a fantastic experience for everyone at the gig and now people will be able to find out what they missed thanks to the BBC Radio 3 broadcast.

“It’s always a brilliant atmosphere during the festival weekend, and Simon added to that last year.

“The village buzzes with the sound of jazz from the historic Mechanics Hall to outdoor venues like the Marquee on the Bridge and intimate pubs and clubs like the Marsden Royal British Legion.”

It is the latest BBC accolade for Simon, who has played at many festivals nationwide and internationally and whose music has been broadcast around the world.

He added: “I relish the possibility that each new commission gives me with the possibility to explore a new and somewhat different area, rather than just being a way of doing what I might be doing anyway.

“The Ragging of Time reflects the fact that ‘ragging’ the time is what has made possible, in one way or another, just about all the music of the 20th century that interests me.

“The piece is a kind of bridge, or better still, a Time Tunnel which allows the musicians to slip backwards and forwards over the decades within a split second. But, as with any music involving improvised elements, we are also inescapably and intrinsically of the Now.”

The 2015 Marsden Jazz Festival will be held between October 9 and 11 and the headline acts will be announced later this Spring, along with tickets on .