GET OUT the diaries and start planning now. The organisers of Marden Jazz Festival have announced the headliners for this year’s event which gets underway in October.
Booking for the 48 hour festival, the biggest jazz event in the area, started this week.
Every year the Pennine village of Marsden plays host to around 8,000 jazz fans.
This autumn, the festival will feature almost 80 events using every possible venue in the village ranging from the Mechanics hall to the railway station, pubs and clubs, the village streets and a marquee.
Festival headliners include King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys who play the Mechanics on the festival’s opening night on October 12.
Who better to get the party going than these Kings of Swing? The band has been on the road for two decades playing every European country, the USA and Russia. It is renowned for its dazzling musicianship and riveting stage performances.
Trombonist Dennis Rollins returns to the festival, this time with the Velocity Trio.
For 25 years Dennis has played at the forefront of the UK jazz, funk and pop scenes. Here, he will play alongside Hammond organ virtuoso Ross Stanley and fiery drummer Pedro Segundo.
English singer Barb Jungr is regarded by some critics as the foremost interpreter of Bob Dylan’s back catalogue and in a festival concert you will be able to judge her terrific talent for jazz cabaret singing.
Other festival headliners include Gilad Atzmon, Julian Siegel, Kairos 4tet, Riot Jazz and many more.
One of the highlights of the festival will be a commissioned piece which will see an international collaboration of artists working in different art forms.
German multi-instrumentalist, Martin Kälberer is one of the world’s few virtuosic players of the “hang”; a tuned percussion instrument from Switzerland.
He’ll be collaborating with Yorkshire-based musician James Squire on “Mills and Moors,” a piece inspired by the industrial heritage and geographical beauty of the area surrounding Marsden.
Joining Kälberer and Squire will be visual artist, Rachel Ellis, film maker Peter Schmidbauer and photographer Till Jenninger.
The piece will be given its world premiere on October 20 in the imposing mill in the centre of the village.
This year’s festival also features the ground-breaking “New Stream,” a programme of young, up-and-coming and cutting edge musicians.
The line-up includes Shabaka Hutchings, Chris Sharkey, Roller Trio, Tom Challenger’s Ma Trio, and Collider.
Tickets for the New Stream are heavily subsidised by the festival to support these emerging projects and to encourage audiences to try something new.
Over the years the New Stream has grown in its importance and influence and these gigs regularly sell out.
Marsden Jazz Festival is not all about serious music for the jazz fans though, as fans well know, one of the major draws of the festival is the variety and breadth of the free gigs on offer.
This year, the festival will promote more than 50 free events in every space imaginable.
Those free gigs include the wonderful jazz/funk/latin influenced Bugalo Foundation (with members of the Haggis Horns), ace guitarist Stevie Williams, and contemporary New Orleans sounds from the New York Brass Band.
Tickets went on sale earlier this week and since even the biggest festival space has just 200 seats, early booking is advisable.
The festival opens on Friday October 12 and by Sunday night, Marsden will have hosted around 80 events in every space you could think of. It’s a real music treat.
For details of the programme, go to the festival website at www.marsdenjazzfestival.com