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Ruby Anstee – Editor
Stuart Littleford – Reporter
Allan Roach – Reporter
George Wilson – Reporter and IT
Judith Grinter – Reporter

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Jazzing up their daily commute…

Reporter : Judith Grinter Unsuspecting commuters were treated to two early-morning jazz gigs at Huddersfield railway station this morning.

The Jeremy Platt Trio will perform at the station using a piano which has been donated to the station for passengers to play while they wait for their trains.

The 20-piece Greenhead College Big Band will then took over helping to lift commuters’ spirits on their way into work.

The gigs launch this year’s Marsden Jazz Festival which will see […]

Marsden to go car free for jazz festival

Peel Street Parade – photo: Chris Turner

Marsden’s high street will close to traffic during this weekend’s jazz festival to allow performances to take place on three outdoor stages.

Over 130 hours of live music is taking place in the Pennine village this weekend at 26 venues, including over 70 free events.

The festival organisers have got permission to close a stretch of Peel Street between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 10 October, allowing the return […]

A kazoo chorus is coming to Marsden

Young people and families taking part in Marsden Jazz Festival Street Music Parade 2014 – photo Elizabeth Baker.

Marsden will soon be buzzing with the sound of kazoos with four kazoo workshops taking place in the village over the next two weekends.

Music fans of all ages are being encouraged to attend one of the free workshops to make a flamboyant kazoo and then join in the Marsden Jazz Festival street parade at midday on Saturday 10 October.

Artists […]

Marsden Jazz Festival première to get national BBC broadcast

Simon Fell and his performance with the Simon Fell Sextet at last year’s Marsden Jazz Festival – photo Peter Woodman

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A recording of a high profile performance at last year’s Marsden Jazz Festival will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 over the Easter weekend.

The festival commissioned Dewsbury-born musician Simon Fell to write and perform a new composition for a specially-assembled sextet, which was performed at the […]

Marsden Jazz Festival tickets now on sale

Antonio Forcione Trio

Tickets are now on sale for the 22nd annual Marsden Jazz Festival. The headline programme has something for everyone, from the sophisticated swing of The Pasadena Roof Orchestra to brand new music for jazz synthesiser written specially for the festival by Matthew Bourne.

There is a strong international flavour to the headline festival programme this year. Saturday’s programme at Marsden Mechanics Hall begins with Mick Coady’s Synergy featuring David Binney, a quintet led by […]

Village Charm for International Jazz Artists

Every year, throughout the second weekend in October, the sleepy Pennine village of Marsden plays host to around 8,000 jazz fans, who enjoy a varied programme of music and other events.

2012 is no exception, and from Friday 12th October to Sunday 14th October almost 80 events are scheduled for 48 hours across the weekend, with music being played in every conceivable space.

This year, the festival headliners include King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys, Dennis Rollins, Barb Jungr, Gilad […]

Marsden Jazz Festival This Weekend

One of the highlights of the local cultural calendar takes place this weekend. It’s the Marsden Jazz Festival, which is marking its 20th year.

More than 70 events will take place in and around the village across Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with 7,000 visitors expected to see something of the festival. Gigs are scheduled for venues large and small, ranging from the Mechanics Institute to street performances.

Among the main attractions this year will be established jazz performers including […]