FESTIVAL NEWS: Full line-up unveiled for Marsden Jazz Festival 2017

A performance inside Britain’s longest canal tunnel and a gig featuring a Mercury Prize nominee are among the highlights at this year’s Marsden Jazz Festival.

Dani Sicari and The Easy Rollers

The full line-up for this year’s festival has now been unveiled and it includes more than 150 hours of live music at 24 venues during one weekend, including more than 70 free gigs. The 26th Marsden Jazz Festival, which is being supported by Arts Council England, Kirklees Council, Charlesworth Estates and Yorkshire Water, will take place between Friday 6th and Sunday 8th October.

A unique gig – Sonic Transportation – will see festival goers transported into Standedge canal tunnel by boat where they will hear Norwegian cellist and composer Maja Bugge create music inspired by the three-mile long 19th century structure.

The one-off performance, which is expected to sell out, is being co-promoted by Jazz North with the support of the Canal and River Trust.

Maja Bugge

Other highlights during this year’s festival will include a gig by Mercury Prize 2017 nominee Dinosaur, a world premier from Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year Arun Ghosh, and a performance by three world-renowned trombone players – including two-time Grammy award winner Michael Dease.

The Festival will also include a Saturday street parade, featuring a nine-piece rock influenced brass band supported by children playing plastic trombones and trumpets, as well as an artisan market in Marsden’s Victorian park.

Performances will take place in the village’s pubs, clubs and other buildings as well as on four outdoor stages including the Grand Central Rail Marquee on the Bridge, overlooking the River Colne. The venue will host seven free gigs featuring youth and community bands during the festival weekend.

The festival’s New Stream gigs will also showcase new and experimental artists and include a three-hour mini festival at Marsden’s Royal British Legion on the Saturday night of the festival weekend. The gig will feature a triple bill of bands from the UK, Belgium and France in partnership with Match&Fuse.

Tickets for this year’s Marsden Jazz Festival are on sale now and can booked online at www.marsdenjazzfestival.com, by calling 0800 6125 649 or at the jazz festival office in the library at the Mechanics Hall (10am-4pm, Monday-Friday).

The full line-up

Details and tickets: www.marsdenjazzfestival.com/whats-on.

Sat 30th Sept

The ElecTrio

Sun 1st Oct

Poster Poems
Musica Kirklees with NYJO Ambassadors
Marsden Electric Theatre

Fri 6th Oct

Offbeat jazz with Xylosound!
Marsden String Group
Rene Alvarez’s Latin Band
The Bones of Rath
Flock of 3
The Breath
Jazz Preservation Society (JPS)
Anth Purdy
Backwater Blues
The Washboard Resonators
Who Knows?

Sat 7th Oct

Daytime at Hanson Music
Scissett Youth Band
Honley Sax Choir
Walk organised by The National Trust
Jazz Fox – music in the woods for younger listeners
Musica Holme Valley Big Band
Jazz North Introduces Double Bill: J Frisco // Andchuck
Calderdale Big Band
Musica Soul Band
Little Jazz Funk Orchestra
Greenhead College Big Band
Bonga / Mwamba / Champion
Parade with Young Pilgrims and The Incredible Plastic Street
Musica Shelley Big Band & Musica Shelley Swing Band
Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra with Michael Dease
Ugly Mug Jug Band
Musica Batley Saxes
Tube Zone 83
Birkett & Fisk play Venuti & Lang
Young Pilgrims and The Incredible Plastic Street Band
Wakefield Youth Jazz Orchestra
Hope Bank Works Ensembles
A twist in the tale – music and craft in the woods for younger folk
Highway Child
Sonic Transportation: Maja Bugge Solo in the Standedge Canal Tunnel
Musica Mirfield Swing Band
Terri Shaltiel & The Reggae-Soul Ensemble
The Bee Keeper Five
Zoe Gilby Quartet
Marsden Silver Prize Band
Musica Colne Valley Big Band
Anthony Joseph: Caribbean Roots
Nerve Toy Trio
The Dave O’Higgins Quartet
Lucy Mae
Arun Ghosh
Los Camaradas
Match&Fuse Triple Bill: De Beren Gieren // Skeltr // CHROMB!
Yes Sir
Washington Whirligig
Alex McKown
Tom Harrison Group ft Cleveland Watkiss
We Are Leif

Sun 8th Oct

Masterclass with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra
Jazz Service with New Orleans Wiggle
Alcyona Mick & Tori Freestone Duo
Poetry Jam with Write Out Loud
Blackley Music Centre Stage Band
Daytime at Hanson Music
Holmfirth High School Jazz Band
Marsden Schools Children
IV Quartet
Heckmondwike Grammar School Soul Band
New Orleans Wiggle
Wakefield Big Band
Black Sheikhs
Family Band
Colne Valley Boys
Honley High School Jazz Groups
Soul Cooker
JazzLeeds Collective
National Youth Jazz Orchestra
YMF Youth Jazz Orchestra
Bad Back Blues Band
James Mainwaring: Ikigai
Alligator Gumbo
MJF Duck Race
Leeds City Stompers
Swing of Things
Meier-Budjana Group
The Main Thing

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