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First ever Marsden Jazz Festival CD goes on sale

First ever Marsden Jazz Festival CD goes on sale

Internationally-acclaimed artists have given their support to this year’s Marsden Jazz Festival by donating tracks for the festival’s first ever CD.

Eleven of the headline artists performing at this year’s three-day live music event have provided tracks for the CD, with all profits from the sale of the disc being used to support the future of the festival.

New Orleans-based clarinettist Evan Christopher and ‘Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year’ Arun Ghosh have both donated tracks, along with newcomers Artephis who won this year’s Jazz North Introduces award.

Manchester guitarist Stuart McCallum and Huddersfield composer and musician Ben Crosland are also featured on the CD as well as The Jive Swings and Nu Popes.

All four of the groups featured in this year’s New Stream programme, which showcases cutting edge jazz music, have donated tracks. They are ‘Vocalist of the Year’ nominee Lauren Kinsella as well as Apes Grapes, Metamorphic and The Geordie Approach.

Festival Producer Barney Stevenson said:

“We’ve got a fantastic line-up of jazz musicians at this year’s festival so we’re delighted that so many of them have been willing to donate tracks for our first ever CD.

“It’s brilliant to have internationally-acclaimed artists like Evan Christopher and Arun Ghosh appearing alongside local bands like Artephis and Nu Popes. Our two commissioned artists for this year – Lauren Kinsella and Ben Crosland – are also featured, along with all of our New Stream acts.

“The CD gives you a real flavour of the variety of music we’ve got over the weekend and will give festival goers a great souvenir as well as a chance to help support the festival’s future.”

Lauren Kinsella and Ben Crosland have both been commissioned to perform new compositions for the first time at this year’s festival.

Lauren’s performance is called ‘What Window Do You Look Out Of?’ and aims to champion the role of vocals in contemporary improvised music. She is appearing at the Royal British Legion at 6pm on Saturday 10 October.

Ben Crosland will also be appearing at the Royal British Legion at 8.30pm on Friday 9 October. He has been commissioned to perform a jazz interpretation of songs by the Kinks lead singer Ray Davies.

Evan Christopher’s Django à la Créole, The Jive Swings, Artephis, Arun Ghosh, Nu Popes and the Stuart McCallum Trio will be performing at the 19th century Mechanics Hall at 7.30pm and 11.30pm on Friday 9 October, 12.30pm, 4pm and 11.30pm on Saturday 10 October, and 12pm on Sunday 11 October.

New Stream acts Apes Grapes, Metamorphic and The Geordie Approach will all be appearing at the Royal British Legion at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm on Saturday 10 October.

The Marsden Jazz Festival 2015 CD will be on sale throughout the festival weekend for £7 or in a deal with this year’s festival T-shirt for £18. It is also available to buy online now at

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