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Jazz legend returns to Marsden for 25th festival

Jazz legend returns to Marsden for 25th festival

A jazz legend will be returning to Marsden this October to perform at the 25th Marsden Jazz Festival.

Digby Fairweather appeared at our first festival in 1992 and will once again be at the 19th century Mechanics Hall in the centre of the village this year, performing alongside BBC Radio 2’s Paul Jones for their “Rocking in Rhythm” show – their only appearance together in 2016.

The full lineup of headliners for this year’s festival, which is being sponsored by Yorkshire Water, has now been unveiled, and also includes ten-piece band Jazz Jamaica, Anglo-American supergroup The Impossible Gentlemen, and Jazz FM Awards 2016 nominee Nérija.

Our 25th festival will also feature the renowned Saturday street parade, an artisan market in Marsden’s Victorian park and well over 100 hours of live music at 25 venues, including more than 60 free gigs and events.

Other headlines are 20-piece hip hop big band Abstract Orchestra, Montreal trio Trifolia and Lancashire-based swing group The Swing Commanders.

A tribute to influential American jazz musician Jaco Pastorius will also be performed by the Ben Crosland Quartet with special guests Martin Shaw and Mick Hutton.

Four acts will be appearing on our New Stream stage this year, which features new and experimental jazz.

Fraser Fifield and Graeme Stephen; Eskelin, Bourne and Sharkey; the Anton Hunter Trio; and Dave Kane are all performing at the Royal British Legion on the Saturday of the festival weekend.

You can help support our 25th festival by adopting one of the free gigs for £50. Everyone who makes a donation will receive an e-certificate and have their name printed in the 2016 festival programme. More details are available at

This year’s Marsden Jazz Festival is taking place between Friday 7 and Sunday 9 October 2016.

Tickets are on sale now and can booked online at, by calling 0800 6125 649 (10am-4pm, Monday-Friday), or at the jazz festival office in the library at Marsden Mechanics (10am-4pm, Tuesday-Friday).

© 2016

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