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New headline venue unveiled

New headline venue unveiled

We’re adding a brand new headline venue to this year’s Marsden Jazz Festival – the 1920s Parochial Hall next to St Bartholomew’s Church.

We’ll have six gigs in the hall during the festival weekend and tickets for the first three gigs are on sale now at

Plus we’ve scheduled the Saturday and Sunday gigs so that die-hard festival fans can alternate between the Parochial Hall and the Mechanics Hall without missing a single performance.

Our Friday night headliner at the Parochial Hall will be a special one-off gig by three titans of the trombone, made possible by the support of Honley-based Michael Rath Trombones.

The Bones of Rath will feature two-time Grammy award winner Michael Dease alongside jazz legends Mark Nightingale and Dennis Rollins.

Alicia Keys, Tina Turner and Courtney Pine are among their previous collaborators, and The Bones of Rath will be in Marsden at 8pm on Friday 6 October for a truly unique performance.

Our Saturday evening gig will feature an all-star cast of British jazz musicians who will re-imagine the music of Duke Ellington and his long-time collaborator Billy Strayhorn, creating stunning interpretations of both popular and lesser-known masterpieces.

The Tom Harrison Group featuring Cleveland Watkiss will bring Duke to the Parochial Hall at 9pm on Saturday 7 October.

And our Sunday late morning gig will feature an intimate performance by two of the UK’s leading jazz artists – Alcyona Mick and Tori Freestone.

Pianist Alcyona and saxophonist Tori have collaborated on the London jazz scene in various ensembles for several years, and will be bring their unique writing styles and improvisational approaches to the Parochial Hall at 11am on Sunday 8 October.

And we’ve also got a world premier from Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year Arun Ghosh, international supergroup Meier-Budjana and Rene Alvarez’s Latin Band joining us for gigs in Marsden’s 19th Century Mechanics Hall during the festival weekend.

More information about all six gigs and details on how to book tickets are available at

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