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Award-winning trumpeting, primal improv and a jazz warrior among this year’s headliners

Award-winning trumpeting, primal improv and a jazz warrior among this year’s headliners

We don’t like to do things by halves at Marsden Jazz Festival and this year’s headliners are a collection of renowned, exciting and thrilling performers. And because we’re committed to ensuring music is accessible to everyone, we’d like to remind you about our £1 tickets for 16-and-unders and half-price tickets for 17-29-year-olds.
Orphy Robinson 5pm Sunday 14 October, Marsden Mechanics Hall
Orphy Robinson, former Jazz Warriors member and Blue Note artist is a prolific composer and performer who’s worked with artists such as Robert Plant, Nigel Kennedy and Andy Shephard. In September 2016 Orphy Robinson assembled a band to pay homage to vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson shortly after his passing. Voted “Live Experience Of The Year” at the 2017 Jazz FM Awards, a septet from the same gifted players will play Bobby’s compositions, arranged by Orphy Robinson.
Enrico Tomasso 8pm Friday 12 October, Marsden Mechanics Hall
Leeds-born Enrico Tomasso has won best trumpet category in the British Jazz Awards four times. He famously played for Louis Armstrong at the age of eight and struck up a friendship with the legendary trumpeter that lasted until Armstrong’s death. Tomasso as played with The Ken Mackintosh Orchestra, The Pasadena Roof Orchestra as well as having a successful solo career. He appeared with Acker Bilk at 2010’s Marsden Jazz Festival.
Ray Davies Songbook Vol 2 8pm Fri 12 October, Marsden Parochial Hall
Ben Crosland’s original Ray Davies Songbook project premièred at Marsden Jazz Festival 2015, attracting four-star reviews. Volume Two takes in well known hits, including Till the End of the Day, Lola, Autumn Almanac, Days and Ape Man, alongside lesser known, yet equally engaging, B-sides and album tracks.
Entropi 1:30pm Sat 13 October, Marsden Mechanics Hall
Dee Byrne’s Entropi quintet places a high importance on improvisation; her compositions allow breathing space for depth of communication, empathy and risk taking between the band members. Juggling order and chaos, composition and improvisation, the group takes listeners on a journey with compelling group interplay, strong themes, open-ended improvisation, dark grooves and interweaving melodic textures.
Beats and Pieces 3:30pm Saturday 13 October at Marsden Parochial Hall
Led by composer and conductor Ben Cottrell, Manchester-based Beats & Pieces Big Band is a band that happens to be big, rather than your average ‘big band’. Combining “the feel and dynamics of a small group and the force and impact of an orchestra” (AJ Dehany, London Jazz News), these 14 friends will immediately capture you with their very own sound embracing raw rock energy, refined jazz concepts, melodies to sing along with, primal improv and grooves to shake your body to. And we’ve got them twice – once for the workshop on 7 October and again on
Polly Gibbons 7.:30pm Saturday 13 October, Marsden Parochial Hall, Sponsor: Charnwood Tax Consultants
Polly Gibbons’ singing effortlessly incorporates American jazz, soul and blues influences. She has made regular appearances at Ronnie Scott’s in the UK, and completed residencies in the iconic Birdland club in the US. The Guardian described her as, “A versatile artist who can switch from an emotionally subtle Cleo Laine-like purr to a soul-gospel wail in a blink, and a growing authority as a co-composer with Ronnie Scott’s jazz club pianist James Pearson. Gibbons is unmistakably a class act.”
SK2 ft. Simon Gardner 3pm Sunday 14 October, Marsden Parochial Hall
SK2 was formed in 2013 by drummer and musical director Dave Tyas to perform music by legendary composer and pianist Stan Kenton. The band has played to great acclaim at the Wigan International Jazz Festival and Scarborough Jazz Festival. Simon Gardner is one of the most sought after trumpeters in the UK. He has worked with Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jnr, Buddy Rich, and Louis Bellson. He regularly plays first trumpet on Saturday nights in the Dave Arch orchestra on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. This concert will feature Johnny Richards’ orchestrations of The Cuban Fire! Suite and West Side Story.
As ever, thanks for supporting our fabulous festival. Keep talking about us on social media (ideally in a good way) (use the #MarsdenJazz18 hashtag please!) and please do book ahead to ensure you don’t miss out on tickets and to make us feel good.

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