Today was the start of the annual Jazz Festival held in the sleepy pennine village of Marsden in West Yorkshire (don’t whisper bit too loud but they are only about three miles from the border with Lancashire!). Good news also that they managed to raise the funds to get the clock fixed on top of the famous Mechanics Institute.
The festival was founded in 1992 and over the years it has grown into a festival of both national and international repute. I have been attending on and off for over 15 years and two of my outstanding memories are seeing performances by John Surman and Harry Beckett, two of the musicians that helped develop my love for jazz back in the mid 1960s.
Traditionally (because of its location at the foot of…
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