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Marsden Jazz festival – Part 2

If you like this have a look at Part 1 here

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The audience gathers in an idyllic setting The audience gathers in an idyllic setting

The sun shone on Marsden again today as day 3 of the Marsden Jazz Festival got under way. I arrived in the village about 10.45 just in time to catch the Shelley Music Centre Big Band get ready to play. Some final adjustments to music stands and they were in flight………..

Shelley Music Centre Big Band - reed section Shelley Music Centre Big Band – reed section

My favourite was when they launched into Joe Zawinuls “Birdland” which was effectively the theme tune of possible the greatest ever the jazz-rock group, Weather Report.

Cool dudes…….. Cool dudes……..

I was particularly impressed with the guitar and bass playing and the cool dude on lead guitar (a Gretsch no less) sporting a very 70s hairstyle.

The music was very well received by a small but very appreciative audience.

A Gretcsh no less! A Gretsch no less!

After listening to the band for about half and hour I decided to wander…

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Marsden Jazz Festival 2014

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Colne Valley Music Centre Big Band "on the bridge" Colne Valley Music Centre Big Band “on the bridge”

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 Parade Assembles The Parade Assembles

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.

The strange "wheely contraption" bellowing smoke The strange “wheely contraption” bellowing smoke

Traditionally (because of its location at the foot of…

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Rock bands and artists I don’t get…………….

Re the rock musicians I agree with most of what you say with the exception of two on your list. REM have made some classic records with their own sound and off-the-wall lyrics although I agree there is some dross in there too. They were always a bit different and deciding to quit rather than descend into endless re-releases etc was a shrewd move. Buddy Holly on the other hand is a legend and I’ll leave it to Philip Norman to explain why here

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I have been listening to pop / rock music from the very early 1960’s and can remember buying my first 45 single, namely Poetry in Motion by Johnny Tillotson in I think it was 1961.

For the last 50 years or so I have listened to rock, classical, jazz and a good deal of world music. I was thinking the other day that in every genre of music there are certain composers and performers I just “don’t get”

With classical music it is the compositions of Joseph Haydn (I am of the view he wrote the same symphony 102 times), WA Mozart (with certain exceptions), Benjamin Britten (vastly over – rated except for Sinfonia da Requiem) and amongst contemporary composers the cacophony produced by Harrison Birtwistle.

As far as jazz is concerned my blind spot is Charlie Parker (yes, I know this is heresy) and the whole band of…

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