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Marsden Jazz Festival 2015

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I normally spend a good part of two days wandering around the festival, taking in free concerts and watching the hundreds of people who descend on this small West Yorkshire village once a year for the “International Jazz Festival”

Shock, horror as again the rain kept away and people mingled in the streets, viewing the variety of stalls selling all kinds of goods and including a very good record stall with an exceptional collection of vinyl LPs featuring the great and the good of the jazz world.

The cafes were filling up, as many a visitor tucked into a “full English” to counter the excesses of the previous evenings “concert going” )and drinking).

Unfortunately, this year I was away on the Saturday and therefore missed the big parade, and only managed a couple of hours on Sunday morning but still managed to catch a very enthusiastic Heckmondwike Grammar School Soul Band…

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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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Buskers with talent………….

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The Trio of Improvisers The Trio of Improvisers

I was wandering through Huddersfield this morning, passing the time of day whilst my car was being serviced and preparing myself for the financial shock of the cost of the service. After several strong cappuccino I felt strong enough to venture out into the town centre and during my travels encountered three young men busking.

A budding Cat Anderson A budding Cat Anderson

I stopped to listen to them for a while and what a pleasant experience that was, as they were playing jazz with  a good deal of drive and enthusiasm.

I suspect that they may have been music students possible from Huddersfield University which is well-known for its musical courses (and of course the famous annual Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival every November) for both performers and composers.

Do I hear echoes of Lawrence Brown? Do I hear echoes of Lawrence Brown?

I did notice that the young man in the white hoodie had “Halle Youth…

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Golcar Lily Day and a Musical Extravaganza…………………..

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Golcar Lily day is a festival put on each year in the village in which I live, perched on the Pennine Hills in West Yorkshire.

DSC_0070It is a relatively small scale affair but does include stalls selling food and goods, “morris dancing” and brass bands from the local area, and a steam tractor which was drawing admiring looks from the locals (echoes of Fred Dibnah). The festival is usually well supported often despite the uncertainties of pennine weather and yesterday was no different. Lots of people who enjoyed bright sunshine one minute and ten minutes later were sheltering form heavy showers……..but after all it is Yorkshire in spring!

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This year I had been invited to attend concert at a local church given by various children’s groups so off I went, camera at the ready to try to get some photographs.

I arrived at just gone 10.00am and caught the performance…

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