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Promoter Profile: Marsden Jazz Festival

29 August 2016

Ellery Eskelin kicks off his Orpheus Project tour with a bang on October 8th with an appearance at Marsden Jazz Festival.


Marsden Jazz Festival┬ácelebrates its 25th birthday this year. Founded in 1992, it is one of the longest running jazz festivals in the UK. Last year they were awarded the ‘Outstanding Established Festival’ award at the Yorkshire Gig Guide Grassroots awards. This year they are recognised in a number of categories: Outstanding Established Festival, Outstanding Contribution and Outstanding Promoter (both for Director Barney Stevenson).

Ellery appears as part of their Headliners strand of gigs during the festival. This strand also includes groups like the Impossible Gentlemen, Abstract Orchestra and Jazz Jamaica. Barney and his team are dedicated to supporting the progression of jazz and improvised music, the festival also includes a New Stream strand to showcase cutting edge and experimental music (Ellery’s gig is also listed in this category). They work hard to support the new generation of jazz artists including a number of youth groups and school ensembles.

Marsden’s team of volunteers are a key part in the running of the festival. As well accepting applications for volunteers they have a number of other ways to be involved including their Adopt A Gig scheme and sponsorship.

‘We have pined for US tenor player Ellery Eskelin to play Marsden’ they write on their website. It seems fitting that they get to host the world premiere of this new ensemble on October 8th.

Visit the Marsden Jazz Festival website for details on their 2016 programme and to book tickets. See you there!