Marsden Jazz Festival has announced their Headliners for this year's festival, running from 9-11 October. American saxophonist and member of the seminal Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers Jean Toussaint leads this group of headline acts, bringing his Blakey Project to the festival on October 11th.
Also featured is clarinet player Evan Christopher, who brings his Django a la Creole project with New Orleans banjo player Don Vappie. Evan was featured in the Sunday Time's Top Jazz Albums of the year in 2014. Bradford-born Arun Ghosh, fresh from his Jazz Instrumentalist of the year award at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, will appear with his sextet.
The festival categorises their line-up into a number of different strands and as well as the headliners, artists who will take part in the New Stream section of the programme were also announced. This strand features Apes Grapes, Laura Cole's Metamorphic, The Geordie Approach and Lauren Kinsella.
Jean Toussaint’s time with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers inspired his career as a jazz musician so it will definitely be a highlight to see his performance dedicated to Art Blakey, 25 years after his death.
There’s always a great family atmosphere during the festival weekend and last year we had over 50 free events, as well as our headliners and New Stream gigs, so there really is something for everyone. - Barney Stevenson, Festival Director
Details on these acts and the entire festival can be found on the Marsden Jazz Festival website.