Hills are alive with the sounds of jazz

monday p8'Dennis Rollins plays The 22nd Wigan International Jazz Festival.
monday p8'Dennis Rollins plays The 22nd Wigan International Jazz Festival.

The Pennine hills will be buzzing with the sound of 600 musicians playing live at the largest jazz festival in the north of England.

The annual Marsden Jazz Festival, which runs until Sunday, October 12, is expected to attract around 8,000 visitors to 24 venues.

Headlining the festival tonight is Bob Kerr’s Whoopie Band, where trad jazz meets Monty Python-style antics, and on Saturday the close harmony female vocals of The Sugar Sisters will top the bill.

Superstar trombonist Dennis Rollins and Doncaster Jazz Orchestra alumni close the festival on Sunday.

Two world-premieres of new music specially commissioned for the festival will take place over the weekend - Simon Fell’s Revolutionary Traditional (The Ragging of Time) and I Have a Duck Who Can Roar, an illustrated musical story for jazz septet, written and composed by Chris Bridges and Ann Gilligan.

Other headline artists include Ben Crosland’s Threeway with rising star vibraphonist Lewis Wright, virtuoso trio Tryka, Partisans, playing richly lyrical music from their new album, and 11-piece funk and latin soul band Bugalu Foundation.

The full programme can be found at www.marsdenjazzfestival.com