A small portion of my day today, was taken up by the short but never the less arduous train journey from Huddersfield back to Leeds, the bitter taste of a penalty shoot-out defeat for Huddersfield town still ringing true in my mouth. I'm never normally grateful of any sort of train journey to be honest, I grow impatient and continuously wish the excursion over in my head. I know people have bigger problems but that was my dilemma and I'm happy relaying the slight irritation it caused me, although quite how happy you are to be reading about it begs a different response I'm sure. I was, however, grateful of this journey for one reason. As I glanced up at the rail map in an effort to avoid eye contact with an equally moody looking stranger, I noticed the Marsden station situated just outside Huddersfield and thought... Marsden Jazz, its this weekend! Inadvertently the train journey had given me time to get excited about the festival and I had a brief spell to peruse the lineup on my phone and pick out my top 3 acts to go and see. So here they are:
Regular readers to the blog will know how much I rave about Olivia Moore and her Owl Ensemble. A string quartet fused expertly with a jazz trio creates the most hauntingly beautiful of sounds. Elegant motifs played by the quartet are usually underpinned by a slow paced drum part with a heavy groove which drenches the whole concept in class and originality, an incredible unique sound that will not be one to miss!
Soulful and ambient would be the two words I'd use to describe their sound. Utilizing electronic instruments just as much as they do acoustic ones, Submotion Orchestra are probably one of the more original acts at the festival. Their edgy contemporary sound is accessible aswell as extremely expressive so your bound to take away a lot from of this performance. I've never seen them live but if they're as good on stage as their recorded material insinuates, their gig promises to be a real head turner.
A modern jazz legend! How could I not include Soweto in the lineup! The man's a bit of a genius in my opinion, he's rap, hip-hop and jazz all combined into one disgusting conglomeration which shouldn't work but does, so well! Want to see a true innovator at work? This is your gig!