Anthony Marsden is an Irish vocalist and Birmingham Conservatoire graduate who has been attracting the attention of his peers and music lovers alike. He has been lucky enough to learn his craft against the backdrop of Birmingham’s flourishing jazz scene, studying with some of the most reputable names in British jazz. These include; Hans Koller, Percy Pursglove, Nia Lynn, Sara Colman and Mike Williams. Anthony has also been privileged to take part in workshops with artists such as Norma Winstone, Becca Stevens, Anita Wardell and John Taylor.
The Anthony Marsden Band was established in 2012. This band, featuring other Birmingham musicians, is a vehicle for Anthony’s highly original and contemporary compositions. It is also a chance for these musicians to explore the vocal repertoire of the Great American Songbook, and other popular songs of the 21st and 20th centuries. The arrangements of these songs are always re-imagined in a completely new and surprising way. Anthony’s eclectic style incorporates influences from artists such as Donny Hathaway, Amy Winehouse and Ray Charles, but his music is still firmly rooted in the jazz tradition. He explores the world of wordless improvisation taking influence from Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Kurt Elling.
The past few years have provided some exciting performance opportunities for Anthony. He has been privileged to appear at Mostly Jazz festival in Birmingham, Cheltenham Jazz festival and at the Lichfield festival supporting Laura Mvula. He regularly performs in and around Birmingham.
Anthony is one of the newest members of the London Vocal Project; a professional jazz choir led by Pete Churchill. This group has an impressive list of collaborators including Bobby McFerrin, Norma Winstone, Kenny Wheeler and Nikki Iles. With other exciting projects lined up, working as part of this group will surely turn out to be a fantastic experience.