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Marmalade Trio is a Jazz ensemble from Adelaide.


Marmalade Trio began as a Latin jazz piano trio, but has morphed into an ‘anything-goes’ afro-Latino-funky-hip-hop instrumental ensemble. Marmalade trio is a sister band to Marmalade Circus. In their set they mix up their own melody-driven tunes with distinctly different arrangements of pop, rock and jazz standards.

The group is made up of Mark Ferguson on piano (Salcedo, Andy Seymour, Libby O’Donovan, Amity Dry), Shireen Khemlani on bass (Salcedo, ACME Jazz Unit, Unitopia) and Jarrad Payne on drums (VoiceROM, 1.1 Immermann, Ronnie Taheny).

The original Marmalade Trio formed in 1998 and recorded their self-titled début CD in 1999. They have also made a number of recordings for ABC FM. As a rhythm section they have performed throughout Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand, at the Sydney Festival ‘Jazz in the Domain’ concert, the Adelaide Festival and Fringe, the Thredbo and Manly Jazz Festivals. They work regularly as a rhythm section supporting local and touring artists including Lillian Boutte (US), Mark Murphy (US), Eugene Hideaway Bridges (US), Martin Taylor (UK), Camille O’Sullivan (Ireland), James Morrison, Jo Lawry (US), Connaitre Miller (US), Becky Cole, Deni Hines, Libby O’Donovan, Johanna Allen, Amity Dry, Kate Ceberano, Ronnie Taheny and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. They were house band at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival’s Backstage Club in 2014.

In 2013 Marmalade Trio were commissioned by JazzSA to perform a new show based entirely on the music of Radiohead which was reprised by Creative Original Music Adelaide in 2014. Also in 2013 the trio was commissioned by NEXUS to develop a concert of new music, Whit Dae Ye Cry Thon Yin inspired by leader Mark Simeon Ferguson’s Celtic roots.