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Our monthly club gigs are highlighted in blue below with a range of other events from diner jazz to jam jazz to major concerts at The Grand Theatre.

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Alt-j-shift festival

Jazz North Presents: Alt Shift J Festival

Saturday 20 October 2018 From 2:00pm to 10:30pm
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 | Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk | Tickets: Adv £10 | Book Now: from The Grand's website

Jazz North presents Alt Shift J - a new age Jazz festival being staged across two venues in the heart of Clitheroe on Saturday, October 20th (The Grand, York Street, and The Old Assembly Rooms (SM-SJ), Lowergate).

The Grand, Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues, Lancashire Music Service and Gypsy Carrot Productions are joining forces to deliver the brand new one-day festival, one of four festivals nationwide.

The Clitheroe edition of Alt Shift J merges acts at the forefront of the UK's music scene with inspirational workshops, records and vintage stalls and talented local DJs, concluding with a nu soul extravaganza from Just Groove - this will be an incredible day of music set at an extremely generous ticket price.

Alt Shift J makes little or no judgment call on stylistic definitions.  The festival will showcase the work of specially commissioned music projects and feature some groundbreaking talent from the wider world of jazz.

The longer term aim of the project is to establish some new players in the regional jazz music scene – musicians, promoters, scene-builders and audience members – all coming together to reinterpret and celebrate jazz and improvised music in all its forms.  We hope to see the spirit of Alt Shift J permeate throughout future Lancashire jazz events and festivals – the legacy of which will be increased participation and audience growth among young people.

Clitheroe’s stamp on Alt-Shift J comes in the form of an all-day music programme that encourages audiences to celebrate and engage with jazz performance, from morning sessions with Arun Ghosh’s Jazz Club for kids, educational music projects and stand-out performances from inspirational contemporary UK-based live music acts.

NUBIYAN TWIST (9pm-10.30pm)

Headlining the inaugural Alt-Shift-J event are the incredible 10-piece musical collective Nubiyan Twist.  This Leeds born, London based outfit, orchestrated by guitarist/producer Tom Excell, create a widescreen, infectious sound in an eclectic mix of styles, drawing on jazz, hip-hop, afrobeat, latin, soul, reggae and dance music.

An awesome live show features a four-piece horn section, vocalists, electronics and an international (Brazil/UK) rhythm section, Nubiyan Twist create a powerful and unforgettable experience.

This concert is part of a UK tour promoting the ensemble's brand new album 'Jungle Run', which is released on Strut Records in November.

The band have performed on huge stages across the world, being chosen by David Byrne to perform at Queen Elizabeth Hall for the South Bank’s Meltdown festival, selling out London’s iconic Jazz Cafe, and rocking festival stages from Fusion to Wilderness, Boomtown to Edinburgh Jazz Festival, with their powerful sound and unique blend of styles.

ARUN GHOSH QUINTET (7.45pm-8.45pm)

Arun Ghosh is a cherished guest performer in these parts having been the 'Artist-in-residence' at the 2015 Ribble Valley Jazz Festival.  A highly skilled clarinet and flautist, charismatic performer and music educator, Arun's musical vocabulary draws heavily on his Britsh-Asian heritage.  His 2017 album, 'But Where Are You Really From? mixes south Asian rhythms, rock riffs, a vast array of instruments, even an arrangement reminiscent of a colliery brass band, to create a hybrid that is clearly jazz.

NECKTR (6.00pm-7.00pm)

9 piece should fusion band, drawing influence from hip-hop, Jazz, Afrobeat and ambient music, currently making their mark in Leeds’ vibrant music scene

ROLLER TRIO (3-3.45pm)

We are very excited to welcome Mercury Prize nominees Roller Trio to perform at Alt-Shift-J and have one its members, Chris Sharkey, work with young musicians of the area to perform a specially rehearsed Festival recital.

Based in Leeds, Roller Trio have a modern and gritty sound, pushing sonic boundaries to their limits. Switching the feel of a tune in a heartbeat from edgy improv to anthemic power riffs to reverb-swamped note storms, Roller Trio are powerful and progressive.  Their most recent album, New Devices, features contemporary guitar improviser Chris Sharkey,  alongside James Mainwaring, saxophone and electronics and Luke Reddin-Williams, drums. Their mix of high octane technicality and deceptively catchy tunes has transcended their Jazz heritage, bringing them acclaim from fans and critics alike. Their eponymous debut album was nominated for the 2012 Mercury Prize and the band were also nominated for MOBO's Best Jazz Act that same year.

CHRIS SHARKEY & SHIFTIN' JAZZ ENSEMBLE (2.20pm-2.50pm)

Chris Sharkey will also be hosting improvisation workshop sessions at The Grand in the run-up to Alt-Shift-J, creating a platform for young people to be part of a performing ensemble on the Festival weekend. This project will come to fruition with a live performance on the day itself.

GYPSY CARROT PRESENT JUST GROOVE (10.15pm-2.00am)

Local events collective Gypsy Carrot present their nu soul extravaganza Just Groove as the official after-party.  Prepare for a three course selection of nothing but the best in rich world grooves, from Afrobeat to House and everything in-between.

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Lyn Fairbanks

Mark Lewis Trio with Lyn Fairbanks

Sunday 4 November 2018 From 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 | Web: www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk | Tickets: FREE but advisable to book a table if dining.

Featuring: Ed Lomax - keys; Derek Smith - drums; Mel Hatchman - bass;  Lyn Fairbanks - vocals.

The Mark Lewis trio is a popular local and experienced band presenting fine music and excellent entertainment at their dinner jazz sessions. Expect to hear top jazz standards from a band influenced by George Shearing, Bill Evans, Horace Silver. This band has played all nine Ribble Valley Jazz Festivals. A lively session is in prospect with plenty of repartee with a cosy audience in the Abbey Suite.   The session will be enhanced by the immensely popular Lyn Fairbanks’ delightful vocals!

 
Ribble FM

Matt & Miles

Wednesday 7 November 2018 From 9:00pm to 11:00pm
Venue: See below

Matt & Miles host this evening's Jazz Show on Ribble FM from 9pm to 11pm. Listen to their banter and the best of current jazz and find out what's coming up in the region.

http://www.ribblefm.com/pages/schedule/

 
Kyla Brox

Kyla Brox with Danny Blomeley

Friday 9 November 2018 From 7:00pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:30pm
Venue: Clitheroe Cricket Club, Chatburn Road, Clitheroe, BB7 2AS Tel: 01200 422896 | Tickets: Adv £11 / £10 members | Book Now: from The Grand's website

Kyla Brox, the finest UK blues & soul singer of her generation, will undoubtedly attract a good crowd for her debut gig with Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues at our new Clitheroe Cricket Club venue. So advance ticket purchases via The Grand web site is advisable.

The different setting, from band to duo/trio, encourages two distinct Kylas to come to the fore - the salty blues mama in line from Bessie Smith, and the tender soul singer who sets out her hopes and fears in song. She never flinches from emotional reality in either situation. Kyla will perform in duo format with Danny Blomeley for this gig. 

The duo assigns a prominent role for helpmate and songwriting partner Danny Blomeley, and his virtuoso guitar-work has earned Danny a following in his own right. Whether your favourite style is jazz or blues, this gig with Kyla and Danny is one for the diary. Early ticket bookings are more cost effective too!

The daughter of blues singer Victor Brox, Kyla started singing on-stage at the age of 12 and has several albums to her name, including the band triumph Coming Home (2004) and the stripped and sensitive Grey Sky Blue (2009). Kyla first sang with Victor onstage at the Band on the Wall in Manchester in 1992. She joined his regular touring group the following year. The core of the Kyla Brox Band go back to this unit, nominally the Victor Brox Blues Train, but known informally as 'the child slavery band' because of the extreme youth of the players. As well as Kyla (13), the group contained bassist Danny Blomeley (13), and drummer Phil Considine (19).

In 2000, she accompanied her father on an extensive tour of Australia. Danny Blomeley had left the Blues Train two years earlier to travel the world, and promised to find Victor some dates in Australia. Kyla, now 20, found herself singing risque blues songs to hard men in mining camps in remote parts of the Australian outback!  Back in Manchester in 2001, Kyla and Danny formed a duo, occasionally augmented by old members of ‘the child slavery band’, and the line-up finally settled into the Kyla Brox Band - Kyla Brox (vocals, flute); Marshall Gill (guitar); Tony Marshall (saxophones); Danny Blomeley (bass) and Phil Considine (drums). The Kyla Brox Band started playing in North West pubs and clubs: the circuit that had once been the stomping ground of the Victor Brox Blues Train. Their performance at the Colne Blues Festival in 2002 established Kyla's reputation on the British blues scene.

Line-up:  Kyla Brox - vocals; Danny Blomeley - guitar.

 
Jazz Jam

JAZZ JAM - At Holmes Mill

Thursday 15 November 2018 From 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Venue: Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB | Web: www.holmesmill.co.uk | Tickets: FREE

Free Monthly Jazz Jam - 3rd Thursday Monthly - at Bowland Brewery/Holmes Mill, Clitheroe with resident band, Breaking Jazz, and Paul J Rigby Trio (alternately).

Jamming Session for any instrument - any experience - Stand in with the band, play your favourite tune, solo & improvise! Tell bandleader your tune/key via trish.ferrarin@gmail.com - helpful but not essential! More info? Try contacting info@rvjazzandblues.co.uk

Guests and jammers who will be instrumentalists or singers, or both, will have the chance to play with an experienced backline, sharing in the delivery of tunes, and performing one or two solos. Age and levels of experience are no barrier to having a go in a jazz jam session, especially with an experienced band lead by jazz musician and tutor, Trish Ferrarin, and there is no need for potential jammers to book a spot, just turn up on the night with your instrument, and let the band know you are there. It's helpful to let Trish Ferrarin or Paul J Rigby know your tunes in advance, and the key played in.

Jam sessions will go ahead in the Holmes Mill Engine Room where accoustics are excellent, with standing room available alongside tables that can be reserved online or via a short phone call. These sessions are being managed and programmed by Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues. They are open to all who love live music. No only that, but Thursday evenings at Bowland Brewery are ‘new beer’ nights, presenting new ales brewed on site that are sure to be popular with members of CAMRA. Real ale buffs will also be able to join Bowland Beer Club, which entitles them to discount on ales not just at Bowland Brewery, but also at other places belonging to James Places.

Jazz Jam night

 
Ubunye

Ubunye + Food + Dancing + Christmas Party!

Saturday 8 December 2018 From 7:00pm to 11:30pm
Venue: SMSJ Old School Rooms, Lowergate, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 1AG | Tickets: Advance: £18 / Members £16 including food, dancing! | Book Now: from The Grand's website

Ubunye, a 7-piece band, play an inspirational blend of jazz, Isiggi (traditional Zulu music), and Afro-pop. Following a sell-out gig and a knockout performance at the Jazz Festival, the band returns to Clitheroe for our RVJ&B Christmas Party

The ticket includes a South African style curry with meat or veg options prior to the music and served from 7.30. When everyone’s full, we’ll clear the tables, start the rhythms and get dancing (bring Gumboots!) to the fabulous sounds of Ubunye. Expect a soulful goose-bump inducing experience!

Ubunye unites singers from Kwa Zulu, Natal in South Africa (now Huddersfield based-based) with gospel & RnB players from Yorkshire.

Imagine the raw power of African voices in harmony; the pounding rhythm of Africa blended with the explosive energy of a live band. This young and vibrant group of Zulu performers and seasoned musicians from UK reach back into the past to combine ancient tradition with contemporary flair.

See them on YouTube

 
Jazz Jam

JAZZ JAM - At Holmes Mill

Thursday 13 December 2018 From 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Venue: Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB | Web: www.holmesmill.co.uk | Tickets: FREE

Free Monthly Jazz Jam - 3rd Thursday Monthly - at Bowland Brewery/Holmes Mill, Clitheroe with resident band, Breaking Jazz, and Paul J Rigby Trio (alternately).

Jamming Session for any instrument - any experience - Stand in with the band, play your favourite tune, solo & improvise! Tell bandleader your tune/key via trish.ferrarin@gmail.com - helpful but not essential! More info? Try contacting info@rvjazzandblues.co.uk

Guests and jammers who will be instrumentalists or singers, or both, will have the chance to play with an experienced backline, sharing in the delivery of tunes, and performing one or two solos. Age and levels of experience are no barrier to having a go in a jazz jam session, especially with an experienced band lead by jazz musician and tutor, Trish Ferrarin, and there is no need for potential jammers to book a spot, just turn up on the night with your instrument, and let the band know you are there. It's helpful to let Trish Ferrarin or Paul J Rigby know your tunes in advance, and the key played in.

Jam sessions will go ahead in the Holmes Mill Engine Room where accoustics are excellent, with standing room available alongside tables that can be reserved online or via a short phone call. These sessions are being managed and programmed by Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues. They are open to all who love live music. No only that, but Thursday evenings at Bowland Brewery are ‘new beer’ nights, presenting new ales brewed on site that are sure to be popular with members of CAMRA. Real ale buffs will also be able to join Bowland Beer Club, which entitles them to discount on ales not just at Bowland Brewery, but also at other places belonging to James Places.

Jazz Jam night

 
Jazz Collective

Ribble Valley Jazz Collective Big Band - Band Director: Paul J Rigby

Sunday 16 December 2018 From 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 | Web: www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk | Tickets: FREE but advisable to book a table if dining.

Ribble Valley Jazz Collective returns to the Spread Eagle for a 2018 Christmas Special performance. This band is directed by Paul J Rigby, one of the most experienced band leaders in the North West, having completed 25 years leading the famous Northern Jazz Orchestra. This local big band’s rousing and entertaining performance will include traditional, modern  and famous big band tunes, probably including Tuxedo Junction and Mack the Knife in The Spread Eagle’s Abbey Suite. Sell out audiences at the Spread Eagle in 2016 & 2017 suggest booking early for this performance.

 

Artists correct at time of publishing but may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
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