Jazz Festival 2017

WHAT'S ON THIS YEAR!

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Get the Blessing

JAZZ FESTIVAL | OPENING NIGHT: Get The Blessing

Thursday 27 April 2017 From 7:00pm, Stage: 7:45pm to 10:30pm
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk | Tickets: Adv £15 / £14 members / £7.50 U16s | Book now: from The Grand's website

Ribble Valley Jazz Festival 2017

Line-up: Jake McMurchie – saxophone and electronics; Pete Judge – trumpet, flugel horn, piano and electronics; Jim Barr – bass, electronics and organ; Clive Deamer – drums and percussion.

Get the Blessing wear their jazz credentials lightly but defiantly. They described themselves as “total outsiders” and “the punk entry” when they won the 2008 BBC Jazz Award for Best Album with ‘All Is Yes’. Four critically-acclaimed albums down the line, the same could still be said to hold true, albeit with a little more wisdom at their disposal. Their latest release “Astronautilus” is dedicated to the memory of legendary saxophone player Ornette Coleman, who passed away in June 2015. Coleman's early work was pivotal to the band’s formation in 2000 and continues to inspire their boldly monophonic instrumentation. Get The Blessing also retain their original line up with the rock-solid rhythm section of Portishead duo Jim Barr and Clive Deamer supporting the sax/trumpet front line of Jake McMurchie and Pete Judge. That they can still produce such creative and intelligent music – all balanced with wit and passion – as well as find time to work on other projects, is testament to the free spirit that they embody.

 “...may well be the most original and exciting band on the British scene at the moment.” Jazzwise Magazine

 Website: www.gettheblessing.com

 
Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Jane Smith Trio

Thursday 27 April 2017 From 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Venue: The Emporium, Moor Lane, Clitheroe BB7 1BE | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

Jane Smith is an immensely talented singer/songwriter making her debut at the festival. Having appeared at Gt British R & B Festival, Colne, won a Radio Lancashire songwriting competion for schools, and being a regular at Homes Mill Jazz Jams, she will be a popular feature at the Emporium in partnership with pianists, Trish Ferrarin and John Fuller. Expect some fine  songs of her own as well as as some popular jazz standards.

Line-up: Jane Smith - vocals, John Fuller - piano, Trish Ferrarin - bass keys, Paddy Higginson - saxophone

 
Julie Edwards Kevin Dearden

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Julie Edwards and Kevin Dearden, plus Ed Barnwell

Thursday 27 April 2017 From 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Venue: The Aspinall Arms, Mitton Rd, Mitton, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9PQ | Tel: 01254 826 555 Web: www.brunningandprice.co.uk/aspinallarms | Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable.

Line-up: Julie Edwards - vocals, Kevin Dearden - bass guitar, Ed Barnwell - electric piano.

For the third year running we welcome vocalist Julie Edwards and guitarist Kevin Dearden, an experienced and popular jazz duo who have entertained previous Festival audiences with their fine interpretations of jazz and pop standards. You will also be be able to enjoy the passionate piano playing of Ed Barnwell, who balances poised classical moods with effusive, rolling passages.

 
Ella Shaw

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Jam Experiment + Ella Shaw with Trish Ferrarin's Breaking Jazz

Friday 28 April 2017 From 11:30am, Stage: 12:00noon to 2:30pm
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk | Tickets: Advance: £15 / £14 members - includes 1 course lunch. No tickets on the door. | Book now: from The Grand's website

A special Festival edition of Jazz Café featuring two popular talented young bands, including singer/songwriter Ella Shaw returning with Trish Ferrarin's Breaking Jazz, and Jam Experiment featuring saxophonist Alexander Bone, 2015 BBC Young Musician Jazz Award winner - a feast of young jazz talent!

Ribble Valley's piano-based singer/songwriter, 20 year old Ella Shaw, opens the event.   Described as 'mega, mega talented' by Simon Cowell on Britiain's Got Talent, Ella played Manchester Arena to an audience of 15,000. No stranger to The Grand, Ella sang at the 2016 Jazz Festival, and released her debut album ‘Imperfections’ to a live launch last September. We welcome her to the 2017 Festival, singing with Trish Ferrarin's Breaking Jazz, and guest Bolton vocalist, Jane Smith.

Line-up: Breaking Jazz: Ella Shaw - vocals, Trish Ferrarin - piano, John Fuller - piano, Elliot Chapman - drums, Sam French - sax, Jane Smith - guest vocals. Jam Experiment: Rory Ingham - trombone, Alexander Bone - saxes, Toby Comeau - keyboards & piano, Joe Lee - bass, Jonathan Mansfield - drums.

The Alexander Bone Trio joined Eric Ainsworth's Quartet at the 2015 Festival's Lunchtime Live - a highlight for festival fans. Expect no less in 2017, as Jam Experiment featuring Alexander Bone take the stage as Ribble Valley Jazz Festival’s first ever Band-in-Residence for an energetic approach to original compositions and arrangements, and a stunning finale with Ella Shaw & Breaking Jazz.

 "Jam Experiment ... one of the best young bands I've ever heard..."- Alan Barnes

This event including food is not covered by the Festival Freedom Tickets.

 
Lyn Fairbanks

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Dinner & Jazz: Mark Lewis Trio with John Hallam and Lyn Fairbanks

Friday 28 April 2017 From 6:30pm, Stage: 8:30pm to 10:30pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk | Tickets: £25 including 3-course dinner. Advance booking essential. | Book now: Tel James at the Atrium on: 01200 442630

Line-up: Ed Lomax - keyboard, Mel Hatchman - bass, John Hallam - clarinets/saxophones, Lyn Fairbanks - vocals

This special event will feature fine dining and a performance from one of the most popular and outstanding musicians of his generation, the reed virtuoso John Hallam. John has performed with some of the top jazz musicians on both sides of the Atlantic – Clark Terry, Benny Carter, Mark Nightingale and Digby Fairweather to name just a few - and has recorded several very successful CDs, including a classic alongside Alan Barnes and Dave Newton.

On stage with John will be two members from the popular Mark Lewis Trio - Mel Hatchman and Ed Lomax - and, bringing glamour and vocal sophistication, Lyn Fairbanks. Lyn promises gems from The Great American Songbook, but also numbers from her favourite composer, Johnny Mandel.

Advance bookings are essential for a set 3-course meal served before the music, prepared by award-winning chef James Harper. The Atrium is sure to be full so book well in advance by ringing 01200 442630 to check menu options and pay your deposit.

*Note that this entertainment & food event is not included in the Festival Freedom Pass.

 
Jazz Jamaica

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Jazz Jamaica

Friday 28 April 2017 From 7:00pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:30pm
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk | Tickets: Tickets: £21 / £20 members | Book now: from The Grand's website

Line-up: Gary Crosby double bass; Denys Baptiste tenor saxophone; Camilla George alto saxophone; Mark Crown trumpet; Harry Brown trombone; Ben Burrell piano; Shirley Tetteh guitar; Pete Eckford percussion; Rod Youngs drums.

A big band with a difference! Britain's favourite 'skazz' (Ska/Jazz) band is the brain-child of original Jazz Warrior and veteran jazz double bassist, Gary Crosby. Powered by the rhythms of traditional Jamaican music (mento, ska, reggae) and the improvisational freedom of jazz, Jazz Jamaica have rightly earned their reputation as ‘one of the UK’s leading good-time bands’ (The Independent) from their many exuberant live performances over the past two decades. You don’t need to know about jazz to enjoy an evening with this all-star band - the music is so infectious, it's a safe bet they will have you dancing in the aisles!

Don't take our word for it – see what the papers say:

“Breathtaking stuff. Britain has its own rival to the Buena Vista Social Club.” The Guardian

“Jazz Jamaica would see off Jools Holland’s more famous Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.” The Times

“Unashamedly enjoyable.” The Financial Times

“Britain’s finest big band.” The Times

“Grooves from start to finish and is a completely successful amalgamation of Caribbean rhythms and the big band tradition.” Jazz UK

Website: https://garycrosbybass.com/jazzjamaica/

 
Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Julie Edwards Quartet

Friday 28 April 2017 From 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Venue: Inn at the Station, King St, Clitheroe BB7 2EU | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

Line-up: Julie Edwards - vocals, Kevin Dearden - bass guitar, Ed Barnwell - electric piano, Ed Kainyek - saxes.

A special evening's entertainment at the Inn at the Station! Julie Edwards and guitarist Kevin Dearden are an experienced and popular jazz duo who have entertained previous Festival audiences with their fine interpretations of jazz and pop standards. Here they are joined by saxophonist Ed Kainyek, a local legend on the Manchester jazz scene and regular at RVJ&B events, and pianist Ed Barnwell, who balances poised classical moods with effusive, rolling passages.

Web: http://www.julieedwards.com

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Julie-Edwards-Kevin-Dearden/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdbd9V_zdCEifI9pB-nqpBg

 
swing commanders

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Swing Commanders

Friday 28 April 2017 From 7:30pm to 11:00pm
Venue: Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB | Tel: 01200 401035 | Tickets: £19.50 including food (Includes build your own buns from slow cooked pulled meats & accompaniments) | Book now: from The Grand's website

Holmes Mill welcomes the Swing Commanders to this trendy venue. This vibrant, versatile band perform exciting mixes of 1940's classics, western swing, and 50's jump jazz! Band members sing and play at least one instrument, sometimes three. It's a firm proposition for the trendy Holmes Mill. Swinging music, dancing, beer, and food that includes build your own buns from slow cooked pulled meats & accompaniments!  Not all table dwelling and head bobbing!  We expect most people on their feet on the dance floor!

*Note that this entertainment & food event is not included in the Festival Freedom Pass. 

Layout: Cabaret Seating / Standing
 
Please Note: If you have any dietary requirements or allergies, please advise the venue directly.
 

 
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JAZZ FESTIVAL | The Zimmermen

Friday 28 April 2017 From 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Venue: British Legion, 43 Whalley Road, Clitheroe BB7 1EE | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

Line-up: Tom O'Gorman - lead singer/guitar, Dave Hargreaves - Hammond organ, Rick Lucas - lead guitar/singer, Rick Parkinson - drums, Bob Ainsworth - bass guitar/occasional singer

A rare opportunity to see The Zimmermen play a pub/club venue! Formed in 2004, the band play electric versions of Bob Dylan's greatest hits from the 60’s until present.

 
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JAZZ FESTIVAL | Djangobop

Friday 28 April 2017 From 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Venue: The Aspinall Arms, Mitton Rd, Mitton, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9PQ | Tel: 01254 826 555 Web: www.brunningandprice.co.uk/aspinallarms | Tickets: FREE EVENT but table booking advisable.

Line-up: Matt Wells - guitar, Paul Murphy - guitar, Martin Dirkin - bass

Recreating the swinging Café Jazz of 1940's Paris, and in particular the compositions of the great Django Reinhardt, Djangobop will charm you with gypsy jazz played the original way.  What better way to spend a Friday evening at the delightful Aspinall Arms than with a trio of talented musicians playing Parisian-style tunes.

 
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JAZZ FESTIVAL | Arthur Geldard with Trish Ferrarin

Friday 28 April 2017 From 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Venue: Esc CC, 10 Market Place, Clitheroe BB7 2DA
Web: www.escapecoffeeandcocktails.co.uk | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

EsCC welcomes Arthur Geldard, a young up-and-coming singer from Lancashire, making his festival debut. Influences include Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams and Chet Baker. Arthur started with the Clitheroe Grammar School Swing Band and kept his passion for jazz at university singing for Leeds University Big Band. He spent summer 2016 in Chicago singing with Big Bands and soaking up a vibrant jazz scene. Arthur will sing tunes from the Great American Songbook putting a fresh spin on jazz classics.

 
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JAZZ FESTIVAL | Junkhousedog Blues Band

Friday 28 April 2017 From 9:00pm to 11:00pm
Venue: Hoof & Rooster, York St, Clitheroe BB7 2DL | Tel: 01200 442959 | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

We are delighted to welcome Clitheroe’s ‘Hoof & Rooster’ on board this years jazz festival and we are kicking off the American themed new venue in style with festival favourites ‘Junkhousedog Blues Band’.

Junkhousedog is a Manchester based blues band founded and fronted by 'British Blues Harmonica Champion 2008/09' Luke 'Junkhousedog' Shaw. Luke is a dynamite singer and front man. The energy that sparks off him, igniting the room as he plays, is contagious. He is a true harp heavyweight!

Junkhousedog mixes steamy shuffles and eclectic swing, with true vintage Chicago style grit. For them, the usual 'Blues standard' and 'formulae' does not apply!

 
Alexandra Ridout Quartet

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Festival Seminar: A Career in Jazz for Young Musicians

Saturday 29 April 2017 From 10:00am to 11:30am
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk | Tickets: £5 adults, U16s free but ticket required from Eventbrite | Book now: from The Grand's website

This festival seminar focuses on the potential development of careers in jazz for young musicians.It features two high profile young bands, Jam Experiment - the festival’s Band-in-Residence, and the Alexandra Ridout Quintet. Both bands include talented young musicians, and two winners of the prestigious BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award - Alexander Bone (2014), and Alexandra Ridout (2016). The seminar will be a relaxed and informal affair at The Grand, where there may be one or two tunes, and band members may talk about their choice of instrument, and talk briefly about their development as a young musicians, commenting on challenges faced, high points, and career aspirations, before being open to a few questions and answers from a discerning audience!

The seminar will be of special interest to young people and aspiring musicians, but not exclusively. Jazz fans of any age will be enthralled to find out more about these young musicians and their achievements.

The sessions are free to young people, but they should register on Eventbrite

 
john hesketh

JAZZ FESTIVAL | A Classical Interlude - guitars

Saturday 29 April 2017 From 11:00am, Stage: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Venue: Clitheroe Library, Church Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DG | Tickets: £3 / £2 Members / U16s free but ticket required | Book now: from The Grand's website

Line-up: John Hesketh, Ian Plested - guitars

Ribble Valley Jazz Festivals will always include contributions from other art forms.   In 2017 Classical Meets Jazz!

In the first of 2 sessions, talented musicians John Hesketh and Ian Plested play guitar solos and duets in a programme of music through the ages, from Baroque (e.g. Handel and Vivaldi), through to Modern (such as Scott Joplin), and maybe some traditional South American pieces for good measure!

The second session is at 1.30pm. Come to either/both sessions but book early, only 50 seats!

Ribble Valley Jazz Festivals are always eager to include contributions from other arts forms. In 2017 it’s a partnership with classical musicians!   Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival presents a two-session gig at Clitheroe Library featuring a new classical performance session from local musicians including Liz Watford, John Hesketh, Ian Plested and Rebekah Okpoti. On Saturday 29th April from 11am to 12.30pm, and 1.30pm to 3pm these talented musicians will perform piano solos and classical guitar duet pieces by the great composers such as Beethoven, Schumann, J.S. Bach, Fernando Sor, Erik Satie, Benjamin Godard and Chopin, to name but a few. There might even be a bit of Oscar Peterson thrown in!   You will be welcome to either or both sessions! Only 50 seats!

Morning will be for guitar, and piano in the afternoon.
In the morning it will be just me and John, duetting and also playing some solos. We have decided to present the programme as a series of guitar pieces through the ages of music, starting with Baroque (Handel, Vivaldi, John Dowland), then Classical (Fernando Sor, Ferdinando Carulli, Mozart), then Romantic (Leo Delibes) and finally Modern (Zequinha de Abreu, Scott Joplin, Stanley Myers, Villa Lobos), with some traditional South American pieces (various composers) thrown in for good measure.

In the afternoon the four pianists will be playing a sumptuous selection of Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Erik Satie, Benjamin Godard, Oscar Peterson and Scott Joplin.

 
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JAZZ FESTIVAL | Pendle Jazzmen

Saturday 29 April 2017 From 11:00am to 1:00pm
Venue: Maxwells Cafe Bar, King Street, Clitheroe BB7 2EU Tel: 01200 443906 Web: www.maxwellscafebar.co.uk | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

Line-up: Stuart Whiteley - trumpet, Colin Ball - trombone, John Brunton - clarinet/saxophone, Mike Reddin - guitar/banjo, Frank Lowe - bass, Colin Mason - drums.

The Dixieland/Mainstream jazz band The Pendle Jazzmen are regulars at the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival.  They will be entertaining the Saturday morning crowds outside Maxwells, under the canopy, with familiar tunes to set your feet a-tapping.

 
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JAZZ FESTIVAL | Saturday Street Festival

Saturday 29 April 2017 From 11:00am to 5:00pm
Venue: Street Festival, Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 2BT | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

Clitheroe's main street will be buzzing on Saturday with our annual Street Festival - lively local bands entertaining shoppers and Jazz Festival visitors alike with music in a range of styles.  Two marquees either side of Castle Street will host 6 bands throughout the day.

First up is the well-known Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Swing Band, under the baton of their new director Greg Banks, with vocalist Arthur Geldard.  This is an experienced swing band that has travelled abroad and produced a number of CDs.

At 12 noon, Red Hot Drop takes the stage - a welcome return for this local 7-piece funk/soul/jazz band led by the excellent vocals of Abi Fielding.  You'll be dancing in the street to classics such as "I Feel Good" and "Nutbush".

1pm: Worldwise Samba Drummers and the Preston Choir, share the main stage, both led by a very busy John Aveyard!

Jazzy brass at 2pm from students the Lancashire Music Services Street Band, led by Cathy Sewell.

At 3pm, come and have a calipso/soca street party with steel-pan band Pancake. Playing a variety of songs from classic Caribbean and Latin to pop covers, and featuring our very own Gary Ward (festival committee) on drums.

At 4pm, the trademark yellow and purple suits can mean only one thing: Blowjangles are back in town, bringing the Street Festival to a close in style. After all, there are not many better ways to "Enjoy Yourself" than standing in front of the Castle Street marquee ready for a Blowjangles Concert!

 
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JAZZ FESTIVAL | Jazz Junction

Saturday 29 April 2017 From 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk | Tickets: FREE EVENT but donations welcome. Table booking advisable if eating.

Line-up: Dave Bradshaw - guitar, Ian Helvestyn - keyboard, Chris McCowen - bass, Shaun Heffernan - drums and vocals

A band celebrating the classic jazz quartet line-up, Jazz Junction play 'modern Jazz with a contemporary twist'. They particularly enjoy playing music with an Afro-Cuban flavour using bossa nova rhythms, as well as improvising on time-honoured jazz standards.

 
rebekah okpoti

JAZZ FESTIVAL | A Classical Interlude - Piano

Saturday 29 April 2017 From 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Venue: Clitheroe Library, Church Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DG | Tickets: £3 / £2 Members / U16s free but ticket required | Book now: from The Grand's website

Ribble Valley Jazz Festivals are always eager to include contributions from other arts forms. In 2017 it’s a partnership with classical musicians!
Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival presents a two-session gig at Clitheroe Library featuring a new classical performance session from local musicians including Liz Watford, John Hesketh, Ian Plested and Rebekah Okpoti.
On Saturday 29th April from 11am to 12.30pm, and 1.30pm to 3pm these talented musicians will perform piano solos and classical guitar duet pieces by the great composers such as Beethoven, Schumann, J.S. Bach, Fernando Sor, Erik Satie, Benjamin Godard and Chopin, to name but a few. There might even be a bit of Oscar Peterson thrown in!   You will be welcome to either or both sessions! Only 50 seats!

 
Alexandra Ridout Quartet

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Alexandra Ridout Quintet + Lancashire Youth Jazz Orchestra

Saturday 29 April 2017 From 1:30pm, Stage: 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk | Tickets: Advance: £12 / £11 Member / £5 U16 | Book now: from The Grand's website

Line-up: Alexandra Ridout Quintet: Alexandra Ridout - trumpet, Noah Stoneman - piano, Miles Mindlin - guitar, Freddie Jensen – bass, Luca Caruso – drums. Jam Experiment: Rory Ingham - trombone, Alexander Bone - sax, Toby Comeau - keys, Joe Lee - bass, Jonathan Mansfield - drums.

Ribble Valley Jazz Fest 2017 brings you another feast of young talent!

First we welcome Alexandra Ridout, winner of the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016. She has played trumpet – classical as well as jazz – from the age of 9. Here she leads her quintet of young musicians, including fellow finalist Noah Stoneman, who all met at The Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz Department. Their passion for the music and outstanding musicianship produce an incredibly mature sound that belies their tender years. They are equally at home playing hard-swinging jazz, poignant ballads and solid funk tunes. Expect some original tunes from the group, as well as favourites from Miles Davis to D’Angelo.

Afterwards, the Lancashire Youth Jazz Orchestra (LYJO) take to the stage, led by their ever-youthful music director Paul Rigby. LYJO has been going for 40 years, and many of its students have gone on to become top professional jazz musicians. Over the years, the Orchestra has performed with many international musicians such as Kenny Baker, Alan Barnes, Mark Nightingale and Georgie Fame. Expect popular big band music from across the whole spectrum, as well male and female vocal numbers from the likes of Duke Ellington and Count Basie all the way through to present day stars such as Michael Buble and Robbie Williams.

At the end of the gig, the two bands will be joined in a couple of numbers by Jam Experiment, our Festival’s first ever Band-in-residence, which includes Alexander Bone, the 2015 Young Jazz Musician Award.

Be sure to join us at this celebration of high quality live jazz from premier young jazz musicians

 
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JAZZ FESTIVAL | NORVOL Jazz Jam

Saturday 29 April 2017 From 1:30pm, Stage: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Venue: United Reformed Church, Castlegate, Clitheroe BB7 1AZ Web: www.clitheroeunitedreformedchurch.org.uk | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

NORVOL (norvoljazz.org) is a Northern Network of jazz promoters. A large collection of jazz clubs and organisaion meets quarterly to plan and promote jazz for the benefit of musicians & audiences.   We welcome NORVOL back for its early summer meeting on Street Festival Saturday morning. The NORVOL Jazz Jam takes off in the afternoon at the United Reformed Church, next to our Street Festival in Clitheroe Town Centre. Musicians of virtually any experience can come along to join in the jam session - bring your instrument, make yourself known, and enjoy this free gig!

More info on Northern England jazz events? Go to the website...

 
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JAZZ FESTIVAL | Christian Madden Band

Saturday 29 April 2017 From 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: Rose & Crown, 21 Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 2BT Tel: 01200 442848 | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

Christian Madden is a Lancashire based session keyboard player, producer and composer. He was a founder member of transatlantic psychedelic collective the Earlies whose critically acclaimed albums 'These were the Earlies'(2004) and 'the Enemy Chorus’ retain a cult following to this day. As a session keyboard player he has appeared on stage or recordings with a diverse range of artists including King Creosote, Plan B, Paul Heaton, Micah P Hinson, Jimi goodwin, Cherry Ghost, Atomic Rooster, Denny Laine and many more. His debut solo album 'the Wrecking Place'was released in January of 2017. It is a fully instrumental 12 track journey through fusion, funk, psychedelia and progressive rock featuring some of Lancashire's finest players.

 
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JAZZ FESTIVAL | Maja Bugge

Saturday 29 April 2017 From 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: United Reformed Church, Castlegate, Clitheroe BB7 1AZ Web: www.clitheroeunitedreformedchurch.org.uk | Tickets: FREE EVENT supported under the Jazz North Northerline programme

Line-up: Maja Bugge - cello

Maja Bugge signs off Saturday afternoon's session at URC. A Norwegian cellist, composer, cello teacher, now Lancaster-based, she is a Jazz North Northernline peformer. Her creative work as a solo artist and collaborator has won awards, including The Cultural Rucksack, Norway’s best performance in 2010. Maja describes her work as composer and performer as attempting dialogue, so we can look forward to beautiful, meditative music created between her cello and the natural ambience of the United Reform Church.

Website: http://majabugge.com

 
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JAZZ FESTIVAL | Marauders

Saturday 29 April 2017 From 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Venue: Rose & Crown, 21 Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 2BT Tel: 01200 442848 | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

DYNAMITE BLUES

Lancashire based Marauders have been together in one form or another since 1981.

Continuous gigging throughout the UK at most of the country's top blues clubs and festivals, has resulted in a demand for support and guest appearances by the Marauders, from such legends as Bo Diddley, Steve Gibbons Band, Climax Blues Band, to name just a few.

The Marauders have been the first act to open many a blues club including: Blackpool’s Kite Club, Fleetwood’s Blues Club, also appearing at the first Burnley and Colne festivals, the Farnham Maltings and many others.

A specially recorded session for the Paul Jones BBC Radio Show ‘Blues On Two' caught the attention of many a discerning listener nationwide, leading to a flood of requests for information and recordings.

he line-up at present is now a 4 piece, with the powerful harp of Chris ‘WIZZ’ Gee and the ‘Jimmy Vaughan Sound’ from guitar man Pete Konnanov, backed by the solid back beat of Andy Schemet on bass and (following the retirement of the amazing Henry Quick) the incredible Jon Lowe on drums.

https://en-gb.facebook.com/maraudersband/

 
YolanDa Brown

JAZZ FESTIVAL | YolanDa Brown Quartet

Saturday 29 April 2017 From 7:00pm, Stage: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk | Tickets: Tickets: £16.50 / £15.50 Members | Book now: from The Grand's website

Line-up:

Multi-award winning saxophonist and singer-songwriter YolanDa Brown is back on the road with her own show, after her second tour with Billy Ocean, and we are glad to welcome her to Clitheroe.

YolanDa Brown is one of the precious few truly independent artists whose DIY ethic hasn't hindered the progress of her career. She has spent several years on the jazz circuit, touring with The Temptations, Errol Brown, Courtney Pine and Diana Krall and collaborating with artists such as Mica Paris, Soweto Kinch and as part of Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. During this time she picked up a string of awards including 2 MOBO “Best Jazz” awards, the Urban Music “Best Jazz” award and the WIEA “Best Musician” award. She released her debut album “April Showers, May Flowers” in 2012, and it peaked at No. 1 on the iTunes and Amazon jazz charts.

YolanDa Brown now increasingly works within the charity sector, as ambassador for both the Prince's Trust and the Yamaha Class Band, an initiative encouraging children in underprivileged areas to pick up an instrument.

Her new show ‘Reggae Love Songs’ pays tribute to the greats such as Bob Marley, John Holt and Dennis Brown.

Website: www.yolandabrown.co.uk

 
Soft Machine

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Soft Machine | Support: Gary Boyle Quartet

Saturday 29 April 2017 From 8:00pm, Stage: 8:30pm to 11:00pm
Venue: St Michael and St John Social Centre, Lowergate, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 1AG | Tickets: Advance: £15 / £14 Members / £7.50 U16 | Book now: from The Grand's website

Soft Machine were one of the greatest UK avant/jazz-rock bands of all time and their work continues to be name-checked by today's hip experimentalists. The present band – who until recently toured under the name of “Soft Machine Legacy” - features three of the group's 1970s era members: John Etheridge (guitar), John Marshall (drums and percussion) and Roy Babbington (bass). The fourth member of the group is Theo Travis (sax, flute and keyboard), formerly of Gong and The Tangent, who joined Soft Machine Legacy in 2006.

 “Soft Machine Legacy is not a tribute project or an attempt to recreate the music of the 1970s. The music here is fresh, risky, and full of life. If (2013 CD) Burden of Proof proves anything, it's that the spirit of exploration in music remains alive and well. Fittingly so, because that's what Soft Machine was all about in the first place.” Dave Wayne. All About Jazz.

Line-up: Soft Machine: John Etheridge – guitar, John Marshall - drums and percussion, Roy Babbington- bass, Theo Travis - sax, flute and keyboard.

Website: http://www.johnetheridge.com/softmachinelegacy/

Tonight the band are supported by jazz-fusion guitar legend and ex-Isotope band leader Gary Boyle and his quartet. Ten years ago, Gary played in the first ever gig for the newly-formed Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues club, with vocalist Nancy Hunter launching her album “Ice Crean Inside”. So its great to welcome the ever-popular Gary Boyle back to Clitheroe to help us celebrate our 10th birthday!

Gary Boyle Quartet: Gary Boyle – guitar, Andrzej Baranek - piano, Bruce Reid – bass, Jonathan Hartley – drums.

Website: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/gary-boyle-mn0000133121/

FaceBook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/events/531195160230256/

 
Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Jalapenos

Saturday 29 April 2017 From 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Venue: The Aspinall Arms, Mitton Rd, Mitton, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9PQ | Tel: 01254 826 555 Web: www.brunningandprice.co.uk/aspinallarms | Tickets:

Line-up: Willy Fluss - guitar, Dave Luvin - bass

Guitar and Bass duo performing Jazz, Funk and Latin standards from the classic repertoire. These two skillful musicians will create the perfect atmosphere for late Saturday evening at the Aspinall Arms.

http://www.daveluvin.com

 
Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Night Train

Saturday 29 April 2017 From 9:00pm to 11:00pm
Venue: Maxwells Cafe Bar, King Street, Clitheroe BB7 2EU Tel: 01200 443906 Web: www.maxwellscafebar.co.uk | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

Line-up: Alec Martin - vocals, Wally Rumsey - guitar, Hadge Weller - bass, Rob Pusey - drums

NIGHT TRAIN have been doing the business on the local and national blues/rock scene for getting on for 39 years. Now slimmed down to a four piece, and with new guitarist WALLY RUMSEY, bassist HADGE WELLER, drummer ROB PUSEY and fronted by Boltons’ Alec Martin, responsible for Boltons famous ‘Buskers Ball’ open mic sessions which are reported to be one of the very first open mic sessions in the UK. Heavily influenced by the sound of Howling Wolf, Alec takes the old blues sound and mixes it in well with the more psychedelic blues/rock sounds of the late 60’s. Night Train are back....although they never really went away!

http://thenighttrain.webs.com

 
Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017

JAZZ FESTIVAL | The Armadillos

Saturday 29 April 2017 From 9:00pm to 11:00pm
Venue: Hoof & Rooster, York St, Clitheroe BB7 2DL | Tel: 01200 442959 | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

Led by the effervescent Greg Walker on guitar, mandolin, lap steel, dobro and lead vocals, The Armadillos play lively American roots good time music - Tex Mex, Swing, Blues, Cajun and other delights. Perfect for a Saturday evening at the Hoof & Rooster.

 
Jam experiment

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Jazz Jam with Jam Experiment

Saturday 29 April 2017 From 11:00pm to 1:00am
Venue: St Michael and St John Social Centre, Lowergate, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 1AG | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

Jam Experiment, Ribble Valley Jazz Fest's youthful Band-in-Residence will lead off our second festival jazz jam at St Michael & John's Social Centre, Clitheroe in a late-night session following on from Soft Machine. Jam Experiment will no doubt play a few tunes from their new CD 'Jam Experiment' whilst coaxing local and festival musicians to participate in a session celebrating improvisation, the essence of jazz music.

No advance booking needed from willing participants - just turn up with your instrument, make yourselves known, and the chance to perform with the band,to improvise and play solos from favourite tunes.will materialise. Any instrument - any level of experience!

 
shake rattle n roll

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Shake Rattle and Roll: Children's music workshop - Ages 0-4 - Two Separate Sessions

Sunday 30 April 2017 From 10:00am to 12:00pm
Venue: Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB | Tel: 01200 401035 | Tickets: Advance: £7 covers parent & child for 1 session. | Book now: The Grand website

Line-up: Workshop Leader - Beth Bishop; Brighter Sound - Kate Lowe

Brighter Sound presents Shake Rattle & Roll – musical fun for babies, toddlers aged 0 to 4, and their parents. Explore instruments, create sounds, sing songs, dance, move, socialise and make a big noise. Shake Rattle & Roll sessions give children the opportunity to explore, learn and build musical skills and understanding. Parents get a chance to learn new songs and lots of musically interactive activities and games to continue to sing and play at home. Shake Rattle & Roll sessions include new songs composed by Early Years music specialist Beth Bishop as well as some old favourites.

Two separate sessions:
at 10am to 10:50am Book here for session 1
and 11am – 11:50am Book here for session 2

Just 30 places at each session. Second Child in this age group comes free!

 

 
jam experiment

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Improvisation Masterclass with Jam Experiment

Sunday 30 April 2017 From 10:30am to 12:00pm
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk | Tickets: Advance: £15 / Members £14 / U16s and Observers £5 | Book now: from The Grand's website

Line-up: Rory Ingham - trombone, Alexander Bone - sax; Toby Comeau - keys, Joe Lee - bass, Jonathan Mansfield - drums

This Masterclass, lead by Jam Experiment band members, will be based around improvisation in small bands, developing techniques, identifying rehearsal strategies for individuals and their bands, and above all building self-confidence in playing solo within the small band format.  Masterclass participants, will be familiar with their instrument, and will have some experience of playing in a band.   They should bring their own instrument - all instruments welcome.   All attending musicians can have a play - Jam Experiment will play a tune or two of their own, probably from their debut album!

Age is no barrier to taking part, although the expectation is that young musicians will fill at least half of the 10 available places.  We will create space for observers for a rmodest ticket fee.  Jam Experiment will inspire musicians to start making, or continue developing, improvisation as a stronger part of their playing game!  

Jam Experiment is the first ever Band-in-Residence at this 8th Annual Festival.   They are a very experienced group of young, talented musicians who play regularly at club venues and festivals around the UK to excellent reviews.  As our Band-in-Residence, Jam Experiment are very busy during the festival!  Check through the festival brochure to discover when & where they are involved.  They will be playing in gigs, jazz jams, a presentation, and this masterclass!

The Jam Experiment are a quintet from Manchester who were the winners of 2014's Jazz North Introduces initiative to promote a young band form the north of England. Influenced by the likes of Christian McBride, Gwilym Simcock, Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny they aim to play exciting arrangements by band members and other composers.

You can to listen to their music beforehand, if you order their new debut album - ‘Jam Experiment’ from their web site, http://www.jamexperiment.com  - Click on ‘Album’ to order.   You will recognise the album cover!   The CD costs just £10, and you may get a signed copy!

*Ribble Valley Jazz will create follow-on opportunities for regular participation in local Improvisation Workshops after this Masterclass.

 
willy fluss

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Willy Fluss's Guitar Workshop - Accompanying a singer on solo guitar

Sunday 30 April 2017 From 11:00am to 12:30pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk | Tickets: Advance: £13 / £12 Members / U16s £5 | Book now: from The Grand's website

Line-up: Willy Fluss - guitar, Frances Lee - vocals

In the Pendle Room at Clitheroe Castle!

A unique workshop opportunity for aspiring jazz guitarists wanting to learn more about accompanying a singer with solo guitar. Workshop delivered by Lancashire's most talented, and highly experienced guitarist, supported by Frances Lee on vocals. Willy has supported Courtney Pine at Nantwich Jazz festival. Only 10 places!

 
Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Bandstand Sunday @ Holmes Mill

Sunday 30 April 2017 From 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB | Tel: 01200 401035 | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

Previous Festival Bandstand Days have been very popular, allowing everyone to enjoy a little outdoor music – when the weather permits! This year we have moved our Bandstand events to the courtyard of Holmes Mill, so you can have food and drink in between the acts.

Our 2017 Bandstand Sunday offers a combination of Big Band music from 3 terrific bands, with choral singing in between so there will always be something to listen to!

Kicking off at 12 noon is the York Music Forum Youth Jazz Orchestra, directed by Ian Chalk, making its debut at the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival. This band of young musicians will play tunes from their new CD, Soundwave.

After that, at 1 pm while the bands change over on the main stage, local singers The Grand Choir will keep you entertained with some familiar songs.

At 1.30 pm we make way for Band Massive – a combination of two great bands, The Jam Factory and Off The Rails, who are coming together under their directors Richard Ormerod and Ben McCabe to celebrate 20 years of performing for the public to great acclaim.

The Grand Choir are back at 2.30 pm for some more songs, and then there is another Festival debut at 3 pm when we welcome Stonyhurst College Band, and their music director Martyn Marshall, to bring this Bandstand Day to a close in style.

 
Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Robin Sunflower's Tribute to Toots Thieleman

Sunday 30 April 2017 From 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk | Tickets: FREE EVENT but donations welcome. Table booking advisable if eating.

Line-up: Robin Sunflower - chromatic harmonica, John Ellis - keyboard, Matt Owens - double bass, Danny Ward - drums.

Formed in 2012 to mark the 90th birthday of the late Toots Thielemans, the band re-form for one week each year to celebrate the occasion. Playing music exclusively from Toots’ repertoire ("Midnight Cowboy", "Sophisticated Lady" and "Bluesette" to name a few), harmonica maestro Robin Sunflower and three of Manchester’s finest jazz musicians create a deeply personal homage, having received acknowledgement from the man himself.

http://www.robinsunflower.com

 
Norma Winstone

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Norma Winstone & The Printmakers

Sunday 30 April 2017 From 1:30pm, Stage: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk | Tickets: Adv £16.50 / £15 Members / £10 U16s | Book now: from The Grand's website

Line-up: Mike Walker (guitar); James Maddren (drums); Norma Winstone (voice); Steve Watts (bass); Nikki Iles (piano and accordion); Mark Lockheart (tenor and soprano sax, bass clarinet)

Just turned 75 and “...at the peak of her form...” - according to Alyn Shipton in The Times - “...there is no jazz singer in the country to touch her.” As if hearing Grammy-nominated and ECM recording artist Norma Winstone MBE was not enough of a treat, here she as part of jazz supergroup The Printmakers. Led by Nikki Iles, one of the heroines of British jazz, and including “Impossible Gentleman” Mike Walker and Mark Lockheart, originally of Loose Tubes, the Printmakers should have “All-Stars” in the name, as every one of them is a leading figure in British contemporary jazz. Brought together by their collective love of song, The Printmakers’ music defies category and sets out to cross the boundaries that traditionally separate jazz, folk and the contemporary music world. This extraordinary group are bound to make for an evening to remember.

 “It’s remarkable how just five instruments and voice can suggest space and depth as they do.” Dave Gelly, The Observer

 Websites: http://www.normawinstone.com

 Listen to samples of the Printmakers' long-awaited debut recording, Westerly at www.theprintmakers.co.uk/discography/

 
Rick Shaw Limehouse boys

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Rick Shaw & Limehouse Laundry Boys

Sunday 30 April 2017 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 table booking advisable.

Featuring: Kev Morris - guitar; Ken Hickey - drums & vocals; Steve Devine - tenor sax; Johnny Clapham - bass guitar.

The Rick Shaw & the Limehouse Laundry Boys band is a regular at the Spread Eagle Hotel, and Ribble Valley Jazz Festival. This West Yorkshire band will bring you classic songs from a golden age of jazz! You will experience their own versions and many jazz standards including established favourite, Night Train, along with presentation of more modern numbers such as Green Dolphin Street. Come and relax into two hours of lunchtime jazz!

 
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JAZZ FESTIVAL | Ribble Valley Jazz Collective

Sunday 30 April 2017 From 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: The Aspinall Arms, Mitton Rd, Mitton, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9PQ | Tel: 01254 826 555 Web: www.brunningandprice.co.uk/aspinallarms | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

Line-up: Paul J Rigby - Band Director

Ribble Valley Jazz Collective was formed in 2012 and has since become a popular band at community and private events. The band, under Paul Rigby’s leadership, plays standard charts such as "Tuxedo Junction" to lesser known numbers such as "Crunchy Frog". They are sure to have your foot a-tapping! 

 
Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017

JAZZ FESTIVAL | The Gelatos

Sunday 30 April 2017 From 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: Maxwells Cafe Bar, King Street, Clitheroe BB7 2EU Tel: 01200 443906 Web: www.maxwellscafebar.co.uk | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

Line-up: Peter Riley - bass/vocals, Siena Lloyd - sax/clarinet/vocals, Bex Hughes - piano/vocals

The Gelatos are a high-energy, all-singing jazz trio playing songs from 1940's & 50's with an Italian Twist.   Song mix includes crooning hits such as "How Do You Like Your Eggs in the Morning?" and "Come Fly With Me", plus Italian classics like "Mambo Italiano" and "Volare".   They have a wealth of musical experience.  Peter and Siena are members of The Swing Commanders, the UK's no.1 western swing band.  Sit and listen, or dance the night away, The Gelatos are great for International Jazz Day!

Influences - Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald

 
Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Trish Ferrarin's Breaking Jazz

Sunday 30 April 2017 From 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: The Emporium, Moor Lane, Clitheroe BB7 1BE | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

Lively and energetic playing from this group of hardworking and talented young musicians, supported by popular keyboard player and tutor Trish Ferrarin.  Resident band for the Jazz Jam sessions at Holmes Mill, they will light up the Emporium for a couple of hours with some well known tunes to enjoy.

 
Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017

JAZZ FESTIVAL | The Mighty Revelators

Sunday 30 April 2017 From 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: Rose & Crown, 21 Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 2BT Tel: 01200 442848 | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

Line-up: Rick Lucas - lead guitar and vocals, Mark Hopkins - lead guitar and vocals, Aaron Lloyd - bass and vocals, Col Schofield - drums and vocals.

Endorsed by Paul Jones and with a brand-new album on the way, we are delighted to welcome The Mighty Revelators back to the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival. This seasoned bunch of blues musicians deliver their own brand of slick, funky Blues and surftastic guitar instrumentals. Be sure to put on your dancing shoes!

The Mighty Revelators got together in 2009 to play quality funky blues. Each member of the band has a wealth of experience from playing in several other, different bands over the years. Whilst each individual has certain influences, their mutual love of the blues and a desire to play tastefully and respectfully "for the song" become evident when they play. All of the band contribute to the songwriting process, and they choose to create new original songs rather than play the standards that we have heard many times before. In fact, the majority of their repertoire is original compositions. Great songs by great players. Influences are too numerous to mention them all, but you may hear a musical tip of the hat to players such as BB King, Bo Diddley, Ronnie Earl, Johnny Guitar Watson, Steve Cropper, Elmore James, Albert Collins, Roy Buchanan, The MGs, Little Feat, The Meters, The Allmans. The list goes on. The new album, 'Eyes on the Road' is due out very soon.

 
Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Mood Indigo - Willy Fluss & Frances Lee

Sunday 30 April 2017 From 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Venue: Esc CC, 10 Market Place, Clitheroe BB7 2DA
Web: www.escapecoffeeandcocktails.co.uk | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

Line-up: Will Fluss - guitar, Frances Lee - vocals

Willy Fluss and Frances Lee are Mood Indigo. Willy's superb guitar playing combined with souful vocals from Frances inspire music ranging from original interpretations of the American Songbook Classics to earthy Blues and groove based Soul, R&B and Reggae. Great for EsCC's Cocktail & Coffee Bar! 

 
Jay Phelps Quartet

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Jay Phelps Quartet supported by Firebird

Sunday 30 April 2017 From 3:30pm, Stage: 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Venue: Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB | Tel: 01200 401035 | Tickets: Advance: £19.50 / £18.50 Members / £5 U16s | Book now: from The Grand's website

Line-up: Jay Phelps Quartet: Jay Phelps - trumpet, Rick Simpson - piano, Mark Lewandowski - bass, Tom Scott - drums. Firebird: Ian Chalk - trumpet, Martin Longhawn - piano, John Marley - double bass, Tim Carter - drums.

One Ticket: Two Bands & Food - A double-bill of outstanding contemporary jazz!
 
The Festival’s debut gig at Holmes Mill is an attractive double bill featuring Canadian-born, London-based trumpeter/vocalist Jay Phelps with quartet, supported by Jazz North Ambassador band  Firebird Quartet. Your bargain ticket covering both bands and food gives a relaxing & convenient late afternoon/early evening session in Clitheroe’s stunning new venue. Firebird Quartet play from 4.30pm till 5.45pm when food is served.
 
Melt-in-the-mouth locally sourced pulled pork, topped with crunchy slaw and your choice of sauces all served on a brioche bun. Vegetarian & dietary requirements catered for on request - Enquiries to: 01200 401835
 
Jay Phelps Quartet brings the session to a climax from 6.15pm. 
 
Jay Phelps Quartet

Trumpeter Jay Phelps is at the forefront of a young and creative generation of jazz musicians in the UK. Vancouver-born Jay moved to London in 1999, immediately attracting the notice of Gary Crosby and Jazz Jamaica. Jay went on to create the hip jazz sensation Empirical, garnering worldwide media attention. He has worked with a host of top international jazz artists including Courtney Pine, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Brown, Jamie Cullum. Amy Winehouse, Hugh Masakela and Soweto Kinch. Here, he leads his Quartet, a group of young musicians dedicated to contemporary music of many genres and textures, displaying influences of jazz both modern and traditional. Expect new material from Phelps’ highly anticipated second album.

Website: http://www.jayphelpsmusic.net

 

Firebird Quartet
Jazz North Ambassador & Northernline artists, the Firebird Quartet, are based in the north. The band plays contemporary jazz underpinned by solid, pure swing, rooted in the melodic jazz of the ‘60s & ‘70s, and the present day. Performing original compositions with energy and driving grooves, and music of great contemporary jazz composers, Firebird deliver enough sophistication for jazz aficionados, with a sense of groove any audience will enjoy. Firebird enjoys residencies at ‘The Phoenix’ in York and several more established jazz venues in the north.

Website: www.firebirdquartet.net

     

 
Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Eric Ainsworth Trio with Irene Martin

Sunday 30 April 2017 From 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Venue: Inn at the Station, King St, Clitheroe BB7 2EU | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

Line-up: Eric Ainsworth - piano, Ken Marley - double bass, Jimmy Scaife - drums, Irene Martin - vocals.

It wouldn't be the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival without an appearance from our very own jazz legend, the ever-popular Eric Ainsworth on piano, along with the highly experienced backline of Ken Marley and Jimmy Scaife. Singing with the trio today we welcome Irene Martin, one of the top vocalists on the North West jazz circuit, making her Ribble Valley Jazz Festival debut.

 
Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Jacky Bond Band

Sunday 30 April 2017 From 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Venue: British Legion, 43 Whalley Road, Clitheroe BB7 1EE | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

Line-up: Jacky Bond - harmonica & vocals, Terry Lee - bass, Jim Bannister - guitar, Paul Darlington - drums

The British Legion hosts the Jacky Bond Band on festival Sunday. Jacky, a legendary blues harmonica player/singer, appeared in the 60's with the Hurgs, and performed on the same bill with top bands on the British Blues Rock scene incuding John Mayall's Blues Breakers, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones.

Website: http://jackybondband.co.uk

Further details about the Jacky Bond Band

Since the 60s Jacky Bond has been a legendary blues harmonica player and singer, a founder member of the Hurgs, and later Blind Eye with the great Brian Roberts on guitar, performing on the same Bill with bands in the top echelon of the British Blues Rock Scene, eg 10 Years After, John Mayall's Blues Breakers, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Taste, Pink Floyd, Free and the Stones, earning praise from John Mayall and Eric Clapton, no less!

Jack emigrated to South Africa in 1982 where he joined top blues band The Rhythm Method, performing regularly on radio and the Blues Room on SATV and a notable performance in front of Nelson Mandela on his homecoming. Jack also teamed up with guitarist Wayne Coughlan to become a resident blues duo on the famous Radium Beer Hall in Jo'burg.

Jacky came home to his native St.Helens in 2007 and formed the present Jacky Bond band with Mel Preston on drums, Chris Greaves on guitar and Terry Lee on bass, Mel and Chris were replaced with Norman "Marvo" Speed and Joe Duckworth and later, Jim Bannister on guitar and Paul Darlington, drums to complete the present line up.

Jack's soulfull vocals and superlative harmonica playing have wowed audiences at home and abroad. Combining a natural stage persona with a warm empathy for every audience, Jacky's gigs are guaranteed to get the house rocking wherever he plays. With his experienced,talented rhythm and blues outfit providing a classic mix of Blues, Rock 'n Roll and Swing, The Jacky Bond Band never fails to deliver a great night for all.

 
Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Midnite Johnny Band

Sunday 30 April 2017 From 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Venue: Rose & Crown, 21 Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 2BT Tel: 01200 442848 | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

Midnite Johnny has worked extensively throughout his native USA and has established a reputation as one of South Florida’s most powerful blues guitarists. A lead/slide guitarist and vocalist specialising in blues, blues rock and R & B, guitar style reminiscent of Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Freddie King and Buddy Guy. One of South Florida’s hottest musicians whose resume includes work with Bo Diddley, Harvey Mandel (Canned Heat), Warren Ceaser and many more. This veteran of the blues scene employs a library of riffs from Freddy King to Otis Rush and Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughn along with his own original material. Since relocating to the UK, Midnite Johnny has fast built a dedicated following throughout Europe. With his band they offer a wide ranging and varied array of Blues, R&B and Roots Rock. The bands vast influences and experiences take them to a place where "The Roots Of Blues Meet The Hard Edge Of Classic Rock & Roll”.

 
Riot Jazz Band

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Riot Jazz Band + Support: BluFunk Syndicate

Sunday 30 April 2017 From 7:30pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 12:30am
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk | Tickets: Advance: £15 / £14 Members / £10 U16s | Book now: from The Grand's website

Line-up: Riot Jazz Brass Band is a 9-piece brass band made up of trumpets, trombones, a sousaphone, drums and an MC. They play a uniquely twisted mix of funk, soul, hip-hop and aggressive jazz.

The band began its journey in Manchester but its sprawling journey has seen Riot Jazz stamp their authority on London audiences and feature at festivals around the world over the past seven years.  Recent performances include West Holts Stage at Glastonbury, The Big Red Tent at Womad, Soundwave Festival (Croatia), Kendal Calling, London Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival as well as being invited to play on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch and at Ted X talks in Salford.

The Riot Jazz Brass Band navigate a minefield of original peace-lovin' aggro jazz, hip hop samples, funked-up favourites and re-interpreted dubstep, drum'n'bass and dance floor bangers that never fail to send limbs flying!

This is good time, original music performed by a hugely talented pool of musicians.  Check out their last album 'Incoming' for uncompromising proof.
 
The band will be supported by the Ribble Valley's own Blu Funk Syndicate, who will be up first, playing a mix of dance floor inducing slabs of jazz-funk selections.  The evening will finish with a DJ from 11pm until close.

Website: www.riotjazz.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/riotjazzrepublic

 
junior jam

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Junior Jam - Children's Music Workshop (Age 5-8) - Two Separate Sessions at 10am and 1pm

Monday 1 May 2017 From 10:00am to 2:30pm
Venue: Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB | Tel: 01200 401035 | Tickets: Advance: £10 (parent & child) | Book now: The Grand website

Line-up: Workshop Leader - Tim Chatterton; Chris Fower - Education Manager - pBone; Brighter Sound - Kate Lowe

Ticket covers parent & child for workshop and performance. Second child from the same family comes free!

Brighter Sound presents Junior Jam - Two separate Sessions available – a jam-packed music session for children aged four to eight. Junior Jam gives children the chance to develop music skills in a fun and friendly way with musical games and activities, including time to experiment, play with instruments and socialise.This special edition Jazz Festival Junior Jam will feature guest instruments the pBone, pTrumpet and pBuzz – the first brass instruments made from plastic! A fun and easy introduction to music making for children of any ability.

Book for either of the two workshops with The Grand - taking place  from 10am to 11.30am, and 1pm to 2.30pm. After each workshop there will be an opportunity for children (and parents?) to participate in a 10 minute pBand 'performance', in a marquee at Holmes Mill outside the main entrance. Come and join in the pBand workshop – and performances - lead by music specialists Tim Chatterton and Chris Fower. Event flyeres will be distributed through nuseries and junior schools.

More about Bright Sound on http://www.brightersound.com
 
10-11.30 (with a short break) 
then performance 1 directly afterwards for 10 minutes or so
 
1-2.30 (again with a short break) 
and performance 2 straight after
 
We would introduce the instruments and teach a 5 note scale and then learn a simple tune / riff and some basic improv to feed into the performance. Performances to be quite informal!

 
Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Gobble-de-Gook

Monday 1 May 2017 From 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk | Tickets: FREE EVENT but donations welcome. Table booking advisable if eating.

Gobble de Gook play a heady mix of original compositions drawing on Latin, jazz and European folk music. Lead by Xtof Lheureux on vocals, percussion and guitar who demands, through massive energy, that the audience become involved often leading to dancing and call answer responses spurred on by the bands’ infectious rhythms and cutting melodies. The seven piece band is populated by some of the finest musicians in Lancaster. Lively world flavours to get the final day of the festival weekend off with a real bang!

Event Sponsored by Paul Ellis

 
Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Bandstand Monday @ Holmes Mill

Monday 1 May 2017 From 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB | Tel: 01200 401035 | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

The Festival Bandstand Days have always been popular, allowing everyone to enjoy a little outdoor music – when the weather permits! This year we have moved our Bandstand events to the courtyard of Holmes Mill, so you can have food and drink in between the acts.

At 12 noon, starting things off on this Bank Holiday Monday, is QEGS Jazz Band. Trish Ferrarin, a popular local jazz musician and tutor, presents a new small band from Blackburn's Queen Elizabeth Grammar School having their first taste of the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival.  A  10 minute Junior Jam Workshop performance follows.

Come 1 pm - The  7-piece Brazilian Project - Alto player Phil Woods claimed Brazilians the most musical people on earth. Almost everybody knows Antonio Carlos Jobim's 'Girl from Ipanema' - fewer are aware of the beauty of his songs 'Fotografia' or 'Passarim'. January marked the great man's 90th birthday, a good time to celebrate Jobim's wonderful catalogue along with music emanating from luminaries such as Baden Powell de Aquino, Joao Donato, Joao Gilberto, and Marcos Valle? You'll end up on your feet!

Accrington Academy musicians take the stage at 2 pm, led by their director Lisa Clarke giving young musicians from two Academy bands to shine.  Watch out for Junior Jam workshop 10 minute performance at the end of this set.

At 3 pm the Jake Leg Jug Band bring you the authentic sounds of 1920's and 30's America - Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Ragtime - putting on their own twist. Songs of murder, betrayal, gambling, liquor and redemption! The band's three albums released in the last three years - "Cotton Mouth", "Next Stop!" and "Everythin’s Jake" - all have rave reviews. The Jazz Rag says "Good-time music from a good-time group". What better way to close Bandstand events at Holmes Mill!  A splendid band for Monday's festival finale!

 
Wrong Notes

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Django Reinhardt, the first European Jazz Guitar Hero - Performance/Presentation

Monday 1 May 2017 From 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Venue: United Reformed Church, Castlegate, Clitheroe BB7 1AZ Web: www.clitheroeunitedreformedchurch.org.uk | Tickets: Advance: £5 / £4 Members / U16s free | Book now: from The Grand's website

United Reformed Church is a good setting on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon for an illustrated performance celebrating the music of Django Reinhardt by The Wrong Notes, a quartet specialising in Hot Club-style gypsy jazz. Django Reinhardt, one of the great improvisers of the swing era, with astonishing virtuosity, was arguably the first major non-American jazz artist and guitar hero. Django's music fused American swing, classical music and gypsy music to create a unique sound, and he is venerated by a whole host of musicians from jazz greats including Duke Ellington, B.B.King, George Harrison & Willie Nelson. Professor Hampton-Reeves of UCLan will discuss Django's achievements and influences on modern music.

DJANGO: THE FIRST EUROPEAN JAZZ GUITAR HERO
An illustrated performance seminar on the life and music of Django Reinhardt
 
Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves will give a talk introducing Django and re-evaluating his importance as arguably the first major non-American jazz artist and the first guitar hero. As one of the great improvisers of the swing era, Django had a major influence on musical improvisation.  He dazzled Parisian audiences in the 1930s and 40s with his astonishing virtuosity and musicians travelled from all over the world to see the ‘Art Tatum’ of the guitar. Django’s music fused American swing, classical music and gypsy music to create a unique sound. Modern music owes Django so much – he is venerated by a whole host of musicians from jazz greats like Duke Ellington and B.B.King to George Harrison, Hank Marvin and Willie Nelson. Professor Hampton-Reeves will discuss Django’s achievements and influence in the context of Europe’s creative response to American jazz in the inter-war years.
 
The talk will be illustrated by performances of Django’s music by The Wrong Notes, a quartet specialising in Hot Club-style gypsy jazz. Tunes will include many of Django’s own compositions alongside jazz standards which Django regularly played and ‘gyspy’ waltzes from the Parisian ‘bals musette’ They play authentic recreations of the Hot Club style and have been trained in ‘gypsy jazz’ technique.

 
Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017

JAZZ FESTIVAL | BluFunk Syndicate

Monday 1 May 2017 From 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: The Aspinall Arms, Mitton Rd, Mitton, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9PQ | Tel: 01254 826 555 Web: www.brunningandprice.co.uk/aspinallarms | Tickets: FREE EVENT but table booking advisable.

Line-up: Paul J Rigby - Band Director

Blufunk Syndicate, appearing in the outdoor marquee at Aspinall Arms, is a 16-piece fortress of 20% Jazz and 80% Funk. This popular band has surged to success under Paul J Rigby's leadership since November 2014. Selling out local shows, Blufunk Syndicate fill the dance floor with infectious funky grooves and outstanding jazz solos. The band covers classic tunes by James Brown, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Stevie Wonder and Tina Turner.

Blufunk Syndicate, formed in 2014 by Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues, is a community inspired band comprising young and mature local musicians bringing different levels of skills and experience that help it to mature into a fine band.   Tuesday evening rehearsals give the band experience with new tunes and give band members the maturity to deliver good solos.  The band welcomes enquiries from local musicians looking for a band experience, and from venues wishing to book a vibrant band for a gig.   Enquiries to: - info@rvjazzandblues.co.uk 

 
Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Paul Farr Trio

Monday 1 May 2017 From 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: Rose & Crown, 21 Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 2BT Tel: 01200 442848 | Tickets: FREE EVENT!

Line-up: Paul Farr - guitar, Luke Flowers - drums, Huw Jacob - bass

Paul Farr has worked as a session guitarist for many years and in that time he has played with or recorded for the likes of Errol Brown, Tom Jones, Lilly Allen, Corinne-Bailey Rae, Joss Stone and many more. Paul is currently the guitarist with top UK blues vocalist Kyla Brox but this year we are delighted to be able to welcome Paul’s own trio to the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival for the first time. His trio consists of one of the UK’s most respected drummers Luke Flowers (Cinematic Orchestra, The Breath, Kandace Springs) and Manchester based session bass man and teacher Huw Jacob. 'The Paul Farr Trio 'is an instrumental group playing Farr's original music. Mixing jazz, blues, funk and whatever else you can think of, it has been gigging for the last 8 years at jazz venues and festivals around the country. A Monday afternoon treat at The Rose & Crown!

 
Jeremy Sassoon

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Jeremy Sassoon's Ray Charles Project

Monday 1 May 2017 From 3:30pm, Stage: 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk | Tickets: Advance: £15 / £14 Members / £10 U16s | Book now: from The Grand's website

Line-up: Jeremy Sassoon (singer/pianist); Iain Dixon (tenor sax/MD); Richard Hammond (bass); Phil Johnson (drums); Mike Walker (guitar); Steve Parry (trumpet); Alexander Bone (alto sax); Ellie Smith (trombone); Zoe Kyoti, Clare Morel and Rosie Douglas (backing vocals)

Jeremy Sasson and his 11-piece band pay tribute to the music of Ray Charles, with a fantastic selection of classic tunes including Hit The Road Jack and Georgia On My Mind, together with rarer songs for the hardened Ray Charles fans among you. The Ray Charles Project has headlined six shows at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, fronted a Ray Charles 85th Birthday celebration at The Jazz Cafe, Camden, and received a memorable standing ovation at a full Cadogan Hall in Chelsea. Cheadle's Jeremy Sassoon perfectly captures the sound and style of Ray’s singing and piano playing, on spectacular arrangements written by Clitheroe's very own reed virtuoso Iain Dixon (BBC Big Band, Michael Brecker, Joni Mitchell, Bryan Ferry). The Ray Charles Project also features renowned guitarist Mike Walker, and 2014 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Alex Bone on sax. With the hugely exciting accompaniment of dazzling horns and a burning rhythm section, all topped off with the fabulous harmony vocals of the three female vocalists, it is no wonder that "Jeremy had the venue rocking from beginning to end...” at the Jazz Café, Camden.

 "Exhilarating!" London Jazz News

 "Truly, a most memorable show!” The Jazz Cafe, Camden

 Website: http://www.jeremysassoon.com/theraycharlesproject.html

 

Artists and details correct at time of publishing but may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
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JAZZ FESTIVAL 2017 SUPPORTERS AND SPONSORS
Clitheroe Council, Ribble Valley Borough Council, Lancashire County CouncilThe Grand, Cloudspotting, Jazz NorthUnistage, Dugdale Nutrition, Fatface, The Local Herald
Supported and Funded by Arts Council England