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Alan Barnes & Dave Newton

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Alan Barnes & Dave Newton

Thursday 3 May 2018 From 6:00pm, Stage: 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Venue: Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB | Tel: 01200 401035 | Tickets: Adv £12 / £10 members | Book now: from The Grand's website

Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues is delighted to have Alan Barnes and David Newton open the 2018 Ribble Valley Jazz Festival. 

No surprise that these two very popular and immensely talented UK musicians have headed up numerous UK jazz festivals, and are making welcome returns to a Ribble Valley stage, albeit making a debut at Clitheroe’s popular new venue, Holme’s Mill.  Alan & Dave have been playing duets together for over many years. As multi award-winners they both cover a vast repertoire from Louis Armstrong to Chick Corea and play with an empathy that can only come with long experience. The emphasis, as always, is on swinging, accessibility and interplay.  Not only that, it is notable that their performances are very accessible, and extremely engaging. Possibly the best festival opening gig in 8 years.

Playing in support are the young Burton-in-Kendal band, Muskrat Ramble, who appeared at Lancaster Jazz Festival 2017, and who will “ … bring the swing to anything!”

His recorded catalogue is immense.  He has made over thirty albums as leader and co-leader alone, and the list of his session and side-man work includes Bjork, Bryan Ferry, Michel LeGrande, Clare Teale, Westlife, Jools Holland and Jamie Cullum. He has toured and played residencies with such diverse and demanding figures as Ruby Braff, Freddie Hubbard, Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache, Ken Peplowski, Harry Allen and Conte Candoli.

Alan Barnes’s unique musicianship, indefatigable touring, and warm rapport with audiences have made him uniquely popular in British jazz.  He has received over 25 British Jazz Awards, in 2014 and 2017 for clarinet, and has twice been made BBC Jazz Musician of the Year.

Dave Newton had a musical upbringing with the piano trio sound of Peterson, Tatum or Garner an ever-present feature in the Newton household. Graduating from Leeds College of Music in 1979 he freelanced around Yorkshire, becoming resident musician at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough for two and a half years.  After four years on the Edinburgh jazz scene, his old college roommate, Alan Barnes, persuaded a move to London where he teamed up with Alan Barnes, guitarist Martin Taylor and saxophonist Don Weller.

His recording career had begun in 1985 with Buddy De Franco and Martin Taylor, and a solo album was released in ’88. David Newton and Alan Barnes teamed up again in 1997 making four CDs on the Concord label. By 2003, Newton has set up Brightnewday Records with Mike Daymond, a vehicle for his own music and later on, for other artists later.

 
Clare Teal Trio

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Clare Teal Trio

Friday 4 May 2018 From 7:00pm, Stage: 7:45pm to 10:00pm
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk | Tickets: £24 Advance | Book now: from The Grand's website

2018 will be the 9th festival and The Grand is delighted to be able to announce the first headline guest.
 
One of the UK’s greatest interpreters of song and much loved performers, Clare Teal, and her trio, will headline at The Grand on Friday, May 4th.
 
This will be the first time Clare has performed in Clitheroe since 2013.
 
As much as she loves fronting her Big Band or her Hollywood Orchestra, award winning vocalist and Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal still revels in performing in more intimate venues accompanied by piano, bass and drums.
 
From swing to sublime ballads, Clare’s concerts with her Trio are renowned across the country for their fabulous arrangements interspersed with Clare’s warm and witty storytelling guaranteeing the audience something personal and very special.
 
The rich, jazz infused repertoire explores timeless classics penned by the legendary musical storytellers of the last 100 years, and celebrates giants of the Great American and British Songbooks through to the work of more contemporary writers crafting the standards of today plus Clare’s own original compositions.
 
The eclectic song list will include music from Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn, Rodgers and Hammerstein, honouring the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson and Peggy Lee.
 
Clare and her Trio promise a sparkling night of inspired music and unbridled entertainment, performed by the very best.
 
Doors: 7pm
Stage: 7.45pm
Tickets: £24 ADV
Curfew: 10pm

 
Bugge Wesseltoft

Bugge Wesseltoft (Workshop)

Saturday 5 May 2018 From 5:45pm, Stage: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Venue: See below | Tickets: £10 ADV / £8 ADV Members | Book now: from The Grand's website

WORKSHOP

This intimate hour-long workshop from Norweigan jazz pianist and composer Bugge Wesseltoft will give an insight into his career as a musician and his approach to his art.  It will include anecdotes and pieces of music and will be an exclusive opportunity to get up close and personal to one of Europe's most distinguished jazz musicians.

There is no musician or artist in the world that is not inspired by others. However, the important thing is to let inspiration develop, to work towards finding a unique means of personal expression. This is what I believe and is what I have always tried to achieve … to find my own thing, my own voice. I dont want to be another carbon copy of any great musician, past or present: I don’t see the point of that. There have been so many good things done before, but one must find ones own sound.
Bugge Wesseltoft

Since the early 1990´s Bugge Wesseltoft has made an impressive, truly post-modern transistion from his ECM nordic jazz traditions. Playing and recording together with the likes of Jan Garbarek, Sidsel Endresen, Terje Rypdal, Nils Petter Molvaer, Jon Eberson to forming his own innovative New Conception Of Jazz group and exquisite label “Jazzland Recordings”.

Since 2004, Bugge has been developing a solo project. As you can expect from Bugge, his solo work covers a broad spectrum: from melodic piano parts to experimental and atonal music and noise (and even manages to find space to integrate a new version of a standard). Many rhythms and grooves, both primeval and modern, are looped and entwined, and often sounds are distorted and reshaped on the fly; the concerts have a strong free improvisational component.

Wesseltoft is multi-decorated with critics prizes for creating a unique, fresh blend of “modern jazz”.

Please note: Member tickets only available through Box Office, quoting membership number.

 
Bugge Wesseltoft

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Bugge Wesseltoft

Saturday 5 May 2018 From 7:30pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk | Tickets: £18 ADV / £17 ADV Members | Book now: from The Grand's website

Ribble Valley Jazz Festival is honoured to welcome the visionary Norweigan keyboardist, composer and producer Bugge Wesseltoft to perform at the 2018 festival.  It will be Bugge's first visit to the festival.

“There is no musician or artist in the world that is not inspired by others. However, the important thing is to let inspiration develop, to work towards finding a unique means of personal expression. This is what I believe and is what I have always tried to achieve … to find my own thing, my own voice. I don't want to be another carbon copy of any great musician, past or present: I don’t see the point of that. There have been so many good things done before, but one must find ones own sound.”

Since the early 1990´s Bugge Wesseltoft has made an impressive, truly post-modern transition from his ECM nordic jazz traditions. Playing and recording together with the likes of Jan Garbarek, Sidsel Endresen, Terje Rypdal, Nils Petter Molvaer, Jon Eberson to forming his own innovative New Conception Of Jazz group and exquisite label “Jazzland Recordings”.

Since 2004, Bugge has been developing a solo project. As you can expect from Bugge, his solo work covers a broad spectrum: from melodic piano parts to experimental and atonal music and noise (and even manages to find space to integrate a new version of a standard). Many rhythms and grooves, both primeval and modern, are looped and entwined, and often sounds are distorted and reshaped on the fly; the concerts have a strong free improvisational component.

Wesseltoft is multi-decorated with critics prizes for creating a unique, fresh blend of “modern jazz”.

Bugge released a beautiful solo piano album "Everybody Loves Angels" in October 2017, something, conceptually, as a follow up to his groundbreaking "It's Snowing on My Piano" album, released 20 years earlier.

Bugge's live performance will be preceded by an hour long workshop, where he will talk exclusively to the audience about his career and music.

 

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