All the Jazz Club Gigs


Gordon Vernick trio

MONTHLY CLUB GIG | From the USA - the Gordon Vernick Trio

Friday 22 November 2019   From 7:00pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Venue: Clitheroe Rugby Club, Littlemoor Rd, Clitheroe BB7 1EW Tel: 01200 422261 | Tickets: Adv £12 / £10 members | Book Now: from The Grand's website

Gordon Vernick is director of the GSU Faculty Jazztet which performs regularly in Atlanta and has appeared at the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the High Museum Jazz Series, the International Association for Jazz Education Conference and many other venues in the southeast.

He has performed with such world-renown jazz artists as Kenny Werner, Clare Fischer, John Hart, Kevin Hays, Conrad Herwig, Marc Copland, Randy Brecker, Paul McCandless, and many others.

His podcasts, Jazz Insights, have been featured on numerous websites including the New York Times and have been downloaded over 20 million times since May 2009. All 240 podcasts are available at his website His CD, The Strangest Thing, was released on Jbird Records in May 2008 and his most recent CD, Destination, was released in May 2012.  He plays Schagerl trumpets and an Adams flugelhorn.

Organised by Wigan Jazz Club to help raise the profile of the Wigan International Jazz Festival this is Gordon’s third visit to the UK.
On this regional tour he will be performing gigs in:
  • Oldham as adjudicator for the National Concert Band Festival Big Band section
  • Wigan where he will present a big band clinic for Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • Liverpool University where he will present an improvisation workshop with students of the University plus an evening gig - the Phil Shotton Quartet,
  • Scarborough Jazz Club where he will perform with the Martin Longhawn Trio,
  • Chesterfield Jazz Club performing with Wendy Kirkland Quartet,
  • Ribble Valley Jazz Club at Clitheroe Cricket Club
  • Wigan in concert with Wigan Youth Big Band & Youth Jazz Orchestra and
  • Wigan Jazz Club with Tony Ormesher Duo.

The Bistro at Holmes Mill Clitheroe

The Ed Lomax Trio with star guest Lyn Fairbanks - Bistro Dinner Jazz

Sunday 24 November 2019   From 6:00pm, Stage: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Venue: Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB | Web: | Tickets: FREE for dinners

Featuring: Ed Lomax - keyboard; Dave Turner - double bass; Gair Carson - sax, flute; Lyn Fairbanks - vocals.

Lyn Fairbanks will be singing at this Dinner Jazz event with the wonderful Ed Lomax accompanying some fine wine and Cordon Bleu cuisine. You can relax to the unique sounds of Jobim’s Brazil, enjoy the romantic swinging standards from Jerome Kern and Cole Porter. You will hear many familiar tunes in a fine setting. Listen out for the atmospheric version of “The Shadow of Your Smile” featuring Gair Carson on alto flute. And listen out for Lyn Fairbanks delightful vocals!

This band will introduce some well known, experienced and classy musicians who have performed at all ten Ribble Valley Jazz Festivals, and frequently at other dinner jazz gigs in the Ribble Valley.  

Ed Lomax’s band will bring perfect sounds, accompanied by wit and wisdom, to make this a very special dinner jazz occasion!

Ribble Valley Jazz


Saturday 14 December 2019   From 7:00pm, Stage: 8:30pm to 11:30pm
Venue: Clitheroe Rugby Club, Littlemoor Rd, Clitheroe BB7 1EW Tel: 01200 422261 | Tickets: FREE! Food Available!

Spread Eagle at Sawley

Ribble Valley Jazz Big Band

Sunday 15 December 2019   From 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 | Web: | Tickets: SOLD OUT - Please note change of start time to 1.30pm

Sorry, but we're sold out. Please also notice the earlier start time at 1.30pm.

Ribble Valley Jazz Big Band has been presenting a fine portfolio of famous big band tunes to audiences across East Lancashire to splendid applause! The band returns to the Spread Eagle for a Christmas Special which will give you a rousing and entertaining performance laced with solos and renditions of top American big band tunes. Reserve a table for afternoon dinner and jazz in good time. The band’s Christmas concerts sell out early!


MONTHLY CLUB GIG | The Manchester Jazz Collective

Friday 10 January 2020   From 7:00pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Venue: Clitheroe Rugby Club, Littlemoor Rd, Clitheroe BB7 1EW Tel: 01200 422261 | Tickets: £12/£10 members, under 18s £5 | Book Now: Available soon.

Rich orchestration rubs shoulders with Middle-Eastern harmonies, Afro-Jazz and and even Heavy Metal, defying stylistic categorisation!

This is a highly energised and focussed unit with more than a hint of 'Loose Tubes', so they should have some resonance with our own community bands.

Line-up: Kyran Mathews, Jeff Guntren, Emily Burkhardt all on saxes, woodwinds / Nick Walters & Graham Smith - trumpets / Ellie Smith - trombone / Rich McVeigh - bass trombone / Andrew Stamatakis-Brown on piano / Paul Baxter - bass / Johnny Hunter - drums.  £12 and £10 (Northern Line supported)

Ribble Valley Jazz Festival 2020 Clitheroe

JAZZ FESTIVAL | Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues Festival

Friday 1 May 2020 - Sunday 3 May 2020  
Venue: Various Venues around Clitheroe | Tickets: Lots of Ticketed and Free Events | Book Now: Sign up to our newsletter here to get announcements and discounts

Save the Dates!

The Jazz & Blues Festival will be on the weekend of 1st, 2nd and 3rd of May 2020.

Usually this is a Bank Holiday weekend but due to the VE day celebrations the Bank Holiday will now be on the Friday 8th May. (It confused us for a while too!) There will be a variety of services and events in and around Clitheroe to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE day so we decided to have the festival on the first weekend to avoid any clashes.

So instead of fives days we will have to condense the festival into 3! It's going to be a challenge but we have lots of great ideas and a host of acts we'd like to book. Keep an eye out for advanced notice via our festival website or sign up to our newsletter and receive discounts on early-bird tickets.

Ribble Valley Jazz Festival 2020 Clitheroe


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