All the Jazz Club Gigs


We have our monthly club gigs (highlighted in blue) and a range of other events from diner jazz to jam jazz to major concerts at The Grand Theatre.

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JAZZ FESTIVAL | Early Bird Freedom Tickets - Stage 2

Sunday 7 May 2017 From 11:59pm to 11:59pm
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: | Tickets: £99 Advance, members £89 Advance | Book now: Pay at The Grand or contact Geoff at

30 Early Bird tickets are available at £99.00 Adv (non members) £89.00 Adv (Jazz Club members). LAST DAY 31th DECEMBER!

After the 31th December they go up to £109 and £99 members.

If you were to buy tickets separately it would cost over £140!

These are payable by cheque only, to 'Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues' and will be sold on a "first-come, first-served" basis. You can bring your cheque to The Grand Venue Box Office, (01200 421599) or send it via post to Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues, 11 Windsor Avenue, Clitheroe, BB7 1QQ.  

The Dave O’Higgins Quartet

MONTHLY CLUB GIG | The Dave O’Higgins Quartet

Friday 24 November 2017 From 5:00pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: | Tickets: Advance: £12 / Members £10 / U18s £5 - On the door £13 / Members £11 / U18s £5 | Book now: from The Grand's website

Saxophonist Dave O’Higgins, will play some of the most swinging music you will hear today. Straight ahead jazz firmly in the harmonic and melodic tradition, Dave has worked with an array of top musicians including Jason Rebello, Jimmy Smith, Ray Charles, Kyle Eastwood, Jamie Cullum and Darius Brubeck.

Dave OHiggins, born 1964 in Birmingham, England to Irish / Mexican father and English mother. Having studied music at The City University in London, Dave’s first big breaks were with John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, and Icelandic jazz-funk band, Mezzoforte.

As well as the solo projects, Dave is a busy guest soloist across the globe, runs a small jazz recording studio, and teaches at the London College of Creative Media.

Appearing with Dave are:

Geoff Gascoyne on bass: one of the UK's most in demand bass player/composer/arranger/producer/ educators. In a 25 year career he has performed and recorded with Michel Legrand, Georgie Fame, Sting, Van Morrison, Bill Bruford, Peter King, Benny Golson and Jamie Cullum, with whom he was bassist, MD and arranger for 7 years. Geoff has also released 8 CDs as a band leader, produced albums by Jacqui Dankworth and Josh Kyle and teaches at LCCM. Geoff has just released his first iPhone application, Jazz Session Band, a loop based jazz play-along.

Dutch drummer, Sebastiaan de Krom, studied at Berklee School of Music and lives between London & Belgium. He was with Jamie Cullum at the same time as Geoff and there they struck a terrific rapport. He tours with Ray Gelato and is one of the most in demand jazz drummers in Europe.

Pianist Graham Harvey studied music at Denver University, and is currently busy with Stacey Kent. He was MD of the funk group, Incognito, at the time they had their biggest hits (Positivity, Tribes Vibes and Scribes) and has also toured with George Benson.

Expect a mixture of originals and standards from the latest recording, ‘It’s Always 9.30 in Zog’. Enough said!

Line-up: Dave O’Higgins - tenor & soprano saxes; Sebastiaan de Krom - drums;  Geoff Gascoyne - bass; Graham Harvey - piano/keys.

“A stunning player in the neo-bop vein, with an apparently effortless flow of coherent ideas, beautiful time and a highly developed harmonic sense.” JAZZ GUIDE.

“His professional presentation was an object lesson to the amateurishness of local players.  His musicianship seemed boundless. Like his friend Martin Taylor did last year to our guitarists, Dave O’Higgins did to our sax players – gave them new and exciting challenges. And gave us mere listeners an exceptional night.” ADELAIDE ADVERTISER, AUSTRALIA.

“O’Higgins plays with quite exceptional fluency and his fund of ideas never runs out.” The OBSERVER.

Food from 5pm to 7.30pm. This will be a table service event and so you will need to book for food to guarantee a table. Please call The Atrium on 01200 442630 to book and ask for menu details as it changes for each event. Draught Heineken, cold bottled beers, wine, fresh coffee and soft drinks available.

 Ribble Valley Jazz Collective

Ribble Valley Jazz Collective

Sunday 3 December 2017 From 2:00pm to 4:43pm
Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 Web: | Tickets: FREE EVENT but table booking advisable.

Featuring: Paul Rigby - Band Director & Leader of Northern Jazz Orchestra.   
Ribble Valley Jazz Collective 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 likely to include renditions of Tuxedo Junction and Mack the Knife. Reserve a table for afternoon dinner and jazz in good time. The band’s performance last Christmas was fully booked.

James Morton Quartet

MONTHLY CLUB GIG | James Morton Quartet

Friday 8 December 2017 From 5:00pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: | Tickets: Advance: £11 / Members £9 / U18s £5 - On the door £12 / Members £10 / U18s £5 | Book now: from The Grand's website

James Morton - one of the most exciting saxophone players of his generation. After his critically acclaimed release Don’t You Worry ‘Bout That (2010) by James Morton’s Porkchop, his highly anticipated solo album The Kid was released in June 2016 with an all-star line up, including a four-piece horn section and an array of special guests including Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Andy Sheppard, Ollie Teeba (The Herbaliser), Ian Mathews (Kasabian) and The Easy Access Horns (The Herbaliser).

The album’s title owes itself to James’ nickname, “The Kid”, which was earned after playing the clubs, venues and festivals in and around Southern England from the age of twelve. As a teenager he was heavily influenced by the funk music of James Brown, hip-hop and jazz and it is these influences – not to mention the presence of his biggest mentors on the album – that he brings together on The Kid, making it an exciting funky, soulful, gospel tinged album. The Kid features all original material, and is, for the most part instrumental, driven by grooving funk beats. Tracks such as Do Dat, Stand Up and The Swerve fall very much into JB’s territory, while Step Up brings in some different textures through vocalist Alex Johansen. The Hymn then takes things down to a more soulful groove with the Soul Collective Gospel Choir. Andy Sheppard, who has been a major mentor, features on If They Only Knew, a track James specifically wrote for him. By bringing all his key mentors and influences – Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Andy Sheppard – together, the album becomes a storyboard for his career, charting his musical journey from where he began, to where he is now. And it’s quite an achievement!

These days, James regularly plays with his idols – he has worked extensively (15 years) with Pee-Wee Ellis and recently recorded (and performed) with Fred Wesley and The New JB’s. He is also a member of British hip-hop legends The Herbaliser who he continues to tour and collaborate with. His unique lyrical and rhythmic style, which allows him to directly “speak” to his audience, conveys a strong sense of emotion that really connects with people and is what makes him such a special – and in demand – player.

Throughout his career James has worked with some of the world’s best known and exciting artists, including Kasabian, Raphael Saadiq, Pendulum, George Clinton, Tony Allen, Roni Size, Angelique Kidjo, Carleen Anderson, Jazz Jamaica and Fred Wesley and The New JB’s, to name a few. Most recently he worked as part of NPG Hornz playing with Liv Warfield and other members from Prince’s band and in 2014 he was appointed Ambassador of Music for his home town, Bristol.

Food from 5pm to 7.30pm. This will be a table service event and so you will need to book for food to guarantee a table. Please call The Atrium on 01200 442630 to book- see the menu options below. Draught Heineken, cold bottled beers, wine, fresh coffee and soft drinks available.

Download the Chrismas Menu here.

Ed Lomax - Mark Lewis Trio

Ed Lomax - Mark Lewis Trio

Thursday 14 December 2017 From 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Venue: The Shireburn Arms Hotel, Whalley Road, Hurst Green, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9QJ | Tel: 01254 826 678 Web: | Tickets: FREE EVENT but table booking advisable.

Details soon.

Holmes Mill Clitheroe

JAZZ JAM - Trish Ferrarin Breaking Jazz Quartet

Thursday 14 December 2017 From 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Venue: Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB
Web: | Tickets: FREE EVENT but best to book a table if dining.

Musicians can just turn up and tell the band you are there, but advance notice of tunes and the key helps (email or  

Entertaining for musicians and audiences alike, these sessions in Holmes Mill's Engine Room are proving popular so advance table booking essential if eating.

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.

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: | 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


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


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