All the Jazz Club Gigs


Ribchester Village Hall

RV Jazz Big Band goes to Ribchester!

Friday 18 October 2019   From 7:00pm, Stage: 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Venue: See below | Tickets: £10 on the door

Ribchester Village Hall, Riverside, Church Street, Ribchester, PR3  3XS


Ribble Valley Jazz Big Band

The Bistro at Holmes Mill Clitheroe

Jeremy Sassoon - Bistro Dinner Jazz

Sunday 20 October 2019   From 6:00pm, Stage: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Venue: Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB | Web: | Tickets: £35 | Book Now: from Holmes Mill website

The Bistro, Bar & Grill at Holmes Mill welcomes Jeremy Sassoon’s Trio for an evening of 'Dinner Jazz’ on Sunday 20th October. Enjoy a 3 course pre-show dinner followed by a fabulous jazz/soul/blues set featuring Sassoon’s wonderful piano and vocals.

Jeremy Sassoon is one of the UK’s most in-demand singer/pianists. His natural, soulful voice and a repertoire of jazz, blues and soul classics wise audiences. Jeremy re-creates the intimate atmosphere of a NY piano bar with sounds of Elton John and Stevie Wonder. He captures the Jazz, Swing era with his trio, playing foot-tapping Sinatra or Bobby Darin classics, or the blues and soul of Ray Charles.

Jeremy Sassoon plays at top London & UK locations including Claridges and the Dorchester Hotel. He has performed at iconic jazz venues such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club and The Jazz Café. His secret is that he treats all his big or small gigs with the same respect. London Jazz Review” magazine describes him as “a charming and witty front-man, one of his skills being that he can make the audience feel immediately at ease”

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The bistro at Holmes Mill Clitheroe


Can’t make it this time and don’t want to miss out? We have another fantastic Dinner Jazz event taking place on Sunday the 24th November as we welcome the Ed Lomax Trio!

Jazz Jam Low Moor Club

Jazz Jam Low Moor Club

Thursday 24 October 2019   From 7:30pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:30pm
Venue: See below | Tickets: Free!

Jazz Jam Low Moor Club

Eric Ainsworth

Eric Ainsworth & Friends: Rosemere Cancer Foundation Fundraiser

Sunday 27 October 2019   From 1:30pm, Stage: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 | Web: | Tickets: £12 under 18s £6 | Book Now: from The Grand's website

Clitheroe's treasured jazz pianist Eric Ainsworth will be performing in a special concert of high calibre jazz standards to raise awareness and funds for Rosemere Cancer Foundation on the afternoon of Sunday, October 27th, 2019.

Joining Eric for this two-hour concert include a group of seasoned musicians and singers who have been regular players in Eric's various ensembles down the years.  
The skills of his trusted core trio of Jimmy Scaife (drums) and Ken Marley (double bass) will be supplemented by guest musicians Eddie Taylor (trombone / vocals) and Andy Wallis (saxes).  
Leading vocal duties will be two fabulous singers at the opposite end of their careers, the wonderful Lyn Fairbanks will be performing songs from the Great American Songbook and the young 'wunderkid' Arthur Geldard, whose gloriously smooth voice and delivery will delight lovers of Frank Sinatra and the Ratpack, among many others. 
Guest pianist Ed Lomax will also deputise on piano for some numbers with Lyn.

Spread Eagle at Sawley

Shades of Django

Sunday 3 November 2019   From 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 | Web: | Tickets: Free, but if eating, table booking advised.

Featuring: Professor Stuart Hampton Reeves - guitar; Paul Murphy - rhythm guitar; John Wilton - double bass; James Goodwin-Hudson - lead guitar; Laurence Woof - violin.

Shades of Django make their third appearance at the Spread Eagle thanks to excellent previous performances. It delights audience with some memorable Django Reinhardt Hot-Club Gypsy Jazz tunes. Django Reinhardt’s music fused American swing, classical music and Gypsy music creating a unique sound. Don't miss this notable performance from Shades!

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, are available on I-Tunes and all 225 of them will soon be available on his new website: (not working yet)

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: £35 available soon | Book Now: from Holmes Mill website

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: 8:00pm to 10:30pm
Venue: Clitheroe Rugby Club, Littlemoor Rd, Clitheroe BB7 1EW Tel: 01200 422261 | Tickets: Available soon

It would be great to have a get together but what should we do? What music and where? Please let us know if you have a great idea.

Spread Eagle at Sawley

Ribble Valley Jazz Big Band

Sunday 15 December 2019   From 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 | Web: | Tickets: Free, but if eating, table booking advised.

Featuring Paul Rigby - Band Director and Leader of NJO

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.