All the Jazz Club Gigs


Ribble Valley Jazz Festival 2020 Clitheroe


Friday 1 May 2020 - Sunday 3 May 2020  
Venue: Various Venues around Clitheroe

Sadly, we've had to cancel this year’s Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival. It is the only safe and sensible course of action to take in the light of the country’s efforts to cope with the Coronavirus epidemic.

Our overwhelming concern is the safety and well-being of all our audiences, volunteers and musicians.

The Festival Planning Group and all the musicians and venues involved appreciate your ongoing support, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Festival in 2021. We will be updating our website with news at regular intervals. If you have any further enquiries, please contact us at

We will be contacting everyone who has purchased a ticket to any of the gigs originally planned for the Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2020 to ensure refunds can be made, or alternatively, ticket purchases can be validated for rescheduled dates.

If you have purchased tickets from The Grand's Box Office, please contact them via email ( and the Events Team there will be happy to assist you.

With many thanks and all best wishes from everyone involved.

Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival Planning Committee

The Staccatos

The Staccatos

Sunday 7 June 2020   From 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 | Web: | Tickets: Free but booking advisable if dining.

Featuring: Dennis Morgan - guitar; Lyn Fairbanks - Vocals; Laurie Agnew - drums; Peter Willmott - double bass; Matthew Compton - keyboard.

The Staccatos, formed in 2007 by jazz guitarist Den Morgan and popular singer, Lyn Fairbanks proved to be favourites on the Cheshire jazz scene. A few years later The Staccatos has reformed with the original rhythm section still in place comprising three professional classical music players who are still members of the BBC Northern Philharmonic Orchestra (NPO). They prefer throw off classical constraints to play jazz in their spare time! TheStacctos will be playing & singing tasteful jazz standards, original compositions and occasional bursts of Hot Club Django style tunes. This classy act features the delightful singing of Lyn Fairbanks, jazz guitar of Den Morgan, and a stylish rhythm section.

Gaz Hughes septet

MONTHLY CLUB GIG | The Gaz Hughes Sextet

Friday 12 June 2020   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: £12 / £10 members, U18 £5 | Book Now: from The Grand's website

RVJ&B in partnership with The Grand, is delighted to present a special tribute to the late jazz legend Art Blakey, featuring the Gaz Hughes Sextet.

Gaz Hughes first came to wider public attention as the original drummer in the Matthew Halsall Band and featured heavily on the early recordings of the Gondwana label. A particular highlight was recording the album “On The GO”, which won The Best Jazz Album of the Year in the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards 2012, and was nominated Best Jazz Album MOBO Awards, 2011.

His drumming influences include the school of melodic drummers such as Max Roach, Alan Dawson, and Jeff Hamilton. Gaz is specifically inspired by the drummers that are able to spell out form and melody when they improvise.

Gaz has recorded his first album as band leader. The album features the music of the late, great Art Blakey.  "The album felt like a very natural decision," says Gaz, who has appeared at The Grand as a session player for a range of different artists and groups. 

"Blakey's music has been a constant theme throughout my life. The first Jazz album I ever bought was an Art Blakey live record and it remains one of my most played and treasured albums." "Blakey was prolific as a recording artist which made the job of deciding which tunes to play even more difficult. With such a huge back catalogue to choose from, I handpicked a selection of compositions by Bobby Watson, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard and Curtis Fuller."

The musicians on the album are considered by many to be some of the most influential musicians in UK Jazz scene today. As a sideman, Gaz has worked with all of these musicians on many occasions and was excited to bring them all together for the project. The album features:  Alan Barnes (Alto/Baritone Sax), Bruce Adams (Trumpet), Dean Masser (Tenor Sax), Andrzej Baranek (Piano), Ed Harrison (Bass). 

This performance comes as part of a national tour and will be recorded live to create a live album and keepsake of the project.

As a sideman, Gaz has also performed with many UK and international Jazz artists including: Scott Hamilton, Harry Allen, Marshal Allen, Greg Abate, Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams, Mark Nightingale, Digby Fairweather, Tina May, Art Theman, Gilad Atzmon, Julian Stringle, Roy Williams, Enrico Tomasso, John Hallam, Ben Holder, Brian Dee, Dave Newton, Remi Harris, Tim Kliphuis, Dean Masser, Neil Yates, Arun Ghosh, Matthew Halsall, Nat Birchall, Adam Fairhall, James Allsopp, Ivo Neame and Uno Prism. He is also a long standing member of the Tom Kincaid trio.

Gaz has had the pleasure of performing and recording across many different genres. Pop artists that Gaz has worked with include: Patti Boulaye, Suzi Quatro, Ray Quinn (X Factor), Rick Guard (Platinum selling artist and musical writer), Kristyna Myles (Mobo nominated artist).

Eric Ainsworth

Eric Ainsworth Trio & Guest

Sunday 5 July 2020   From 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 | Web: | Tickets: Free but booking advisable if dining.

Featuring: Eric Ainsworth - keys; Jimmy Scaife - drums; Ken Marley - Double bass.

Eric Ainsworth Trio returns to Sunday lunchtime jazz sessions with his very special team comprising Ken Marley & Jimmy Scaife. This splendid line-up that will deliver some classic jazz tunes in style. Eric, a jazz legend, has been playing regularly at the Spread Eagle. Along with special guests he always delivers a fine jazz programme that jazz fans won't want to miss. And you can catch the band at Ribble Valley Jazz Festival on first weekend in May 2020.

Victor Brox band

MONTHLY CLUB GIG | Victor Brox Trio (Blues/RnB)

Friday 10 July 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.

Victor Brox Trio, featuring: Victor-keys, guitar and trumpet/Clive ‘Blues Boy’ Mellor-harmonica and Bo Lee-bass.

Something of a blues legend in the UK, Victor has enjoyed playing with many of the ‘greats’ during the blues boom revival of the 60s and later. This role-call is impressive, though Victor is primarily known for his work with Ansley Dunbar’s Retaliation. He is of course also father to another contemporary blues singer, Kyla!


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