Monthly Gigs and Jazz Festival

The AtriumThe Atrium gigs are our main monthly club gigs (in bold blue), so come along, join in and listen to the best live jazz music in Lancashire. Tickets available on the door or at www.wegottickets.com

We also organise a number of jazz events around the Clitheroe area, in pubs, restaurants and hotels as well as the Friday Lunchtime Live gigs at The Grand.

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April
Sunday 5
From 1:30 pm

Teddy Taylor Trio

Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 Web: www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk
Date: Sunday 5 April, From 1:30pm to 4:01pm.
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable if dining

Featuring Teddy Taylor - keys, Ed Harrison - double bass, Andy Herne - guitar, Jo Lester - vocals.

Pianist/arranger Ted Taylor is a regular performer at gigs in Ribble Valley - a popular musician with Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues members. We can expect something different and very appetising from the band’s gifted and experienced jazzmen. Listening to this band will be a fine way to spend a relaxing and enjoyable autumn afternoon whilst enjoying the Spread Eagle’s fine food and beer. Luncheon jazz & live music - What more could you want?

April
Friday 10
From 11:30 am

Paul Rigby Quartet

Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Date: Friday 10 April, From 11:30am to 2:00pm.
Tickets: From the Grand

NJO big band leader Paul J Rigby brings together this more refined all-star quartet featuring Simon Goulding (bass), Andrew Gleave (piano/vocals), and Richard Halliwell (saxophones/flute).

Traditional Lancashire Hotpot served with pickled red cabbage.

April
Friday 10
From 7:00 pm

Trish Ferrarin & Breakin’ Jazz

Venue: Bayley Arms, Avenue Road, Hurst Green, Clitheroe BB7 9QB Tel: 01254 826478 Web: www.bayleyarms.co.uk
Date: Friday 10 April, From 7:00pm to 10:00pm.
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable

Featuring Trish Ferrarin - keyboard, Paddy Higginson - sax, Ella Shaw - vocals, John Fuller - keys, Liz Nightingale - sax, Joe Westwood - bass/drums.

Trish Ferrarin, a vastly experienced pianist, performer, and jazz music tutor, trained at Leeds College of Music, brings a team of fine team of young, talented and experienced jazz musicians. In her fourth appearance at Bayley Arms we are confident of a fine session from the band.  Lively and accessible jazz will be the order of the day, following on from the previous gig in January.

April
Friday 10
From 7:15 pm

Arun Ghosh Band

Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Date: Friday 10 April, From 7:15pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:30pm.
Tickets: £12.50, Affinity & Jazz Club members - £11.50
Buy online here: at The Grand →

Arun GhoshPre-Festival gig with the Arun Ghosh Quartet.

Arun Ghosh - clarinet, Liran Don - double bass, John Ellis - keyboard, Dave Walsh - drums.

Arun Ghosh appears at The Grand as part of Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues pre-festival warm-up programme. Conceived in Kolcata (Calcutta), bred in Bolton, matured in Manchester, and now living in London, Ghosh's musical style represents his rich cultural heritage. The clarinetist and composer, who will bring a healthy dose of Rock'n'Roll spirit, is a leading light in UK jazz.  He was awarded 'Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year' at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2014. Come to this exciting gig and find out about any last minute festival ticket offers.

April's show is Ghosh's first in the area. His band will be performing music from his three acclaimed albums, Northern Namaste, Primal Odyssey and A South Asian Suite, alongside new material and some well loved and unexpected covers.

Come to this exciting gig and find out about any last minute festival ticket offers!

Sufi Stomp (Soul of Sindh) – from the album "A South Asian Suite".
https://soundcloud.com/arunghosh/sufistomp

Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues, in association with the Grand Theatre.

April
Wednesday 15
From 7:00 pm

Annual General Meeting 2015

Venue: See below
Date: Wednesday 15 April, From 7:00pm, Stage: 9:00am to 9:07pm.
Tickets: A free gig - with an Annual General Meeting thrown in!

At the Atrium Cafe, Castle Hill, Clitheroe, BB7 1BA

Yes, it’s that time of the year again, when members of Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues and friends meet in the relaxed atmosphere of the Atrium, and get to have their say about how things are run. A trio of musicians from our community bands - David Bradshaw, Ian Helvensteyn and Alan Pursglove - will start the evening in style.

Then, after the formal meeting and discussions, supper will be served, followed by a musical sweet served up by Ed Lomax and friends. Ed will also be holding a quiz to put your jazz knowledge to the test - but don’t worry, the bar will be open throughout the proceedings to keep the brain cells going. Official notices will be going out in due course, but make sure you keep the evening free so you can come along.

To see the agenda and review the details please go to the AGM page by clicking here...

April
Thursday 30
From 7:00 pm

Jazz Festival 2015 Programme

Venue: Various Venues
Date: Thursday 30 April, From 7:00pm, Stage: 9:00am to 8:57pm.
Tickets:

The performers have been booked the venues arranged and the Street Party prepared! Download the Festival Brochure 2015 by clicking here

Tickets can be bought now at www.thegrandvenue.co.uk

Jazz Fest 2015

There's lots more performers, bands and entertainment booked for the Castle Grounds Bandstand and for our Street Party on Saturday. Download the list here

April
Thursday 30
From 7:30 pm

Mike Walker & Stuart McCallum - Welcoming you to the Festival

Venue: Grindleton Pavilion, Sawley Road, Grindleton, Clitheroe BB7 4QS (for Sat-Nav use BB7 4RR) Web: www.grindleton.org
Date: Thursday 30 April, From 7:30pm to 10:30pm.
Tickets: £6, Jazz Club members - £5, Under 18's/Students - £4
Buy online here: at The Grand →

Thursday evening is our 'Welcome to the Festival' event for early starters, and thanks to the Jazz North Northernline programme this evening offers magical performances from two superb guitarists, Mike Walker & Stuart McCallum. Expect intimate collaboration between musicians with international reputations, playing 5 guitars, with originals and standards re-sculpted into fresh music, characterised by debut album Beholden - all in the comfort of Grindleton Pavilion. You will love it...and there's a bar!

May
Friday 1
From 11:30 am

Lunchtime Live at The Grand with Eric Ainsworth Trio with Lyn Fairbanks & Dean Masser, and the Alex Bone Trio

Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Date: Friday 1 May, From 11:30am, Stage: 12:00noon to 2:30pm.
Tickets: £12 including set meal, no set meal £6
Buy online here: at The Grand →

Line-up: Eric Ainsworth Trio: Eric Ainsworth - piano, Ken Marley - double bass, Jimmy Scaife - drums, with guests Lyn Fairbanks - vocals, and Dean Masser - sax; Alex Bone Trio: Alex Bone - saxes, Rory Ingham - trombone, Toby Comeau - piano.

This Festival opening special brings a unique blend of youth & experience with BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2014, Alex Bone, bringing his Chetham College inspired trio for the opening session and popular local jazz legend Eric Ainsworth and guests Lyn Fairbanks and Dean Masser taking prime spot - an exciting gig for both bands, especially when they team-up for a couple of end-of-session tunes!  Eric and his guest will play popular jazz standards to an experienced Lunchtime Live audience, eagerly anticipating release of his debut CD. The Alex Bone Trio, also known as Jam Experiment, are becoming festival favourites, having appeared at Marsden and Lancaster Jazz Festivals in 2014. Contemporaries of Chetham School of Music, they will continue studies in London at music conservatoires in autumn 2015.  

May
Friday 1
From 7:00 pm

Alan Skidmore, Pete King & Steve Melling Quintet

Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Date: Friday 1 May, From 7:00pm, Stage: 7:30pm to 10:00pm.
Tickets: £15, Affinity & Jazz Club members - £14, Under18's/Students - £8.
Buy online here: at The Grand →

Line-up: Alan Skidmore - sax, Pete King - sax, Steve Melling - piano, Andy Cleydert - double bass, Miles Levine - drums.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic album "A Love Supreme", the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival is proud to present the highly regarded British saxophonist Alan Skidmore. Alan is joined by a terrific line-up including Pete King, Steve Melling & Andy Cleydhert to pay homage to drummer Elvin Jones and the genuine legend of jazz, John Coltrane. The focus is on Elvin, but the music is very much Coltrane’s. This gig is an excellent mainstream jazz introduction to our festival, bringing top UK jazz figures who play gigs all over UK and Europe. Expect a mixture of standards but with some original compositions.

May
Friday 1
From 8:00 pm

Soul Convicts

Venue: British Legion, 43 Whalley Road, Clitheroe BB7 1EE
Date: Friday 1 May, From 8:00pm to 10:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Line-up: Danny Finn - vocals, Paddy Higginson - alto sax, Lindsey Middleton & Liz Nightingale - tenor, Justin Chappell & Matt Clare - trumpet, Greg Harper - bass, Curtis Gould - guitar, Elliot Chapman - drums, Neil Cannings - keyboard.

Soul Convicts, a 10 piece Lancashire based soul funk band, will be playing soul, disco, funk & pop, and making you dance the night away! The Ministry of Justice said these guys have day-release for this gig as long as they play good tunes. Expect Tears of a Clown, Twisting the Night Away, and maybe I Feel Good - Well they would feel good being the first band at the festival’s inaugural Soul Stage!

www.thesoulconvicts.co.uk

May
Friday 1
From 8:00 pm

Dave Smith Sound with Eddie Taylor

Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 Web: www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk
Date: Friday 1 May, From 8:00pm to 10:00pm.
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable if dining

Line-up: Dave Smith - Hammond organ, Eddie Taylor - trombone.

Dave Smith is a very experienced musician having worked for Roland, the piano and keyboard specialists, in Japan. His keyboard which he built himself not only looks like a Hammond, it sounds like one. The sound can be likened to Jimmy Smith meets JJ Johnson. Dave will be accompanied by Eddie Taylor on trombone, and they are working on a version of Nessum Dorma! A Spread Eagle Dinner Jazz session, so book early for a table.

May
Friday 1
From 8:00 pm

A Dread Supreme

Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk
Date: Friday 1 May, From 8:00pm, Stage: 8:30pm to 10:00pm.
Tickets: £8, Members - £7, Students - £5
Buy online here: at The Grand →

Line-up: Richard Ormrod - saxophones, Sam Hobbs - drums, Trevor Roots - vocals, Simon Beddoe - trumpet, Chris Campbell - guitar, Bob Birch - keyboards, Kenneth Higgins - bass, Spear / percussion, Supa - sound engineer.

A Dread Supreme is a 7-piece ensemble with strong roots in Jamaican music and jazz. It commits to breaking down musical barriers, doing this with a massive band comprising horns, drums, percussion, bass, keyboard, guitar & vocals.  It will bring an amazing sound to the Atrium, thanks to Jazz North's Northernline showcase. Expect some Coltrane! Garforth Arts Festival said 'This is a real band, the music is exciting, interesting, varied, uplifting and positive.’

"We feel strongly that Jamaican Roots music brings us closer to the ideals and concepts Coltrane dealt with when he composed and performed his music. Coltrane was the ‘heavyweight champion’ and roots reggae is a powerful vehicle, strong enough to carry these melodies. This band is as much about celebrating the great unsung session musicians of Jamaica – the Supersonics, Soul Syndicate, Roots Radics, the Revolutionaries – who brought the heavy sound of roots to the world.

Playing the music of Coltrane in A Dread Supreme is a humblng and empowering personal act of identification with his ideals. It is striving together as a band for consciousness and peace of mind within a busy, often faceless culture.

Playing this music is a physically uplifting, consciousness-raising exercise, a meditation on music, spirituality and a man’s place in the world, and a joyous musical experience, a celebration of all the reasons we became musicians in the first place and a statement of everything we want to achieve with our work.

We believe it is important for the live performance of Coltrane’s music to be continued so that people can share in the experience together, and we believe that there is an uncommon strength in his compositions that reaches beyond the surface characteristics of musical style.

Through our performances of Coltrane compositions we hope in A Dread Supreme to convey the strength, beauty and courage we hear in Coltrane, our love of and respect for the music and the man, and our hopes for the possibility of more love and respect in us all, for one another and the world."

- Richard Ormrod, A Dread Supreme

This gig will pack the Atrium!

Double ticket with Baked a la Ska @ £16

http://dreadsupreme.com

May
Friday 1
From 10:00 pm

The Cheating Hearts

Venue: Rose & Crown, 21 Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 2BT Tel: 01200 442848
Date: Friday 1 May, From 10:00pm to 12:00am.
Tickets: FREE

Line-up: Maria Brothers & James Gansler - guitar/mandolin/vocals, Lou Cornell - pianos & Hammond/Vocals, Shug - Bass, Mike Smith - Drums.

The Cheating Hearts are a Lancashire based five piece band of experienced musicians. Their approach is different to other bands, covering songs from Lindisfarne, Bonnie Raitt, World Party, Paul Carrack, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle and more. Vocal harmonies driven by the sound of the Hammond make them great way to end the festival's first day!

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cheating-Hearts

May
Saturday 2
From 10:00 am

Trish Ferrarin's Rhythm Section Workshop

Venue: See below
Date: Saturday 2 May, From 10:00am to 11:30am.
Tickets: £15, Jazz Club members - £12, Under 18's/Students - £10

Venue: The Grand
Line-up: Trish Ferrarin - Workshop Director

Trish Ferrarin is a highly experienced jazz tutor and regular workshop leader at Ribble Valley Jazz Festival. This workshop will concentrate on musicians playing in the rhythm section - keyboard, bass & guitar players - with exception of drummers who can join Paul Rigby's Jazz Drummers Workshop on Festival Monday.

Early booking advised - only 20 places.

May
Saturday 2
From 11:00 am

Saturday Street Jazz Festival

Venue: Street Party, Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 2BT
Date: Saturday 2 May, From 11:00am to 5:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Line-up: Bassa Bassa, Beltones, Batala Lancaster, Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Swing Band, Marmaduke Schnizel, Red Hippo.

It begins with the arrival in Clitheroe of the Jazz Train from Manchester! On board will be a jazz band. On arrival in Clitheroe they’ll process into the town centre.   Castle Street will be closed to traffic for a full day of festival events with live music in the main marquee, and stalls and activities along the street. In the bars and cafés there willl be live music from stomping jazz to rocking blues.There’ll be buskers, face-painting, food stalls, balloons with special stalls from local traders, including Cheesie Tchaikovsky’s bread stall and Rose & Crown’s Hog Roast. And special tasters to be savoured in Cowmans Famous Sausage Shop.   Clitheroe's main street will thrive on Saturday Street Jazz Festival Day with lively local bands playing a range of jazzy styles from 11am to 5pm. Two marquees on either side of Castle Street will host 6 bands throughout the day. Two bands feature young musicians from local schools and community groups. They are supported by three bands with vast experience presenting street music.

Band line-up features:

11am - 12pm Clitheroe Royal Grammar School - An experienced school swing band that has produced several CDs and played abroad under the leadership of Nigel Spooner.

12pm to 1pm Batala Community Band - Batala, a form of Samba Drum music, originates in North Eastern Brazil. Batala Lancaster is a community samba reggae drumming band presently based at Ellel Village Hall, south of Lancaster University campus. 

1pm - 2pm Red Hippo play a stunning mix of sousaphone, Irish whistles, saxophones and strings. Their musical world is influenced by traditional folk music with jazz influenced arrangements having paid their dues to the worlds of jazz, folk, world music and ska. Be prepared for some “posh jazz chords”. 

2pm to 3pm Beltones - An ensemble comprising 4 saxophones, baritone horn and drummer, playing jazz numbers from early blues, through ragtime, big band and more modern.  Their repertoire draws on jazz, kelzmer show tunes, film scores, and classical works.

3pm to 4pm Marmaduke Schnitzel - Comprises seven experienced young musicians who are students of jazz with music tutor and festival President, Trish Ferrarin, making their second festival appearance.

4pm to 5pm Bassa Bassa - A jazz dance legend, this Leeds-based big band has played WOMAD and Glastonbury. Strong jazz foundations blend with blasts of Ska, Latin, African, and funk. It has a colourful and energetic stage presence of musicians who are obviously enjoying themselves

May
Saturday 2
From 11:00 am

Children's Beginners Workshop on Plastic Trumpet or Trombone

Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Date: Saturday 2 May, From 11:00am to 12:00pm.
Tickets: £4

Line-up: Chris Fower - Warwick Music

This workshop presents an opportunity for children and young people, or beginners of any age, to test out their interest in playing trumpet and trombone on the relatively new pBone and the definitely new pTrumpet.  'p' stands for plastic, an opprtunity for a low cost introduction to normally brassy instruments. These instruments are colourful and hit the notes, so come along and give them a try, with expertise on hand.

May
Saturday 2
From 11:00 am

Eric Ainsworth - My Life in Jazz

Venue: Clitheroe Library, Church Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DG
Date: Saturday 2 May, From 11:00am to 12:00pm.
Tickets: £5, Jazz Club members - £4.
Buy online here: at The Grand →

Line-up: Eric Ainsworth - keyboard

Eric Ainsworth, a Lancashire & North West jazz legend has played in most jazz venues with many well known musicians. Resident at The Grand's Lunchtime Live, usually last Friday monthly, Eric plays regularly at the Spread Eagle Sawley, and Bayley Arms Hurst Green. Come to Clitheroe Library to listen to Eric's jazz piano and interesting stories about his life in jazz spanning 60 years. You'll be able to get a copy of his debut CD too, to be launched at the festival's Lunchtime Live Friday Jazz gig.

May
Saturday 2
From 11:30 am

Rick Shaw & Limehouse Laundry Boys

Venue: Maxwells Cafe Bar, King Street, Clitheroe BB7 2EU Tel: 01200 443906 Web: www.maxwellscafebar.co.uk
Date: Saturday 2 May, From 11:30am to 1:30pm.
Tickets: FREE

Line-up: Dominic Groves - sax/clarinet, Johnny Clapham - bass, Ken Hickey - drums, Kevin Morris - guitar.

Rick Shaw & Limehouse Laundry Boys, a West Yorkshire band eager to bring you classic songs from jazz's golden age! Expect unique versions of Night Train, amongst more modern numbers such as Green Dolphin Street at Maxwells Wine Bar. Be early for a street seat under the canopy!

May
Saturday 2
From 12:00 pm

Paula Sellars & Gill Grundy

Venue: Clitheroe Library, Church Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DG
Date: Saturday 2 May, From 12:00pm to 1:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Line-up: Paula Sellars - guitar, Gill Grundy - vocals

Paula Sellars - guitar & Gill Grundy - vocals make their festival debut performing their arrangements of of some popular Jazz, Blues & Folk songs for Clitheroe library visitors. You can sit in reception area for a few minutes. If you're 'Feeling Good'  you can 'Cry me a River' or remember 'The First Time ever I saw your Face', immediately after Eric Ainsworth's Life Stories event. 

May
Saturday 2
From 12:00 pm

Julie Edwards Quartet

Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk
Date: Saturday 2 May, From 12:00pm to 2:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Line-up: Julie Edwards - vocals, Kevin Dearden - bass guitar, Ed Barnwell - keyboard, Ed Kainyak - soprano and alto saxes.

Vocalist, Julie Edwards, and guitarist, Kevin Dearden, an experienced and popular jazz duo team up with Ed Barnwell and Ed Kainyak for a festival Saturday afternoon gig at The Atrium. This line-up promises to deliver their own interpretation of some fine jazz standards in a lively performance to thrill the audience.

Event sponsored by Sue Lightbown

May
Saturday 2
From 2:00 pm

"I Have a Duck Who Can Roar!" - Living Story Music Ensemble

Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Date: Saturday 2 May, From 2:00pm to 3:00pm.
Tickets: Adults - £5, Children (Under 16) - £5, 2 children or more £4 each
Buy online here: at The Grand →

Line-up: Mary Oliver - vocals/narration, Andy Morel - alto sax, Chris Bridges - trombone, Keith Phillips - guitar, Dave Tompkins - bass, John Ellis - keyboards, Hugh Lawrence - drums.

"I Have a Duck Who Can Roar!" is a production especially attractive to children, but definitely accessible to all ages! It's a totally new production, words and music by Chris Bridges, illustrations by Ann Gilligan of Green Monster Arts. Characters will be introduced through distinctive musical themes by the Living Story Music Ensemble. The production, commissioned for 2014 Marsden Jazz Festival and played to two sell-out audiences, in a programme lasting just under an hour.  There will be opportunities for audience participation before a climatic recitation of the story! Special discounts for adults bringing more than one child!  More on www.livingstorymusic.com or preview on You Tube by typing 'I have a "Duck who can Roar!' into YouTube or browsing at www.youtube.com/watch?v=1H3aJSgovII

May
Saturday 2
From 5:00 pm

Jazzing at El Tapeo Spanish Restaurant & Tapas Bar

Venue: El Tapeo Restaurant & Tapas Bar, 19/21 Wellgate, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 2DP Tel: 01200 424544 Web: www.el-tapeo.co.uk
Date: Saturday 2 May, From 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable - 01200 424544

Line-up: Ribble Valley Festival guitarist

Enjoy traditional Spanish food in the relaxed surroundings of a family run restaurant, then stay for a coffee or something stronger at the bar. Book a table for food and live guitar music Spanish style.

May
Saturday 2
From 5:00 pm

Western Valley Hot Club

Venue: Rose & Crown, 21 Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 2BT Tel: 01200 442848
Date: Saturday 2 May, From 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Line-up: Gaynor Sutcliffe - lead & harmony vocals/violin/piano/accordion, Simon Brady - guitar/mandolin/vocals, Ray Walmsley - double bass

First chance to watch WVHC, a Lancashire-based trio playing hot club, western swing and bluegrass. Western Swing is a foot tapping combination of country & jazz. With harmonies & instrument changes the band uses its vibrant and entertaining personalities to create a memorable occasion. Dance the afternoon away or just watch in admiration.

May
Saturday 2
From 7:15 pm

Stacey Kent

Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Date: Saturday 2 May, From 7:15pm, Stage: 7:45pm to 10:00pm.
Tickets: £20, Affinity & Jazz Club members - £19, Under 18/Students - £10.
Buy online here: at The Grand →

Line-up: Stacey Kent - vocals, Jim Tomlinson - saxes, Graham Harvey - piano, Jeremy Brown - bass, Josh Morrison - drums.

Stacey Kent's debut at Ribble Valley Jazz Festival is eagerly anticipated by many in the region, and her appearance in this year's programme is very welcome. She is joined by a band of superb calibre. Stacey’s repertoire and audience have expanded with every album. Her platinum-selling album Breakfast On the Morning Tram (Blue Note, EMI 2007) was nominated for a Grammy Award. Her follow-up albums ‘Raconte-Moi’ and ‘Dreamer in Concert’ have been released in more than 37 different countries worldwide, making American born and London based Stacey Kent a truly international artiste. Will be a sellout concert!


www.staceykent.com

May
Saturday 2
From 8:00 pm

Baked A La Ska + DJ Skank Marvin

Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk
Date: Saturday 2 May, From 8:00pm, Stage: 10:00pm to 12:00am.
Tickets: £12, Jazz Club members - £11, Under 18's/Students £6
Buy online here: at The Grand →

Line-up: Kuntri Ranks & Frank the Skank - vocals, John Ellis - keyboard/vocals, Robin Sunflower - harmonica/vocals, Andy Morel - alto/baritone sax, Kyran Matthews - tenor/sop sax, Chris Bridges - trombone, Matt Owens - bass/guitar Danny Ward - drums.

Baked A La Ska are the "heavy heavy sound" of Manchester Ska - an 11 piece band of oddballs & pranksters brought together by keyboardist & wizard, John Ellis.Band are fronted by un-holy trio of singers: Frank "the Skank" (smooth Sinatra vocals), Tommy Robot (MC) and the soft lilt and harmonica magic of Robin Sunflower (vegan). It features the tightest rhythm section in Manchester with "chops to make you drop". Their sound has taken audiences and clubs across the region by storm inspiring late night parties and frenzied dancefloor action. It's a massive, uplifting and raucous mix of spooky originals and a few covers. Get here early for DJ Skank Marvin - a revelation!

Double ticket with A Dread Supreme @ £16

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvOYh7tgkvY

May
Saturday 2
From 8:00 pm

Adam Lynch Band

Venue: Maxwells Cafe Bar, King Street, Clitheroe BB7 2EU Tel: 01200 443906 Web: www.maxwellscafebar.co.uk
Date: Saturday 2 May, From 8:00pm to 10:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Line-up: Line-up: Adam Lynch - bass, Neil Cannings - keyboard, Darryl Smith - vocals, Anthony Bentley - guitar, Matt Berry - drums.

Bass player, Adam Lynch, formerly John Wickham Trio, has helped assemble a local new band focussing on jazz funk and soul music, playing a great mix of Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Roy Ayers and George Benson. Maxwells Saturday night crowd will love it!

May
Sunday 3
From 10:00 am

Trish Ferrarin's Multi-Instrument Improvisation Workshop

Venue: See below
Date: Sunday 3 May, From 10:00am to 11:30am.
Tickets: £15, Affinity & Jazz Club members - £14, Under 18's/Students - £10.

From: The Grand Website
Line-up: Trish Ferrarin - Jazz Music Tutor

For the third festival running, Trish Ferrarin is running a jazz improvisation workshop, aimed at any instrument - bring your instrument with you. This workshop is supplemented by a fortnightly improvisation workshop following on from the end of the festival. Only 20 places - book early to avoid disappointment.

May
Sunday 3
From 12:00 pm

John Ellis Trio

Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk
Date: Sunday 3 May, From 12:00pm to 2:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Line-up: John Ellis - keys/vocals, Pete Turner - double bass, Rob Turner - drums.

Manchester's much admired pianist and singer takes improvisatory twists and turns through township, soulful songs and local folk heritage. John has appeared at Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues Atrium gigs in 2014 and was so popular he is signed up again - and maybe you will recognise him in other festival bands? That's how good he is, and backed by excellent bass and drums. This gig is supported by Jazz North Northernline programme.

May
Sunday 3
From 12:00 pm

Soweto Kinch's Saxophone Workshop

Venue: See below
Date: Sunday 3 May, From 12:00pm to 1:30pm.
Tickets: £15, Jazz Club members - £14, Under 18's/Student £10.
Buy online here: at The Grand →

Venue: The Grand
Line-up: Soweto Kinch - saxophones.

Soweto Kinch's saxophone workshop will be in demand from the region's sax players. Here's your chance to spend 90 minutes with a popular master musician, refining your playing skills. Just 20 places available - first come, first served. Book your place at The Grand Box Office.

May
Sunday 3
From 12:30 pm

Clitheroe Castle Bandstand - Sunday

Venue: The Bandstand at Clitheroe Castle Bandstand, Clitheroe BB7 1BA
Date: Sunday 3 May, From 12:30pm to 5:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Line-up: Blackburn with Darwen Big Band, Frank Patterson, Ribble Valley Jazz Collective.

Clitheroe Castle Bandstand - Sunday 3rd May from 12.30pm to 5pm - Blackburn with Darwen Big Band, Frank Patterson - guitar, Ribble Valley Jazz Collective Big Band.

May
Sunday 3
From 1:30 pm

Soweto Kinch Trio

Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Date: Sunday 3 May, From 1:30pm, Stage: 2:00pm to 4:30pm.
Tickets: £12, Affinity & Jazz Club members - £11, Under 18's/Students - £10.
Buy online here: at The Grand →

Line-up: Soweto Kinch - saxophones, Nick Jurd - bass, Shaun Forbes - drums.

Award-winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch returns to Clitheroe after a show-stopping debut performance at The Atrium last summer. Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes. Undoubtedly, one of the few artists in either genre with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University he has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic – including a Mercury Music Prize nomination, two UMA Awards and a MOBO for best Jazz Act.

May
Sunday 3
From 2:00 pm

Sonny Intervals

Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 Web: www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk
Date: Sunday 3 May, From 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
Tickets: FREE - Lunchtime jazz in the bar - Booking a table advisable

Line-up: Steve Hemsworth - guitar, Janet Style - vocals.

Local duo, Steve Hemsworth & Janet Style make their Spread Eagle debut, having appeared in the 2014 Ribble Valley Jazz Festival. Steve & Jane's fine selection of jazz ballads & standards will soothe your Sunday afternoon enjoyment at the Spread Eagle, Sawley, a fine country hotel serving excellent food and drinks. Advisable to book at table for lunchtime jazzing.

May
Sunday 3
From 2:00 pm

Western Valley Hot Club

Venue: Maxwells Cafe Bar, King Street, Clitheroe BB7 2EU Tel: 01200 443906 Web: www.maxwellscafebar.co.uk
Date: Sunday 3 May, From 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Line-up: Gaynor Sutcliffe - lead & harmony vocals/violin/piano/accordion, Simon Brady - guitar/mandolin/vocals, Ray Walmsley - double bass.

Western Valley Hotclub, a Lancashire based trio, play hotclub music, western swing and bluegrass. Western Swing is a foot tapping combination of country and Jazz fused together. With harmonies and instrument changes along with polished and musical virtuosity, the band use their vibrant and entertaining personalities to create a memorable occasion. Dance the afternoon away or just watch in admiration.

May
Sunday 3
From 2:30 pm

Mark Lewis Trio & Friends

Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk
Date: Sunday 3 May, From 2:30pm to 4:30pm.
Tickets: FREE

Line-up: Ed Lomax - keyboard, Mel Hatchman - bass, Derek Smith - drums.

Led by Ed Lomax on keyboard, the Mark Lewis Trio is an excellent local band presenting fine music and great entertainment at any of their sessions. You will hear their interpretation of some fine jazz standards in a 6th festival performance.

May
Sunday 3
From 4:00 pm

Trish Ferrarin's Breakin' Jazz

Venue: The Emporium, Moor Lane, Clitheroe BB7 1BE
Date: Sunday 3 May, From 4:00pm to 6:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Line-up: Trish Ferrarin - keyboard, Paddy Higginson - alto sax, Elli Shaw - vocals, John Fuller - keys, Liz Nightingale - tenor sax, Joe Westwood - bass/drums.

A lively and energetic group of young jazz musicians supported by experienced piano/keyboard player Trish Ferrarin will light up the Emporium Wine Bar for a couple of hours with some well-known tunes.  Elli Shaw's vocals - not to be missed!

May
Sunday 3
From 5:00 pm

Doug Perkins & the Spectaculars

Venue: Rose & Crown, 21 Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 2BT Tel: 01200 442848
Date: Sunday 3 May, From 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Line-up: Doug 'Mad Eye' Perkins vocals/guitar, Chet 'Spangle' Banner - lead guitar, DB Spectacular - double bass, Slim Spectacular - drums/vocals.

Harking back to times when the size of turn ups, and how much grease in your hair determined your stature, Doug Perkins & The Spectaculars bring a mixture of original material, authentic 50's covers & modern songs with rockabilly vibe!  Lively gig for Rose & Crown Blues Stage.

May
Sunday 3
From 7:15 pm

Andy Sheppard Quartet

Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Date: Sunday 3 May, From 7:15pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:30pm.
Tickets: £20, Affinity & Jazz Club members - £19, Under 18's/Students - £10, Seating Unreserved.
Buy online here: at The Grand →

Line-up: Andy Sheppard - saxes, Elvind Aarset - guitar, Michel Benita - double bass, Sebastian Rochford - drums.

Andy Sheppard is one of Europe’s leading saxophonists and one of a very few British musicians to have made a significant impact on the international jazz scene, playing and writing for settings from solo to big band and chamber orchestra. Sheppard has composed over 350 works that incorporate a strong and characteristic sense of lyricism alongside a very personal use of rhythms from Asia, Africa and South America.

Andy Sheppard will perform music from his new ECM album, to be released in spring 2015. He will be joined by guitarist Eivind Aarset the Norwegian master of electronica soundscape, virtuoso double bass player Michel Benita, one of the most lyrical players of his generation, and the imaginative and adventurous drummer Sebastian Rochford. Classy jazzing!

May
Sunday 3
From 11:00 pm

Late Night Jazzing at El Tapeo

Venue: El Tapeo Restaurant & Tapas Bar, 19/21 Wellgate, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 2DP Tel: 01200 424544 Web: www.el-tapeo.co.uk
Date: Sunday 3 May, From 11:00pm to 1:30am.
Tickets: FREE but table booking advisable.

Line-up: Ribble Valley Festival guitarist

Wind down after an enjoyable day of live music by heading off for a definite late night session at El Tapeo Spanish Restaurant & Tapas Bar in Clitheroe town centre. Enjoy mellow jazzy guitar with traditional Spanish food in a family run restaurant with El Tapeo's new Spanish chef, Ivan.

May
Monday 4
From 11:00 am

Paul J Rigby's Jazz Drumming Workshop

Venue: See below
Date: Monday 4 May, From 11:00am to 12:30pm.
Tickets: £15 - £14 Jazz Club Members - £10 Under 18's/Students
Buy online here: at The Grand →

Venue: The Grand
Line-up: Paul J Rigby - Northern Jazz Orchestra band director & drummer.

Paul Rigby, former Jazz Festival President and vastly experienced band director and tutor, is running his 6th festival drummin workshop. This workshop will focus on jazz drumming - not many drummers more competent to do this than Paul. All you need to bring is your snare drum and some sticks. Book early - only room for 20 places.

May
Monday 4
From 12:00 pm

Clitheroe Castle Bandstand - Monday

Venue: The Bandstand at Clitheroe Castle Bandstand, Clitheroe BB7 1BA
Date: Monday 4 May, From 12:00pm to 5:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Line-up: QEGS School Band - big band, Dales Jam Community Band - Clitheroe Ukelele Orchestra.

Clitheroe Castle Bandstand - Monday 4th May from 12.00 to 5pm - QEGS School Band - Dales Jam Community Band - Clitheroe Ukelele Orchestra

May
Monday 4
From 12:00 pm

Unfurl

Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk
Date: Monday 4 May, From 12:00pm to 2:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Line-up: Olivia Moore - violin, Jim Faulkner - guitar, Gavin Barras - double bass, Adam Warne - Egyptian percussion, John Ball - Indian santoor, tabla.

North East based Unfurl's music expands across continents, combining Indian ragas, flamenco and Arabic music with improvisation to create an original sound ranging from the dramatic to the sublime. A genuine fusion of traditional and jazz styles, with compelling band interplay and mesmerising atmospherics. P.S. I saw these people in Manchester and they were great!

May
Monday 4
From 2:00 pm

Blue Swamp

Venue: Rose & Crown, 21 Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 2BT Tel: 01200 442848
Date: Monday 4 May, From 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Line-up: John Williamson - guitar, Mike Bowden - guitar, Big Vern - drums, Jim Moseley - bass.

Blue Swamp are well seasoned band featuring John Williamson from The Animals & Mike Bowden from 'Dr Truth'. John Williamson has a very impressive history having played with many greats, such as Steve Cropper, Spencer Davis, Chris Farlow.   Mike Bowden, highly respected singer/songwriter, fronted the Roach Twins for most of their career.  A fine band to end the Rose & Crown's Blues Stage!

May
Monday 4
From 3:30 pm

Paul Rigby's Northern Jazz Orchestra with Georgina Jackson - "Celebrating the Divas"

Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Date: Monday 4 May, From 3:30pm, Stage: 4:00pm to 6:00pm.
Tickets: £12, Affinity & Jazz Club members - £11, Under 18's/Students - £6, Seating Unreserved.
Buy online here: at The Grand →

Line-up: Paul J Rigby - band director & drums, Georgina Jackson - vocals & trumpet.

Led by founder Paul J Rigby, band director & drummer, and fronted by the superb vocal quality of Georgina Jackson, former NJO & Wigan Big Band trumpet player turned star singer, this premier North West big band on their 3rd festival appearance provides a fitting conclusion to the festival programme. In this performance, NJO, Paul and Georgina will be "Celebrating the Divas".  A feast for big band enthusiasts and anyone who wants to hear some big band favourite songs.

May
Friday 8
From 7:00 pm

Jazz x 3 plus Jo Lester

Venue: Bayley Arms, Avenue Road, Hurst Green, Clitheroe BB7 9QB Tel: 01254 826478 Web: www.bayleyarms.co.uk
Date: Friday 8 May, From 7:00pm to 10:00pm.
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable if dining

Featuring Teddy Taylor - keyboard, Ed Harrison - double bass, Andy Herne - guitar, Jo Lester - vocals.

Pianist/arranger Ted Taylor has written a number of special arrangements especially for this Bayley Arms gig.  We can expect something different and very appetising from the band’s gifted and experienced jazzmen who will benefit from appearing with a wonderful vocalist in Jo Lester.  Listening to this band will be a fine way to spend a relaxing and enjoyable evening of springtime jazz - dinner jazz & live music!

June
Friday 5
From 7:30 pm

The Angry Men Quintet

Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk
Date: Friday 5 June, From 7:30pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:30pm.
Tickets: £10 - Members £8, available on the door.
Buy online here: at The Grand →

Angry MenLine-up: Mike Smith - Saxophones, Paul Cusick - Guitars, Patrick Hurley - Keyboard, Paul Robinson - Electric Bass and Jonathan Irving - Drums.

...are a light and breezy contemporary jazz outfit led by Paul Robinson, and with the classic sax, guitar, keyboard front-line. The CD “Balancing Act” is a well produced debut album, showcasing all talents equally, but with a strong melodic structure underpinning the improvisation.

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June
Sunday 7
From 1:30 pm

Ribble Valley Jazz Collective Big Band

Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 Web: www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk
Date: Sunday 7 June, From 1:30pm to 4:06pm.
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable if dining

Featuring band leader & director Paul J Rigby.

Ribble Valley Jazz Collective is directed by Paul J Rigby, one of the most experienced band leaders and directors in the North West, having completed nearly 25 years leading the famous Northern Jazz Orchestra.  This is the big band’s second appearance in the Abbey Suite, having played a range of Lancashire venues throughout the year. You will hear a rousing and entertaining performance to include famous old & new big band tunes - Tuxedo Junction, Mack the Knife, and a harmonious rendition of Me & My Shadow by Paul Rigby and Derek ‘Sinatra’ Nuttall!

June
Friday 12
From 7:00 pm

Eric Ainsworth with Lyn Fairbanks & Eddie Taylor

Venue: Bayley Arms, Avenue Road, Hurst Green, Clitheroe BB7 9QB Tel: 01254 826478 Web: www.bayleyarms.co.uk
Date: Friday 12 June, From 7:00pm to 10:00pm.
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable if dining

Featuring Eric Ainsworth - keyboard, Ken Marley - double bass, Jimmy Scaife -drums, Eddie Taylor - trombone, Lyn Fairbanks - vocals.

Eric Ainsworth is a piano & keyboard legend having appeared at many Lancashire jazz venues over many years.  Eric and his guests are frequently booked for private functions including weddings and birthdays. He is a popular resident at The Grand’s Lunchtime Live Friday Jazz sessions in Clitheroe.  The Trio will delivery a fine evenings entertainment at the Bayley Arms dinner jazz sessions playing well known jazz standards.  Lyn Fairbanks adds a touch of class with a superb range of vocals, and Lyn will surely engage in a duet with Eric’s special guest, Eddie Taylor on trombone.

July
Friday 3
From 7:30 pm

Nicola Farnon Trio

Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk
Date: Friday 3 July, From 7:30pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:30pm.
Tickets: £10 - Members £8, available on the door. Buy online at We Got Tickets →

Nicola Farnon TrioA very welcome return to Clitheroe of the Nicola Farnon Trio,
featuring the visually dynamic Nicola on Double Bass and vocals. Ably supported by Phil Johnson on drums and Piero Tucci on piano and tenor sax, a most unusual combination in jazz.

This entertaining trio deliver jazz and Latin standards with great authority whilst injecting new life into old favourites. As Nicola says “You're getting five musicians for the price of three.”

Perfect for a Summer's evening at the Atrium!

www.nicolafarnonmusic.com

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

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