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Monthly Gigs and Annual Jazz Festival

Please take a look at our forthcoming Jazz gigs and look out for our Jazz Festival 2016 to be held from 28th April to 2nd May over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

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February
Friday 5
From 7:30 pm

The Graeme Wilson Quartet

Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk
Date: Friday 5 February, From 7:30pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:30pm.
Tickets: £10, members £8 available on the door

Memorable, original tunes from this strong Newcastle based qrt. Graeme Wilson on tenor sax, Paul Edis on piano, Andy Champian on dble bass and Adam Sinclair on drums. Great Jazz!

February
Sunday 7
From 2:00 pm

Eric Ainsworth Trio with Lyn Fairbanks

Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 Web: www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk
Date: Sunday 7 February, From 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable if dining.

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

The Eric Ainsworth Trio is a popular band at the Spread Eagle’s Sunday afternoon lunchtime jazz sessions. Eric on keyboard is a local legend with huge following. With Lyn Fairbbanks on vocals the audience is sure of splendid music and entertainment!

February
Thursday 11
From 7:30 pm

Mark Lewis Trio with Lyn Fairbanks

Venue: The Shireburn Arms Hotel, Whalley Road, Hurst Green, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9QJ
Tel: 01254 826 678 Web: www.shireburnarmshotel.co.uk
Date: Thursday 11 February, From 7:30pm to 10:00pm.
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable if dining.

Featuring: Ed Lomax - keyboard; Mel Hatchman - bass guitar; Derek Smith - drums; Lyn Fairbanks - vocals.

The Mark Lewis Trio, a popular local, experienced band, will be playing the best jazz standards from a band influenced by George Shearing, Bill Evans, and Horace Silver. The band having played at all six Ribble Valley Jazz Festivals, is a popular draw at several Lancashire venues. Lyn Fairbank’s vocals will bring a touch of class to a relaxing evening.

February
Friday 26
From 11:30 am

Eric Ainsworth & Co

Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Date: Friday 26 February, From 11:30am to 2:00pm.
Tickets: From The Grand's website

The Grand’s resident pianist Eric Ainsworth returns with his group of top class musicians Ken Marley (bass), Jimmy Scaife (drums) and Eddie Taylor (trombone), fronted by the smooth vocals of Lyn Fairbanks.

RESTAURANT £12 ADV (inc set meal)
Seated (Allocated Table)

MENU OPTIONS:
Scotch Broth Soup served with a Bread Roll; Chickpea and Red Pepper Burger with a Side Salad & Crisps (v)
or Baked Potato Stuffed with Mild Chilli Con Carne with a Side Salad.

CAFE £6

March
Friday 4
From 7:30 pm

The JJ Wheeler Quintet

Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk
Date: Friday 4 March, From 7:30pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:30pm.
Tickets: £10, members £8 available on the door

JJ Wheeler is a London-based drummer, composer and educator. Having picked up the sticks at the age of eight years old, he followed his passion, earning 1st class honours degree from Birmingham Conservatoire before continuing his education from the Royal Academy of Music (DipRam distinction). Gaining a wealth of performing experience in his formative years helped JJ into one of the country’s most musical and versatile drummers around, going on to collaborate with the likes of NYJO, Jean Toussaint and Celine Dion.

A massive hit at the 2014 Festival, we are thrilled to invite JJ and his band back for this year’s festival taster.

March
Sunday 6
From 2:00 pm

PJ Rigby Quartet

Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 Web: www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk
Date: Sunday 6 March, From 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable.

Paul Rigby is a very busy jazz band director, tutor, and drummer, with extensive experience of working with big bands, quartets and quintets. He has previous experience of the Spread Eagle, with local big band, Ribble Valley Jazz Collective. This time he will bring an experienced, popular and well respected team of musicians who will play well known tunes in a modern style you will be sure to enjoy!

Featuring: Paul Rigby  - drums, Rick Hallewell - saxes, Andy Gleave - keyboard and Nathan Welch - Double Bass.

March
Thursday 10
From 7:30 pm

Rick Shaw & the Limehouse Laundry Boys

Venue: The Shireburn Arms Hotel, Whalley Road, Hurst Green, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9QJ
Tel: 01254 826 678 Web: www.shireburnarmshotel.co.uk
Date: Thursday 10 March, From 7:30pm to 10:00pm.
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable.

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

The Limehouse Laundry Boys is a West Yorkshire band bringing classic songs from a golden age. Expect their versions of Night Train and Airmail as well as fine rendition of Green Dolphin Street. The band is a regular at Ribble Valley Jazz Festival.

April
Friday 1
From 11:30 am

CDF Sharp

Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Date: Friday 1 April, From 11:30am to 2:00pm.
Tickets: From The Grand's website

The inimitable Frank Flynn (keyboards) brings mirth and fine musicianship to the stage.  He is flanked by long time friend, Derek Sutcliffe on drums, and brilliant young guitarist Chris Hodder. 
Expect a wonderfully entertaining session covering many musical bases, but especially jazz. 

RESTAURANT £12 ADV (inc set meal)
Seated (Allocated Table)

MENU OPTIONS:
Pea and Ham Hock Soup served with a Bread Roll
or Warm Lamb and Mint Sandwich served with a Side Salad and Crisps
or Baked Potato Stuffed with mixed Mediterranean Vegetables with a Side Salad.

CAFE £6

April
Sunday 3
From 2:00 pm

Rick Shaw and the Limehouse Laundry Boys

Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 Web: www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk
Date: Sunday 3 April, From 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable.

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

Rick Shaw & the Limehouse Laundry Boys are a West Yorkshire band eager to bring you classic songs from a golden age of jazz!  Expect their unique versions of Night Train and Airmail Special alongside presentation of more modern numbers such as Green Dolphin Street. This band is a regular at the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival, and the Spread Eagle Hotel bar.

April
Friday 8
From 7:30 pm

The Tim Garland Quartet

Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk
Date: Friday 8 April, From 7:30pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:30pm.
Tickets: £12, members £10 available on the door

A Pre-festival event

Saxophonist Tim Garland is an undisputed star of British Jazz. Voted "Musician of the Year" by the 2006 Cross-Parliamentary Jazz Society, he is highly regarded for his prolific output as a composer and also his innovative bass clarinet playing, blurring the boundaries between modern jazz and classical concert music.

As a performer, he has worked widely both in Britain and elsewhere in the world, with particular highlights being a continuing collaboration with Chick Corea and his four-year association with Bill Bruford.

This is a big scoop for Clitheroe and one NOT TO BE MISSED!

April
Thursday 28
From 7:00 pm

The 7th Annual Jazz Festival - The Bill Laurance Trio + Support

Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Date: Thursday 28 April, From 7:00pm, Stage: 7:30pm to 10:30pm.
Tickets: £15 Adv
Buy online here: from The Grand's website

Bill LauranceOver the past decade, Snarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most internationally respected names in instrumental music. Taking a hiatus from the global commitments of the trans Atlantic ensemble, we are absolutely thrilled to bring one of its original and core members, pianist and composer Bill Laurance, to open the 7th Ribble Valley Jazz Festival.

An alumnus of Leeds College of Music and Grammy Award Winner, Bill performed a memorable concert at The Grand in October 2014, to promote his stunning debut album ‘Flint’.  Promoting his upcoming third album ‘Aftersun’, which features the original trio of Snarky Puppy's own Michael League and Robert Sput Searight with legendary New Orleans percussionist Weedie Braihma, the album has ‘dance and African percussion at its heart, combining world grooves with genre bending exploration.’

For the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival show, Bill will be joined by his all star UK line-up featuring Jon Harvey (bass), Richard Spaven (drums) and percussionist Felix Higginbottom. This line-up promise to bring a phenomenally high quality opening to the five-day festival.

SUPPORT

Nag Champa

Maya Kally - Vocals; Christopher McIntyre - Drums; Kieran Halpin - Bass; Toby Clarke - Guitar & Synthesisers; Joseph Scott - Guitar & Arrangements; Jasper Green - Keyboards & Synthesisers;

April
Thursday 28
From 8:00 pm

Ladies & Gentleman

Venue: The Emporium, Moor Lane, Clitheroe BB7 1BE
Date: Thursday 28 April, From 8:00pm to 10:30pm.
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable if dining.

This trio brings two young talents to the world of pop & jazz. Collaborative work between Gabrielle Hargreaves and Emma Chester, from Blackburn with Darwen Big Band, and Paul J Rigby, experienced musician, educator, and director of music, produces a smooth, cocktail of sounds and syncopated rhythms, resulting in music from across all genres & styles - from the Beatles to U2. Put your hands together, and chill out for Ladies and Gentleman.

April
Friday 29
From 11:30 am

Friday Lunchtime Live - Jazz Festival Special

Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Date: Friday 29 April, From 11:30am to 2:00pm.
Tickets: From The Grand's website

This Lunchtime Live Ribble Valley Jazz Festival Special features two star local bands. 

The first hour will see resident pianist Eric Ainsworth perform with his talented trio Ken Marley (bass) and Jimmy Scaife (drums), with a special guest appearance from Lyn Fairbanks.  This will be followed by a performance from some of the bright lights of the area's future jazz scene with star singer Ella Shaw backed by the 'Breakin Jazz' group, guided by the brilliant pianist Trish Ferrarin. Two fine local jazz bands served up with lunch present an attractive weekeday proposition!

MENU: Celeriac and Apple Soup served with a Bread Roll (v); Warm poached smoked haddock topped with toasted rarebit sandwich served with a Side Salad & Crisps (v); Baked Potato Stuffed with Peppered Steak and Mushrooms with a Side Salad.

RESTAURANT *£14 ADV (inc set meal) 
Seated (Allocated Table)

*Please note there is a modest increment in price on this festival special event due to the appearance of two bands

April
Friday 29
From 5:30 pm

Guitar Masterclass with Remi Harris

Venue: See below
Date: Friday 29 April, From 5:30pm to 7:30pm.
Tickets: £15
Buy online here: from The Grand's website

Remi Harris is a Rising Star, accoring to British Jazz Awards, having been awarded first runner-up in the Rising Star category. His band was awarded first runner up in the Small Group Category. So having him in Clitheroe for a masterclass, and a gig is a bonus. Remi's masterclass will give an Introduction to Gypsy Jazz Guitar, and Efficient Practice and Study Methods for All Styles - how to get the best results from your practice time! Limited places.

April
Friday 29
From 6:30 pm

Swing Commanders

Venue: The Shireburn Arms Hotel, Whalley Road, Hurst Green, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9QJ
Tel: 01254 826 678 Web: www.shireburnarmshotel.co.uk
Date: Friday 29 April, From 6:30pm, Stage: 7:00pm to 11:00pm.
Tickets: Three Course Dinner & Entertainment - £35 per person. Table booking on Shireburn Arms: 01254 826678

The Swing Commanders, a stunningly vibrant and versatile group, perform an exciting mix of 1940s classics, boogie-woogie, western swing and 50s jump jazz! Band members sing and play at least one instrument, sometimes three. Their incredible music ability, performing skills and joie-de-vivre makes them stand out. The Shireburn Arms Hotel is an excellent venue for this band!

 

April
Friday 29
From 7:00 pm

Ben Crosland Quintet: 'The Ray Davies Songbook'

Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Date: Friday 29 April, From 7:00pm, Stage: 7:30pm to 10:30am.
Tickets: £15 Adv
Buy online here: from The Grand's website

Ben Crosland QuintetRay Davies’ songs are rooted on the blues, music hall, popular song, variety and musical theatre – the perfect vehicles for jazz interpretation.

Ben Crosland began his musical education at the age of 13 by taking up the drums and the Kinks’ singles were constantly on the Dansette as he played along in his bedroom. 50 years on, as bandleader and composer/arranger, he is again discovering new subtleties and strengths in these wonderful compositions and has assembled a Quintet of international quality to perform these imaginative arrangements.

Ben Crosland QuintetThis will be a return visit to The Grand for accomplished guitarist John Etheridge and the band will also feature Dave O'Higgins (tenor / soprano saxes), Steve Lodder (piano / keys), Sebastiaan de Krom (drums) and Ben Crosland (bass).

April
Friday 29
From 7:30 pm

Bugalu Foundation

Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk
Date: Friday 29 April, From 7:30pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:30pm.
Tickets: £10, members £8
Buy online here: from The Grand's website

The Bugalu Foundation's style of music is influenced by Latin legends such as Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri. Their sound is particularly evocative of the 70’s era of ‘Our Latin Thing’, when the musical traditions of New York’s east and West Harlem come together in an irresistible fusion of Jazz, Funk and Soul mixed with the Hispanic beats of ’El Barrio’. This nine/ten piece powerhouse features the remarkable vocal talent of Martin Connor, and has a massive hint of Palmieri’s ‘La Perfecta’, a good dose of the guitar fuelled Afro-Latin style of Joe Battaan and a simple aim: To move body and soul!

Sam Bell - Percussion/Vocals; Simon Pugsley - Trombone; Martin Connor - Vocals; Steve Parry - Trumpet; Angus Crabtree - Saxophone; Morgan Pugh - Bass; Al Macsween - Keys/Vocals; Sam Gardner - Drums; Craig Scott - Guitar.

April
Friday 29
From 8:00 pm

Julie Edwards & Kevin Dearden

Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 Web: www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk
Date: Friday 29 April, From 8:00pm to 10:00pm.
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable.

Vocalist Julie Edwards and guitarist Kevin Dearden are an experienced and popular jazz duo working extensively as a duo, but also in trios and quartets. In 2015 they made an excellent impact at Ribble Valley and Ribchester festivals with fine interpretations of jazz and pop standards. They are frequent performers at the Spread Eagle Hotel's monthly Sunday afternoon gigs. Book a table at the Spread for this gig!

April
Friday 29
From 8:00 pm

Doug Perkins & the Spectaculars

Venue: British Legion, 43 Whalley Road, Clitheroe BB7 1EE
Date: Friday 29 April, From 8:00pm to 10:30pm.
Tickets: FREE

Harking back to times when the size of turnups, 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 Royal British Legion!

April
Friday 29
From 10:00 pm

Get Carter

Venue: Rose & Crown, 21 Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 2BT Tel: 01200 442848
Date: Friday 29 April, From 10:00pm to 12:00am.
Tickets: FREE

Get Carter began in 2004 when James Mackie and John Elles got together and merged James's wild Hammond organ stylings and pounding left-hand bass lines with John's urgent tub-thumping. A former member of The Selecter and Madness, James appeared on the Old Grey Whistle Test, played on sessions for John Peel and performed at the Montreux Pop Festival while John has been a mainstay in northern bands such as The Permanents and The Rankin' Popes. Playing in front of evocative film projections, this Hammond and drum duo deliver a huge sound with nods to Booker T, Jimmy McGriff and Deep Purple.

April
Saturday 30
From 10:30 am

Annabelle’s Skirting Board Adventure

Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Date: Saturday 30 April, From 10:30am, Stage: 11:00am to 12:30pm.
Tickets: £8
Buy online here: from The Grand's website

This hit family show from the 2015 Edinburgh festival stars Annabelle – the world's smallest elephant - and her friend Icarus, a moth who loves bright lights and woolly jumpers.

Together they go on an adventure beyond all imaginings.  An ordinary living room can be a place of danger if you’re one millimetre tall. This mixture of animation, live video, comedy and song is brought to you by Howard Read – creator of the hugely successful Little Howard shows and co-writer of the new Dangermouse – and Steve Pretty of Hackney Colliery Band. 

‘An exciting elephantastic adventure for young and older kids’ ★★★★★ (Families Edinburgh). 

‘Hilarious family comedy for everyone’ (Fest).

April
Saturday 30
From 11:00 am

Street Festival - Clitheroe Ukulele Orchestra

Venue: Street Festival, Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 2BT
Date: Saturday 30 April, From 11:00am to 12:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Clitheroe Uekelele Orchestra, formed in 2013/14 following a Jazz Festival workshop, has recruited over 30 new and experienced Ukelele musicians. The Orchestra plays at regular events, confirming the Ukelele as undoubtedly the UK most popular instrument! See this Orchestra in its 3rd festival performance and you will see why!

April
Saturday 30
From 11:00 am

Pendle Jazzmen

Venue: Maxwells Cafe Bar, King Street, Clitheroe BB7 2EU Tel: 01200 443906 Web: www.maxwellscafebar.co.uk
Date: Saturday 30 April, From 11:00am to 1:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Pendle Jazzmen are a 6 piece trad and dixie band, and a frequent visitor to Ribble Valley Jazz Festival. Led by Colin Mason on drums, this splendid traditional jazzband will delivery some familiar tunes that will set your feet a-tapping from underneath the canopy at Maxwell's Café Bar.  Easy access to this gig from local car parks and train station.

April
Saturday 30
From 12:00 pm

Blind Monk Trio

Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk
Date: Saturday 30 April, From 12:00pm to 2:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Featuring tenor sax player Bob Whittaker, bassist Hugo Harrison and drummer Johnny Hunter, this innovative three piece draw influences from the classic trios of Sonny Rollins and Joe Henderson blended with modern alternative rock and eastern folk music. Blind Monk Trio play original compositions along with some surprising arrangements of classic standards. Difficult to categorise, they are probably best summed up by Barney Stevenson (Marsden Jazz Festival); “Energetic, original and quirky - think John Coltrane meets Led Zeppelin.”

Blind Monk Trio are sponsored by Jazz North's Northernline programme.

April
Saturday 30
From 12:00 pm

Street Festival - Two Rivers Swing Band

Venue: Street Festival, Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 2BT
Date: Saturday 30 April, From 12:00pm to 1:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Ilkley's Two Rivers Swing Band, so named b ecause the 30 musicians are drawn from the Aire and Wharfe Valleys. The band plays upbeat numbers ranging from Miller to Basie, modern tunes including rock & roll, and ballads, at various concerts and weddings - twice yearly hosting a Swing dance at Ilkley's Winter Gardens, always a sell out.

April
Saturday 30
From 1:00 pm

Street Festival - Well Dressed Gentlemen

Venue: Street Festival, Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 2BT
Date: Saturday 30 April, From 1:00pm to 2:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

The Well-Dressed Gentlemen take expertly crafted songs from the 1920's, and interppret them in their own unique way. Playing American and English classic and novelty songs from the jazz age and Roaring Twenties they will bring a smile to your face, and set your feet a-tapping!

April
Saturday 30
From 1:30 pm

Martin Taylor Concert and Remi Harris Trio - Presented by UCLAN

Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Date: Saturday 30 April, From 1:30pm, Stage: 2:00pm to 4:30pm.
Tickets: £15
Buy online here: from The Grand's website

Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues is delighted to work with UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire) in bringing an amazing GRAMMY nominated musician Dr. Martin Taylor, MBE, is a virtuoso guitarist, composer, educator and musical innovator whom Acoustic Guitar magazine calls  ‘THE Acoustic Guitarist of his Generation’. 

Widely considered to be the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz and fingerstyle guitar playing, Martin possesses an inimitable style that has earned him global acclaim from fellow musicians, fans and critics alike. He dazzles audiences with a signature style that artfully combines his virtuosity, emotion and humor with a strong, engaging stage presence.

"Martin Taylor is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument." – Pat Metheny
"He out-shred’s all of us put together….I’ve never seen anything like it" – Jeff Beck
"Martin's playing is rich with elegance, he is a great artist" - Stephane Grappelli
"One of the greatest guitarists in the world... I just love his playing" - Chet Atkins
"A rare talent and one to be not simply appreciated but treasured" - Sir Michael Parkinson

April
Saturday 30
From 2:00 pm

Street Festival - St Christopher's CE High School Jazz Band

Venue: Street Festival, Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 2BT
Date: Saturday 30 April, From 2:00pm to 3:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

St Christopher's CE High School is an Osfted 'Oustanding' school in Accrington with a great commitment to promoting learing music. School band first established 10 years ago. This is their 3rd festival appearance, giving their band the chance to play some fine jazz standards. This is where UK music starts - so give the school bands a big cheer!

April
Saturday 30
From 2:00 pm

NORVOL Jazz Jam!

Venue: United Reformed Church, Castlegate, Clitheroe BB7 1AZ Web: www.clitheroeunitedreformedchurch.org.uk
Date: Saturday 30 April, From 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

NORVOL - this is a Northern network of jazz promoters, part of a large number of jazz clubs and organisations meeting quarterly, usually during jazz festivals to collaborate, plan, and promote jazz as wide as they can, for the benefit of musicians, and audiences. This dynamic network,  www.norvoljazz.org,  decided to hold its early summer networking session on International Jazz Day (UNESCO), 30th April, at Ribble Valley Jazz Festival. To celebrate IJD, NORVOL have agreed to set up its first ever Jazz Jam, and a first for Ribble Valley Jazz Festival! The Jazz Jam takes off after the NORVOL meeting, in Clitheroe town centre at the United Reformed Church, right next door to our IJD Street Festival. Here's a chance to bring your kit and join in, or to park yourselves in the church, and enjoy up to 2 hours of fun and frivolity at this free gig.

Line-up: Steve Crocker - bass; Mike Gordon - keys; Kim Macari - trumpet; Jean Wilson - vocals

NORVOL logo

April
Saturday 30
From 4:00 pm

Street Festival - Blowjangles

Venue: Street Festival, Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 2BT
Date: Saturday 30 April, From 4:00pm to 5:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

No surprises! Blowjangles making another Jazz Festival appearance On the Street!  After all, there are not many better ways to 'Enjoy Yourself... Enjoy Yourself' than standing in front of the Castle Street marquee ready for a Blowjangles Concert!  Like the Blowjangles painting? - a Geoff Holmes special from 2015 festival!

April
Saturday 30
From 5:00 pm

Junkhouse Dog Blues Band

Venue: Rose & Crown, 21 Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 2BT Tel: 01200 442848
Date: Saturday 30 April, From 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Junkhousedog Blues Band, a frequent favourite of Burnley, and Colne Blues Festivals, is fronted by 'British Blues Harmonica Champion 2008/09' Luke 'Junkhousedog' Shaw, a dynamite of a singer and front man. Energy sparks off him! Junkhousedog mixes steamy shuffles and ecclectic swing. They give vintage Chicago style grit. The usual 'Blues standard' formula does not apply to these guys.

April
Saturday 30
From 7:00 pm

The Hackney Colliery Band - Blufunk Syndicate - Paul Rigby Trio's Jazz Jam

Venue: St Michael and St John Social Centre, Lowergate, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 1AG
Date: Saturday 30 April, From 7:00pm, Stage: 7:30pm to 1:00am.
Tickets: £15
Buy online here: from The Grand's website

The 2016 festival brings an exciting and lively session to St Michael & John's Parish Centre with 3 bands stretching early evening to late, late, late! Local band, Blufunk Syndicate kick off the gig, with 20% jazz and 80% funk in support of top London-based Hackney Colliery Band. Paul Rigby Trio then instigates a late night jazz jam, so bring your kit ready to join the band is a session likely to finish at 1am - a festival innovation!

Hackney Coliiery Band formed in 2008 playing foot-tapping tunes, setting out as East London’s unique take on brass bands. Featuring trumpets, trombones, saxes, sousaphone and marching percussion, the band are totally acoustic and yet able to blow the roof off any room. Hackney Colliery Band’s members have hugely diverse musical backgrounds, and a stunning breadth of musical talent. Mining nuggets of funk, hip-hop and high-octane rock from the musical coalface and throwing in a few chunks of Balkan brass, ska and contemporary jazz for good measure, the Hackney Colliery Band’s setlist is as diverse as the London borough that gave them their name. The band is true to its roots, bringing the tradition of mobile marching bands firmly into the 21st Century. It's high-energy, good-time music that’ll make you want move your feet.

Hackney Line-up: Nick Ashwood - trumpet, flugelhorn; Steve Pretty - trumpet, melodica; Tom Richards - tenor sax; Mike Lesirge - alto/baritone sax; Jonathan Sweeney - trombone: Magnus Dearness - trombone; Jeff Miller - sousaphone; Luke Christie - percussion; Olly Blackman - Bass drum, wood block, cowbell & cymbals.

Blufunk Syndicate Line-up - music director Paul J Rigby;  Paul J Rigby Trio - Paul rigby - drums; Nathan Welch -bass; Andy Gleave - piano, guitar

April
Saturday 30
From 7:15 pm

Claire Martin & Ray Gelato

Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Date: Saturday 30 April, From 7:15pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:30pm.
Tickets: £20 Adv
Buy online here: from The Grand's website

Claire Martin and Ray Gelato

Fresh from her star appearances at the televised BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, Ribble Valley Jazz Festival is thrilled to present Claire Martin OBE alongside her the hugely talented saxophonist Ray Gelato.

Recording artist and BBC Radio 3 presenter Claire has spent the last 27 years honing the craft of jazz singing. She has established herself as a tour de force on the international jazz scene, gaining many awards for her incredible craft.

Claire is a featured soloist with the Halle Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra, the BBC Big Band and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Her own 2009 album 'A Modern Art' prompted Jazz Times USA to claim: "She ranks among the four or five finest female jazz vocalists on the planet".

Claire's show with Ray Gelato is entitled "A Swinging Affair" and follows a fine alumnus of leading female singers to perform a headline slot at the festival, such as Jacqui Dankworth, Clare Teal, Liane Carroll and Stacey Kent.

These much celebrated and respected musicians share the stage with a world-class trio led by renowned-pianist Dave Newton to explore the Great American Songbook - including classics such as 'Let's Call the Whole Thing Off', ‘They Can’t Take That Away from Me’, 'They all Laughed' and 'Can’t We Be Friends’. Sassy, sharp and swinging!

April
Saturday 30
From 8:00 pm

Route 66

Venue: Maxwells Cafe Bar, King Street, Clitheroe BB7 2EU Tel: 01200 443906 Web: www.maxwellscafebar.co.uk
Date: Saturday 30 April, From 8:00pm to 10:30pm.
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable.

Route 66, a rocking blues band from Buxton, Derbyshire, have been on the road, perforing over 900 gigs, over 25 years. The band plays in the style of The Stones, Dr Feelgood, Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters, and plenty of originals for good measure.  Route 66 will be promoting their latest CD 'BB is King'!

May
Sunday 1
From 1:30 am

Arun Ghosh Sextet & the Blackburn with Darwen Big Band

Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Date: Sunday 1 May, From 1:30am, Stage: 2:00pm to 4:30pm.
Tickets: £12
Buy online here: from The Grand's website

Arun Ghosh will be Ribble Valley Jazz Festival’s first ‘musician-in-residence’ over the 2016 May Day Bank Holiday weekend.  Arun is a British-Asian clarinettist, composer, and music educator who was named as Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz UK Awards. He makes a welcome return to Clitheroe having raised the roof on his debut at The Grand in April 2015. Arun engages extremely well with audiences, musically and culturally. You will be entertained and treated to high quality music on Festival Sunday.

Whilst the concert starts at 2pm, a festival innovation starts at 1pm when Jeremy Davies of Root Music introduces ‘A Conversation with Arun Ghosh, giving the audience a chance to discover more about this multi-talented entertaining musician, composer, and music educator  - perhaps learning something about his cultural impact with the jazz fraternity?

Arun Ghosh’s role as Musician-in-Residence will include another innovation, a pre-festival commitment to collaborate with resident festival band leader, P J Rigby, and his experienced and youth orientated Blackburn with Darwen Big Band.  Both are commissioned to write some new tunes, to be presented by the Big Band at the start of Arun’s 2pm concert.  What a great experience for these local young musicians!  The audience will then be treated to a entertaining and lively performance from Arun and his sextet which will comprise some of the region’s best jazz musicians, no doubt playing some tunes from his popular CD, ‘A South Asian Suite’.   Expect rich quality, a healthy degree of spontaneity, and fine entertainment.

Line-up: Musician-in-Residence Arun Ghosh Paul J Rigby's Blackburn with Darwen Big Band Jeremy Davies - Root Music.

May
Sunday 1
From 10:30 am

Vocals Masterclass with Claire Martin

Venue: See below
Date: Sunday 1 May, From 10:30am to 12:00pm.
Tickets: £20
Buy online here: from The Grand's website

Claire Martin, one of the UK's top jazz vocalists, will spend her Festival Sunday morning sharing her massive experience with other singers who want to improve their personal performances. No better way - and you never know, if there's enough ongoing interest there might be opportunities for regular vocal workshops?  Limited number of places!

May
Sunday 1
From 12:00 pm

Tribute to Toots Thielemans (90th Birthday)

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

Formed in 2012 to mark the 90th birthday of Toots Thielemans the band re-form for one week each year to celebrate the occasion. Playing music exclusively from Toots' extensive repertoire (Midnight Cowboy, Sophisticated Lady and Bluesette to name a few). Chromatic harmonica player Robin Sunflower and 3 of Manchester's finest jazz musicians create a deeply personal homage, receiving acknowledgement from the man himself.

Line-up: Robin Sunflower - chromatic harmonica; John Ellis - keyboard; Matt Owens - double bass; Danny Ward - drums.

May
Sunday 1
From 12:30 pm

Bandstand Sunday - The AA Jazz Band

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

This is where British music starts, in schools! The AA Jazz Band makes debut big stage appearance on the festival's Castle Bandstand. School teacher, Lisa Clarke, is coaching the Accrington Academy's first jazz band comprising Saxophone, Voice, Electric Guitar, Bass guitar, Piano, Drums. Full marks!. Loud applause please!

Lisa Clarke - Band Director & Teacher

May
Sunday 1
From 1:00 pm

Bandstand Sunday - The Grand Choir

Venue: The Bandstand at Clitheroe Castle Bandstand, Clitheroe BB7 1BA
Date: Sunday 1 May, From 1:00pm to 1:45pm.
Tickets: FREE (bring your own picnic!)

Led by Olivia Mason, The Grand Choir is making its Jazz Festival debut. 30 plus local voices, in harmony, helping bring a real local communiuty feel to a celebration of good music! Will they sing 'All that Jazz'?

May
Sunday 1
From 2:00 pm

The Cheating Hearts

Venue: British Legion, 43 Whalley Road, Clitheroe BB7 1EE
Date: Sunday 1 May, From 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

The Cheating Hearts are a five piece Lancashire based band of experienced musicians. Their approach is different to other bands, covering songs from Lindisfarne, Bonnie Raitt, World Party, Paul Carrack, Bob Dylan, Steve Earl and more. Vocal harmonies driven by the sounds of the Hammond make them an excellent band for a festival session.

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

May
Sunday 1
From 2:00 pm

Teddy Taylor Trio

Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 Web: www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk
Date: Sunday 1 May, From 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable.

Pianist/arranger Ted Taylor is a regular performer at the Spread Eagle Hotel's monthly Sunday Afternoon jazz sessions. Expect an appetising performance from some gifted, experienced jazzmen. A fine way to spend a relaxing and enjoyable summer afternoon whilst enjoying the Hotel's fine food and beer. Luncheon jazz & live music - What more could you want?

Line-up: Teddy Taylor - keyboard; Ed Harrison - double bass; Andy Herne - guitar

May
Sunday 1
From 2:45 pm

Bandstand Sunday - The Good Foot

Venue: The Bandstand at Clitheroe Castle Bandstand, Clitheroe BB7 1BA
Date: Sunday 1 May, From 2:45pm to 3:45pm.
Tickets: FREE (bring a picnic!)

The Good Foot return to the festival after 2015 success at Maxwells. They'll be playing jazz funk, and soul music, playing a great mix of tunes from Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Roy Ayers & George Benson. Catch 'em again at Rose & Crown Monday afternoon.

Line-up: Darryl Smith - vocals; Neil Cannings - keyboard; Anthony Bentley - guitar; Adam Lunch - bass; Mat Berry - drums.

May
Sunday 1
From 3:00 pm

Eric Ainsworth Quartet with Lyn Fairbanks

Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk
Date: Sunday 1 May, From 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Eric Ainsworth is a very popular pianist and keyboard player with Ribble Valley and Lancashire audiences. Eric Ainsworth on keyboard with Lyn Fairbanks on vocals is an attractive team, resident at several RibbleValley venues. Eric and Lyn will present some of the best jazz standards with high quality performances.

Line-up: Eric Ainsworth - keyboard; Ken Marley - double bass; Jimmy Scaife - drums; Lyn Fairbanks - vocals.

May
Sunday 1
From 3:45 pm

Bandstand Sunday - Pan Jumby

Venue: The Bandstand at Clitheroe Castle Bandstand, Clitheroe BB7 1BA
Date: Sunday 1 May, From 3:45pm to 5:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

The British jazz scene has a close relationship with musicians from the Caribbean & Africa, revitalising itself with fresh energy at every collaboration. Panjumby draws on music from Trinidad, featuring jazz, calypso and soca. Led by the rhythmic drive of steel pan master Dudley Nesbitt, Panjumby fields great improvisers and knockout rhythm!

Line-up: Dudley Nesbitt - Steel Pans, percussion; Richard Ormrod - saxes, clarinets, flutes, accordion, percussion: Barkley McKay - keyboard, electric guitar, Kenneth Higgins - electric bass, Sam Hobbs - drums.

May
Sunday 1
From 5:00 pm

Mighty Revelators

Venue: Rose & Crown, 21 Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 2BT Tel: 01200 442848
Date: Sunday 1 May, From 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

The Mighty Revelators play quality funky blues, taking influence from numerous American blues artists. In the short time the band have been together The Mighty Revelators have made a real impact on the North West blues scene. The group consists of four fine musicians!

Line-up: Rick Lucas - Lead Guitar & Vocals; Mark Hopkins - Lead Guitar & Vocals; Aaron Lloyd - Bass & Vocal; Col Schofield - Drums & Vocals.

May
Sunday 1
From 7:00 pm

Poetry Meets Jazz with Michael Neary, Sid Calderbank, Baxter Rhodes, and The Marvellous Everydays

Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk
Date: Sunday 1 May, From 7:00pm, Stage: 7:30pm to 10:30pm.
Tickets: Cover charge £3
Buy online here: Available on the door

This is a jazz festival, but we bring you other minority art forms to encourage elements of crossover arts activity,  showing jazz is not exclusive, encouraging festival goers to 'Try something New!'

You will hear a splendid mix of lyrical poetry, Lancashire dialect, poetry & storytelling in the form of original acoustic sound with a nod to folk, country and bluegrass!

William Nichael Neary comperes, reciting his rich repertoire of poems painting pictures in people’s minds. In his solid Lancashire accent. Be sure to listen to his Great War poem ‘Just Lads’. Sid Calderbank is the ‘Fort Knox’ of Lancashire dialect poems and songs from a bygone era, a brilliant speaker and entertainer accompanied by Joy Hunter on violin. Baxter Rhodes is a gifted singer and songwriter. His words and music - as magical and mystical as Pendle itself. The Marvellous Everydays make marvellous music. Cassandra Payne (vocals, guitar, ukulele, lyrics), Oliver Day (lead guitar), Andrew Hall (violin, guitar), Joy Hunter (violin), and Ray Walmsley (double bass) present songs with poetic lyricism and storytelling, with a nod to folk, country and bluegrass.

Line-up: Michael Neary - Poet & Compere; Neary - Poet & Compere; Sid Calderbank - Lancashire Dialect; Baxter Rhodes - songs; The Marvellous Everydays - songs & tunes.

May
Sunday 1
From 7:30 pm

Courtney Pine & Zoe Rahman

Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Date: Sunday 1 May, From 7:30pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:30pm.
Tickets: £20 Adv
Buy online here: from The Grand's website

Courtney Pine and Zoe RahmanCourtney Pine has often been cited as the saviour of British jazz. 

As one of the first black British jazz artists to make a serious mark on the jazz scene when his first album charted in the 1980s, his career has just carried on rolling. Some 20 years on, with an OBE and CBE for services to music, Courtney continues to break new ground with a string of highly acclaimed recordings and numerous prestigious Industry awards behind him.

His latest album, 'Song (The Ballad Book)',  takes something of a departure, musically, from the award-winning 2014 House of Legends project that headlined festivals and sold our venues internationally. 

Courtney has stripped everything right back for the most intimate show of his long and celebrated career as he takes to the stage playing bass clarinet accompanied only by fellow Mercury nominee and MOBO Award winning Pianist, Zoe Rahman. 

Described in The Observer as “a remarkable pianist by any standard”, Zoe has firmly established herself as a vibrant and highly individual pianist/composer.  Her style is deeply rooted in jazz yet it reflects her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and her very broad musical taste.

In 1986, a 22 year old Courtney Pine appeared on the front cover of the NME, his last quote in a two page interview read “You know I’m doing this for a reason” – and some 28 years later, he still is…

"I have always wanted to record a collection of my favourite ballads and there is nothing like performing in a duet format for bringing out the intimacy of great songs."Courtney Pine  

May
Sunday 1
From 7:30 pm

Festival Soul Stage with Clitheroe Soul Club

Venue: St Michael and St John Social Centre, Lowergate, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 1AG
Date: Sunday 1 May, From 7:30pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 12:00am.
Tickets: £5
Buy online here: Available on the door

Ribble Valley Jazz Festival promoters announce an exciting new event with a difference – a Northern Soul Special courtesy of Clitheroe Soul Club, one of the North’s leading Soul and Motown clubs.

Northern Soul is a massive underground music and dance phenomenon, first appearing in the 1960s, now enjoying a stunning resurgence worldwide. Taking its roots from Soul, R&B, Gospel, Jazz, and Motown, Clitheroe Soul Club holds regular Northern Soul/Motown events at St Michael & John's Social Club, Saturdays and Sundays, this ‘one-off’ special is on Sunday night, May Day, with May Day Bank Holiday Monday following.

This event is brought about in association with Neil Grainger's Soul Shop, Whalley Road, Clitheroe - a unique establishment worth looking up whilst in town. Search for www.alittlebitofsoul.uk  first and then come into Clitheroe for a weekend of fine music - your chance to experience these iconic, vibrant music and dance styles for yourself at one of the friendliest Soul clubs in the North.

Line-up: DJ's - Neil Grainger, Geoff Buckley, Shaun Fitton - all on vinyl

May
Monday 2
From 11:30 am

Manjula - a Jazz North Northernline performance

Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk
Date: Monday 2 May, From 11:30am, Stage: 12:00noon to 2:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Manjula (melodious) has blossomed since formation in May 2014 exploring, innovating and bringing together rhythms and melodies from other cultures to create a beautiful mix and relationship of sounds from around the globe, incorporating Portuguese, African, Latin jazz influences.

Though an experienced band team Vanessa Rani Chutterghoon has created a project with the influence of other cultures and will take your mind on journeys to far away places and make you feel at home. In appearing at this festival Manjula has been supported by Jazz North’s Northernline programme.

Line-up: Vanessa Rani Chutterghoon - voice; Sam Bell – percussion; Joe Harris - guitarist; Simon Read - double bass.

May
Monday 2
From 12:00 pm

Bandstand Monday - Soul Convicts

Venue: The Bandstand at Clitheroe Castle Bandstand, Clitheroe BB7 1BA
Date: Monday 2 May, From 12:00pm to 1:00pm.
Tickets: FREE (bring a picnic!)

Soul Convicts, an experienced 10 piece Lancashire-based soul funk band, will open the festival'slively  Monday session on Clitheroe Castle Bandstand playing soul, disco, funk, pop.   Expect 'Tears of a Clown, Twisting the Night Away, and I Feel Good!

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

May
Monday 2
From 1:00 pm

Bandstand Monday - Blues-Tha-Noze

Venue: The Bandstand at Clitheroe Castle Bandstand, Clitheroe BB7 1BA
Date: Monday 2 May, From 1:00pm to 2:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Blues-Tha-Noze - a local blues band, are second on stage at the Castle Bandstand on jazz festival Bank Holiday Monday - expect a lively session from these guys.

Line-up: Tony Ellis - drums; Jim Halsall - guitar; Tim Jury - bass & vocals; Stephen Hall - keyboard

May
Monday 2
From 2:00 pm

Bandstand Monday - Rick Shaw & the Limehouse Laundry Boys

Venue: The Bandstand at Clitheroe Castle Bandstand, Clitheroe BB7 1BA
Date: Monday 2 May, From 2:00pm to 3:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Details to follow

May
Monday 2
From 3:00 pm

Bandstand Monday Princes Avenue Jazz Band

Venue: The Bandstand at Clitheroe Castle Bandstand, Clitheroe BB7 1BA
Date: Monday 2 May, From 3:00pm to 4:00pm.
Tickets: FREE

Princes Park Jazz Band for formed in 2015 by four Liverpool based musicians.  Each of them played the North West music scene with bands such as 'Sydney Baily's no good bunching clowns', 'Dead Hedge Trio' and 'Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band'. They come together with a shared passion for traditional New Orleans tunes to create a captivating, swinging, energetic performance of vintage jazz.

Line-up: David Searson - Guitar/Vocals; Nick Branton - Saxophone; Ben Harwood - Bass; Michael Metcalfe - Drums.

May
Monday 2
From 3:30 pm

Northern Jazz Orchestra & the Sparkle Sisters: a Salute to Glen Miller and the Dance Bands

Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Date: Monday 2 May, From 3:30pm, Stage: 4:00pm to 6:00pm.
Tickets: £12.50
Buy online here: from The Grand's website

A nostalgic afternoon evoking many memories of life and events from the 40s and 50s including Glenn Miller and other Dance bands from the era.

Recently featured on BBC2 'You Make Me Feel Like Dancing' Paul J Rigby and the Northern Jazz Orchestra will be playing all the classics like (‘In The Mood’/ ‘Woodchoppers Ball’ etc).  The band will be joined by the fabulous Sparkle Sisters, a vocal trio modeled around the fantastic close harmonies of the Andrews Sisters, as well as the music of the great swing and jazz bands of the 1930s and 1940s. Their superb voices, energetic and friendly personalities – together with the fabulous costumes of the era - all combine to make this act a must see! 

Line-up: PJ Rigby & Northern Jazz Orchestra with The Sparkle Sisters.

40s and forces dress is optional.

"It was an honour to sing with this great band" - Clare Teal.

May
Thursday 26
From 7:30 pm

Riognhach Connolly with Henry Botham

Venue: The Shireburn Arms Hotel, Whalley Road, Hurst Green, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9QJ
Tel: 01254 826 678 Web: www.shireburnarmshotel.co.uk
Date: Thursday 26 May, From 7:30pm to 10:00pm.
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable.

Henry Botham - keyboard; Riognhach Connolly - vocals.

Riognhach sings lowdown dirty jazz and blues with Henry, a bluesman on keys. The repertoire ranges from such diverse and timeless sources as the Boswell Sisters, Paul Robeson and Bessie Smith, to more modern artists such as Dr John and Jools Holland.

June
Friday 3
From 7:30 pm

The Omar Puente Quartet

Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Date: Friday 3 June, From 7:30pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:30pm.
Tickets: £12, members £10 Available soon

Exciting Cuban violinist of some note and sometime collaborator with Courtney Pine and the Jazz Warriors. A highly engaging musician, Omar is much sought after, so we are lucky, in Clitheroe, to be hosting this event.

June
Sunday 5
From 2:00 pm

Mark Lewis Trio with Lyn Fairbanks

Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 Web: www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk
Date: Sunday 5 June, From 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable.

Featuring: Ed Lomax - keyboard;  Derek Smith - drums; Mel Hatchman - bass, Lyn Fairbanks - vocals.

The Mark Lewis Trio is a popular local experienced band that presents fine music and great entertainment at any of their dinner jazz sessions. You will hear the best jazz standards from a band influenced by MJQ, George Shearing, Bill Evans, Horace Silver. The Mark Lewis Trio plays regularly in Clitheroe at The Grand’s Lunchtime Live sessions, and has played at all six Ribble Valley Jazz Festivals since 2010. A lively dinner jazz performance is in prospect, along with plenty of repartee with a cosy audience in the Spread Eagle’s Abbey Room. The sessions will be enhanced by some excellent vocals from Lyn Fairbanks

June
Thursday 9
From 7:30 pm

The Matt Wells 3

Venue: The Shireburn Arms Hotel, Whalley Road, Hurst Green, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9QJ
Tel: 01254 826 678 Web: www.shireburnarmshotel.co.uk
Date: Thursday 9 June, From 7:30pm to 10:00pm.
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable.

Line-up:  Matt Wells - lead guitar; James Cruickshank - tenor sax; Norman Helm - bass guitar.

The Matt Wells 3 who present a unique and relaxing line-up of two guitars and tenor sax, are well known in the Preston area. They like to be known as a Real Book band! 

July
Friday 1
From 7:30 pm

The Zoe Gilby Quartet

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

Newcastle's leading jazz vocalist returns to Clitheroe by popular demand, performing a repertoire of contemporary interpretations (including Pink Floyd and Kate Bush) plus some sophisticated originals. Great for a summer evening!

Zoe Gilby on vocals, Mark Williams on guitar, Andy Champion on dbl bass and Richard Brown on drums. TOP BAND! 

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