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May
Thursday 1
at 7:30 PM

FESTIVAL OPENING GIG: Camerata Ritmata

The Festival opens on Thursday 1st May at Grindleton Pavilion, a fine new village venue just 3 miles out of Clitheroe.

In Collaboration with Spot On Rural Touring LancashireSpot On Rural Touring

Date: Thursday 1st May 7.30pm to 10.00pm
Venue: Grindleton Pavilion, Sawley Road, Grindleton, BB7 4QS
Tickets: £10 adults; £8 concessions; Under 18s - £4
Available From: The Grand, Clitheroe - www.thegrandvenue.co.uk/event/camerata-ritmata

Camerata RitmataCamerata Ritmata performs new music fusing powerful sounds from across continents and epochs with soul stirring improvisation and a highly distinctive and affecting compositional style. Camerata Ritmata takes audiences on unique and fascinating musical journeys across the world, exploring cultures through accessible and immediate new music.

Simon Thacker explores new forms of music from all corner of the globe: the raw power and spirituality of Native American music; pulsating East African rhythms; colourful ragas of India & South Asia; distinctive melodies of Afghanistan, merging each with his own musical language, which draws on contemporary sounds and incredible musical experiences of the band.

Line up: Simon Thacker - guitar; Paul Harrison - piano/keyboard; Mario Lima Caribe - double bass; Stuart Brown - drums.

Listen:  www.simonthacker.co.uk/camerata-ritmata

May
Friday 2
at 12:00 PM

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Swing Band

At The Grand’s Lunchtime Live

Date: Friday 2nd May 12noon to 2pm
Venue: The Grand, York Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2DL
Tickets: £5; Jazz Club & Affinity Card Members £3 available from The Grand www.thegrandvenue.co.uk/event/lunchtime-live-crgs-swing-band

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Swing Band A Right Royal Opening to the 2014 Ribble Valley Jazz Festival comes by way of the local student swing band from CRGS, directed by Nigel Spooner for a lunchtime session of jazz standards by young musicians. Special guest appearance from ex-CRGS Swing Band musicians: pianist John Wickham, bassist Adam Lynch and drummer Tom Rice. Watch for a rash of CD’s - CRGS Swing Band have a new CD entitled 'Tequila’, and John Wickham Trio working on their first issue in time for the Festival.

May
Friday 2
at 5:00 PM

Djangobop

Date: Friday 2th May at 5.00 - 7.00
Venue: The Post House Hotel
Dinner Jazz: Free Gig - Advise booking a table - The Old Post House Hotel Tel: 01200 422025

DjangobopDjangobop play a heady mixture of standards, originals and Django Reinhardt compositions epitomising the Bohemian café scene of post war Paris. Performing with the classic "Gypsy Trio" of two guitars and bass, or contrabasse to be linguistically articulate, Djangobop implore you to pour a glass of wine, cancel anything you may have had planned for later and enjoy that very French feeling of “I’ll get around to it tomorrow” at The Post House Hotel.

Line-up: Matt Wells Guitar, Paul Murphy Guitar and John Wilton on Double Bass.

Youtube: http://youtu.be/ILegdcgAirM

May
Friday 2
at 8:00 PM

The Berry Trio

Date: Friday 2nd May, Doors 7.30, Stage 8pm to 10.30pm
Venue: The Atrium at Clitheroe Castle, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA
Tickets: £10, Members £8, + Booking Fee
Click here to book your tickets.

Steve BerryBassist & composer, Steve Berry, has had a huge impact on jazz ever since the 1980’s.  A notable CV includes Loose Tubes, teacher at Chethams & Royal Northern College of Music, and founding Musical Director of Jam Factory, a Blackburn Community Jazz Orchestra which included his whole family! The Berry family have always made music at home in Blackburn since 1989. In the 90’s they took jazz out into the local community, the whole family playing in the Jam Factory.

The two eldest children, Jessica & Dan, have forged careers in London having achieved  jazz degrees at the Royal Academy and Trinity College of Music. Jessica is one of the busiest and most in-demand singers in London. A prolific songwriter, her debut album is currently in production. Sax player Dan has played at London’s Vortex Club, and Reading & Leeds festivals. He plays & records as a solo improviser and with his horn section ‘The Brass Notes’. Ribble Festival Jazz Festival gives all three an opportunity to join forces and collaborate on music reflecting a shared passion for jazz.

An unusual line up of voice/piano, sax & bass encourages unique personal arrangements, delivering standards in a non-standard way. The Trio will include tunes from Gershwin and Porter, songs by Cassandra Wilson, Emily King, and Beady Belle, and some of their own compositions.

Line Up: Jessica Berry - voice/piano; Dan Berry - sax; Steve Berry - double bass

May
Friday 2
at 8:00 PM

The Boneshakers

Date: Friday 2nd May 8pm to 10.30pm
Venue: Clitheroe Social Club, 22 Wellgate, Clitheroe, BB7 2DP
Free Gig

BoneshakersOriginally formed in 1962 as the house band of the legendary Macambo Club in Darwen, The Boneshakers re-formed in 2010. They started to rock local venues with high energy & raucous slew of hot 60’s RnB classics. From Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Rolling Stones and a host of Merseybeat covers no “Stone” is left unturned - no quarter spared or given.

Line-up: Terry Walsh - guitar, Mike Platt - vocals, Brian Croasdale on Bass, Liz Nightingale - sax/flute, Dave Almond - drums.

May
Friday 2
at 8:00 PM

Julie Edwards & Kevin Dearden Duo

Date: Friday 2nd May at 8.00 - 10.30
Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, at Sawley
Dinner Jazz: Free Gig - Advise booking a table.

Julie Edwards and Kevin DeardenVocalist Julie Edwards and guitarist Kevin Dearden have worked exhaustively around the north of England and beyond. Julie & Kevin work as a duo and in larger formats playing mostly standards with own stylings. Julie studied at Leeds College of Music singing with the Duke Ellington Repertory Orchestra. Kevin took up saxophone at 20, studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. He took up jazz guitar 6 years ago and has made a transition to playing guitar exclusively on gigs. Julie and Kevin are looking forward to their Festival debut at the Spread Eagle, Sawley.

Line up: Julie Edwards - vocals, Kevin Dearden - guitar.

May
Saturday 3
at 10:30 AM

Jazz Train with Blowjangles

Date: Saturday 3rd May - Mid-morning - time to be confirmed
Venue: The Blackburn to Clitheroe Train
Tickets:

BlowjanglesTake a mid-morning Jazz Train from Blackburn to Clitheroe with Blowjangles!

May
Saturday 3
at 11:00 AM

STREET JAZZ FESTIVAL

Date: Saturday 3rd May 11.00 - 5.00
Venue: The Marquee, Castle Street, Clitheroe and Street Venues around town.
Featuring: Western Valley Hot Club, Dales Jam, St Augustine’s RC School Big Band, Blowjangles, Clitheroe Ukulele Orchestra, Marmaduke Schnitzel & The Vacant Radiators, Ribble Valley Jazz Collective.

Blowjangles at the Street Festival ClitheroeThe Saturday Street Festival is once again being co-ordinated in association with local music and arts group Valley Gigs.

Castle Street will be closed to traffic to enable a full day of festival events, live music and activities in the Festival’s own marquee situated opposite the Rose and Crown Hotel.

HEADLINERS: Western Valley Hot Club - Local talent at its best! Gaynor Sutcliffe, Clitheroe girl, with Simon Brady and Ray Whalley, current and ex Swing Commander musicians, give us swing, bluegrass and gypsy jazz in an hour long special. We are delighted to welcome this trio to the Street Fest.

WORLD PREMIER! Clitheroe Ukulele Orchestra, formed from last year’s workshop, make a first Street Fest appearance. New players welcome, any competence level, really good fun! Rehearsals every 2nd Tuesday at the New Inn, Clitheroe.
As well as music we will have buskers, face-painting, food stalls, balloons, fun for all. Special stalls from local traders, including Cheesie Tchaicovsky’s bread stall and Rose & Crown’s Hog Roast and Street Bar. And special tasters to be savoured in Cowman’s Famous Sausage Shop!

Valley Gigs will be running a number of workshops including the highly successful adult and children’s Ukulele Workshops.

More details of Street Festival at: www.valleygigs.co.uk

May
Saturday 3
at 11:00 AM

Kevin Morris Guitar

Date: Saturday 3rd May 11.00 - 12.30
Venue: Clitheroe Library, Church Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DG
Library Jazz: Free Gig

Kevin MorrisFine jazz guitar standards from Festival regular, Kevin Morris.

May
Saturday 3
at 11:00 AM

Ribble Valley Arts Studios

Date: Saturday 3rd May at 11.00 - 2.00
Venue: Harris Court/Wellgate
Tickets: FREE

Ribble Valley Art Studios

May
Saturday 3
at 11:30 AM

Pendle Jazzmen

Date: Saturday 3rd May at 11.30 - 1.30
Venue: Maxwell's Cafe Bar, King Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2EU
Cafe Jazz:  Free Gig

Pendle JazzmenTrad Jazz under Maxwell’s Café Bar Canopy.

May
Saturday 3
at 12:00 PM

Mark Lewis Trio & Friends

Date: Saturday 3rd May 12noon - 2pm
Venue: The Old Post House Hotel, King Street, Clitheroe BB7 2EU
Dinner Jazz: Free Gig - Advisable to book a table.

Mark Lewis TrioFestival regulars Mark Lewis Trio & Friends will be charming diners at Clitheroe’s popular hotel and restaurant with some fine jazz standards.

May
Saturday 3
at 12:00 PM

Aeola with Allison Clarke on vocals

Date: Saturday 3rd May - 12 noon to 2.00pm
Venue: The Atrium Café Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe, BB7 1BA
Café Jazz: Free gig - Sponsored by the Atrium Café Bar

Aeola with Allison ClarkeAeola the Manchester based band play jazz standards from some of the greats. Billy Holliday, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald. They also perform their own compositions, new jazz standards from their album Landscape. Enjoy this lyrical lunch time performance, lively latin, beautiful ballads and scintillating swing.

Line up: Allison Clarke - vocals, Andy Moorhouse - piano, Anthony Sharpe - double bass, William Unger - drums.

Web: https://soundcloud.com/aeola-jazz

Sponsor:

The Atrium Clitheroe

May
Saturday 3
at 1:00 PM

A Brief History of Piano Jazz

Date: Saturday 3 May - 1pm to 3pm
Venue: The Grand, York Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2DG
Tickets: £5 - Jazz Club members £4
Click here to book your tickets.

Trish Ferrarin and Paul Topping will look at the development of piano playing within the genre of jazz including a brief history from the days of Ragtime, the era of  Stride and the transition into Swing, Bebop and Modern Jazz. Works by Joseph Lamb, Scott Joplin, Jelly-Roll Morton, James P Johnson, Art Tatum, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Michel Petrucciani, and Michiel Borstlap will feature. Paul and Trish will also will look at the ‘language’ of jazz and share their approach to learning improvisation.

This presentation was previous staged at the Ribble Valley International Piano Festival in July 2013 and was a sell out, so be sure to reserve a seat at The Grand.

May
Saturday 3
at 3:00 PM

J J Wheeler

Date: Saturday 3rd May - 3pm to 5pm
Venue: The Swan & Royal Hotel, Castle Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2BT
Tickets: £5 - Jazz Club members £4, available from The Swan & Royal & The Atrium.
J J Wheeler

Formed in 2009, the JJ Wheeler Quintet rapidly made its mark on the British Jazz Scene. Young, fresh and energetic, the quintet received praise from big names, including Dave Holland and Jeff Ballard.

Recent performances include the Royal Albert Hall, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, and Swanage Jazz Festival.

Drawing on influences from Coltrane to Genesis, this group has a sound described by Tony Dudley-Evans (Artistic Director of Cheltenham Jazz Festival) as "truly unique. I don’t quite know where to place them on the spectrum of Jazz Styles". 2012 saw the release of the group's debut album, Unconventional, alongside their second UK Tour in as many years. All were met with critical acclaim.

Last year, 23 year old JJ Wheeler  was diagnosed with cancer, presenting him with many challenges. However, one positive result of his experience has been a new suite of music, A Question of Hope, started during treatment and completed recently, which reflects a journey through cancer.  JJ Wheeler presented A Question of Hope through his COME BACK STRONGER PROJECT at the 2013 London Jazz Festival. This is definitely a gig to buy into at Ribble Valley Jazz Festival!

http://www.jjwheeler.co.uk/

May
Saturday 3
at 5:00 PM

Cottonhouse Shakers

Date: Saturday 3rd May 5pm to 7pm
Venue:
The Rose & Crown, Castle Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2BT
Bar Jazz: Free Gig

Cottonhouse ShakersBlues Stage - Early Evening Session. The Cottonhouse Shakers return to the Rose & Crown following their very successful appearance two years ago. Presenting an eclectic mix of soulful blues and jazz funk, the group have been busy raising their profile around the country at festivals and events over the last two years. The Cottonhouse Shakers present a lively and very unique take on jazz and blues - their shows are always entertaining and fun. Arrive early to ensure a seat for this one!

Line-up: Gary Ward - guitar & vocals, Neil Cannings - keyboards, Derren Lee Poole - bass, Tim Jackson - drums.

Web: www.facebook.com/TheCHS

May
Saturday 3
at 8:00 PM

National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Date: Saturday 3rd May - 7.15pm doors, Stage 8.00pm - 10.30pm
Venue:  The Grand, York Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2DG
Tickets: £20 advanced ticket, £18.50 members, £12.50 U18s, £60 Family ticket
Click here to book your tickets.

One of the charitable aims of Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Club is supporting jazz performance among young people. RVJ&B has also promoted big band music in Lancashire for many years. We are delighted, therefore, to present the internationally celebrated ‘NYJO’ as our Saturday night festival headliner. NYJO is one of the UK’s longest-running ensembles for young people under 25 playing big-band jazz. Founded by Bill Ashton OBE in 1965, the orchestra still fulfils its’ founder’s vision by offering aspiring young musicians the opportunity to rehearse, write and gain experience in live performance.

National Youth Jazz OrchestraNYJO features 23 musicians and vocalists from around the country - the majority go on to become professional musicians. Alumni include Guy Barker, Mark Nightingale, Gerard Presencer, Pete Long, Dennis and Winston Rollins and Amy Winehouse. Members are encouraged to write their own arrangements and compositions, thereby creating a diverse repertoire to draw from in addition to classic big-band standards. National Youth Jazz Orchestra has around 40 albums to its credit. Its last album, The Change, was released to critical acclaim in September 2012.

Saturday will be a good day for Big Band fans. In addition to hearing NYJO on Saturday evening, there will be a chance to listen to local school and community big bands during the daytime as part of the Street Jazz Festival.

There is a fine tradition of high quality big band jazz in the North West over many years. So - the advice is - get your tickets in good time, perhaps as part of a Festival Rover Ticket? Then look forward to enjoying the NYJO concert. Look out for the CD’s at this gig.

Web: www.nationalyouthjazz.co.uk

May
Saturday 3
at 8:00 PM

Marley Chingus

Date: Saturday 3rd May 8pm to 9pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe, BB7 1BA
Tickets: + Dub Jazz Soundsystem both gigs together £12 - Members £10, + Booking Fee
Click here to book your tickets.

Marley ChingusLiverpool based Marley Chingus are a force to be reckoned with on the UK Jazz Scene producing electrifying performances with their 21st Century Be Bop.

Exploring the work of Trace, Monk, Mingus and beyond, these guys never let down the crowd…book early to avoid disappointment.” - Matt & Phred’s

Marley Chingus are carving up a massive reputation with the energetic and entertaining brand of contemporary jazz.” Zepherelli’s Jazz Club

Two bands - One ticket @ £12 - Members £10
See both Marley Chingus and Dub Jazz Soundsystem for one ticket!

May
Saturday 3
at 8:00 PM

John Wickham Trio

Date: Saturday 3rd May 8pm to 10.30pm
Venue:  Maxwell's Cafe Bar, King Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2EU
Cafe Jazz: Free Gig

John Wickham TrioJohn, Adam & Tom will have appeared in all five jazz festivals since 2010. The trio are local young men who have played together for over five years. They have built up a good following with regular sessionss at The Grand’s Lunchtime Live. An evening gig at Maxwell’s Cafe Bar will be a real treat. There may even be a debut CD available!

Line up: John Wickham - piano/keys, Adam Lynch - bass, Tom Rich - drums.

May
Saturday 3
at 9:00 PM

Dub Jazz Soundsystem

Date: Saturday 3rd May - 9.30pm to 11.00pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe, BB7 2BA
Tickets: + Marley Chingus both gigs together £12 - Members £10, + Booking Fee
Click here to book your tickets.

Dub Jazz Sound System

Dub Jazz are back from their fantastic sell-out 2012 Festival appearance with more of an awesome mix-up of heavy dub and psychedelic modal jazz brought to you by a mischievous collective of jazz dissidents and session musician monsters fro across the North West. In 2012 they produced a breathtaking combination of bass-heavy dub grooves and far-out modal jazz explorations, getting a full house into dancing mood. A festival treat not to be missed!

Two bands - One ticket @ £12 - Members £10
See both Marley Chingus and Dub Jazz Soundsystem for one ticket!

May
Sunday 4
at 10:00 AM

Improvisation Workshop - Trish Ferrain

Date: Sunday 4th May 10.00am - 12noon
Venue: The Grand, Yorks Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL
Workshop Fee: £10 adults; under 18s £5

Multi-Instrument Improvisation Workshop
Last year’s workshop with 18 participants was a festival first, and so successful that the workshop still continues on a monthly basis at The Atrium. Bring your own instrument and work with others to improve jazz improvisation skills under expert tuition.

Download: A workshop booking form here.

Phone/text: 07870 908159 for more details.

May
Sunday 4
at 12:00 PM

Paul Rigby Quartet

Date: Sunday 4th May 12noon - 2.00pm
Venue: The Atrium Café Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe, BB7 1BA
Tickets: Free Gig

Paul Rigby - drummer, band director, musical director - President of Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues! All that knowledge, skills and experience brought to you as the leader of the Paul J Rigby quartet, who return to The Atrium for a lunchtime gig that will present a lively performance of jazz standards on Jazz Sunday.

Line-up: Paul J Rigby - drums, Andy Gleave - keyboard, Rick Hallewell - sax, Nathan Welsh - bass.

May
Sunday 4
at 12:30 PM

Trombone Workshop - Dennis Rollins

Date: Sunday 4th May 12.30pm - 2.00pm
Venue: The Grand, Yorks Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2DL
Workshop Fee: £10 adults, under 18s £5, + Booking Fee
Click here to book your tickets.

Dennis RollinsWho better that Dennis Rollins to run a Festival trombone workshop? Here’s a chance for up to 20 trombonists, with at least 50% being young people, to fine tune their skills with one of the UK’s best trombone players. Part of the workshop will be quite special! One piece will be rehearsed as part of the tutorial, and then performed on stage with The Velocity Trio in the main gig - a great thrill for all trombonists.

Download: A workshop booking form here.

Phone/text: 07870 908159 for more details.

May
Sunday 4
at 1:00 PM

Sonny Intervals

Date: Sunday 4th May 1pm - 3pm
Venue: The Emporium, Moor Lane, Clitheroe BB7 1BE
Dinner Jazz: Free Gig - Advise booking a table.

Sonny IntervalsSteve Hemsworth and Janet Style make their Festival debut at the Emporium Wine Bar on Jazz Sunday! In that fine and relaxing environment, Steve and Janet will play an excellent selection of jazz ballads and standards to sooth your sunday afternoon.

May
Sunday 4
at 2:00 PM

Eric Ainsworth Trio & Friends

Date: Sunday 4th May at 2pm - 4pm
Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley, Clitheroe BB7 4NH
Dinner Jazz: Free Gig - Advise booking a table.

Eric AisnworthThe Eric Ainsworth Trio, a festival regular, is a very experienced and popular team around Lancashire & North West. They play monthly at The Grand’s Friday Lunchtime Live sessions to big audiences. The Trio will play a fine range of jazz standards well suited to Dinner Jazz sessions. Eddie Taylor guests on trombone.

Line-up: Eric Ainsworth - piano/keys, Jimmy Scaife - drums, Ken Marley - bass, Eddie Taylor - trombone

May
Sunday 4
at 2:30 PM

Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio

Date: Sunday 4th May Doors: 2:15pm Stage: 2:30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: The Grand, Yorks Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2DL
Tickets: £12.50 advance ticket (seated), members £11
Click here to book your tickets.

Preceded with a Trombone workshop from Dennis Rollins, 1pm at The Grand (£10 / £8 members / U18s: £5

Dennis Rollins Velocity TrioVirtuoso trombonist and composer Dennis Rollins is well known on the British and international jazz scene. His latest project, Velocity Trio, is yet another of his many successful endeavours.

The Ribble Valley Jazz Festival is thrilled to present this innovator of modern jazz with a ‘power trio’ of rare instrumentation (trombone-led with Hammond and drums). Dennis’ powerful and inventive trombone creates all the moods from funky and groovy to very melodic and lyrical. He takes risks and pushes the envelope with his creative and edgy approach to music.  

Joining Dennis is Ross Stanley (a true wizard of the Hammond organ) and drummer Pedro Segundo, who’s playing is spectacular and audacious.

The Velocity Trio has received rave reviews for their highly entertaining live shows and their album, “11th Gate”, highlighting both their skills as individual musicians and Dennis’ remarkable composing and arranging.

Rarely can an instrumental trio have produced such a rich and varied tonal range.” London Evening Standard

Rollins composes and performs with his customary panache, good humour, sumptuous tone and enviable facility for elegant yet catchy phrasing.” BBC Music Magazine - Jazz Album of Jan 2012 (Five Stars)

Video: http://vimeo.com/29385978

May
Sunday 4
at 5:00 PM

Rob Livesey Trio

Date: Sunday 4th May 5pm to 7pm
Venue: The Rose & Crown, Castle Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2BT
Tickets: Free gig - in the bar

 Rob Livesey TrioThe Rob Livesey Trio features Roberto Ruiz on bass and Mike Partridge on drums. Expect tunes you know, but done in a way you don’t, with the emphasis on improvisation and permutation. Three very talented musicians who come to together to have fun, jam and groove. Exciting stuff!

Line-up: Rob Livesey - Guitar & Vocals, Roberto Ruiz on bass and Mike Partridge on drums.
Web: www.roblivesey.com

May
Sunday 4
at 5:30 PM

Saxophone Workshop - Snake Davis

Date: Sunday 4th May 5.30
Venue: The Grand, York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DG
Workshop Fee: £10 adults; under 18s £5, + Booking Fee
Click here to book your tickets.

Snake DavisSnake Davis is well established as one of the Top UK Saxophonists, so it’s a privilege to have him run a sax workshop during the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival up to 20 players. Players of any age or experience will be able to improve their skills from a Snake Davis workshop.

Download: A workshop booking form here.

Phone/text: 07870 908159 for more details.

May
Sunday 4
at 6:00 PM

Poetry meets Jazz!

Date: Sunday 4th May 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: The Swan & Royal Hotel, 26 Castle St, Clitheroe BB7 2BX
Tickets: £5 Available from Swan & Royal or the Atrium

Poetry & Music with Rory Motion & Stanza

Valley Gigs presents - Poetry meets Jazz - A First for Ribble Valley Jazz Festival! This gig kicks off with an early evening half-hour presentation of music themed poetry introducing the writing talents of the Pendle Lancashire Poetry Society, Stanza, with the help of local musicians. Plus a short spell of the unique sounds of Clitheroe Ukelele Club, a by-product of last year’s successful festival workshops, having celebrated their Christmas debut on Clitheroe Market and at The Grand.

Headlining Poetry meets Jazz will bean entertaining performance featuring the many talents of Rory Motion. Rory, a poet, musician, impersonator, and wordsmith, has performed at every Glastonbury Festival since 1989. His unique blend of wit & wisdom appeals to a wide range of generations and political leanings. For instance, in the space of one week in 1996, Rory appeared on Radios 2 & 4, performed at an anthroposophical conference, and followed a benefit gig for the anarchist magazine Squall by being guest speaker for the Harrogate Rotarians. Beat that! 

Look forward to an evening of verse, laughter, and irreverence!

May
Sunday 4
at 8:00 PM

Snake Davis Band

Date: Sunday 4th May - Doors 7.30pm - Show 8pm - 10.30pm
Venue: The Grand, York Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2DG
Tickets: £12.50 advance ticket - £11 members
Click here to book your tickets.

Snake DavisPreceded with a Saxophone masterclass from Snake Davis, 5.30pm at The Grand (£10/£8 members / U18s £5 +Booking Fee)

The career of Snake Davis has come a long way since the days of his appearances with his band The Alligator Shoes at the “Rolling Thunder” club at Clitheroe’s Swan and Royal back in the early 1990s. Snake returns to town with The Snake Davis Band and the audience can expect a fabulous set of supremely performed melody driven jazz-funk as well as some classic soul and Northern standards.

Schooled at Leeds College of Music, Snake immersed himself in the general northern music scene, becoming the regular saxophonist for the M-People as they hit the big time with anthems like “Moving on Up” and “Search for the Hero” and the Eurythmics.

He remains in demand from the biggest names on the British popular music scene, as well as visiting artists from overseas. As resident saxophonist on "Tonight With Jonathan Ross" he played with the likes of James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Chaka Khan and many more. This show will be a mixture of seated and standing to allow for a dancefloor.

Line-up: Snake Davis - saxophone / flute, Bryan Hargreaves - drums, Paul Birchall - Hammond/keys, Neil Fairclough - bass.

Web: www.snakedavis.com

May
Monday 5
at 10:30 AM

Drumming For Beginners - Paul J Rigby

Date: Monday 5th May 10.30am - 12.30pm
Venue: The Grand, York Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2DG
Workshop Fee: £10 adults, under 18s £5

Paul Rigby Drum WorkshopThis workshop is aimed at drummers of all ages who are curious about learning to play drums but haven’t had the opportunity to try. You will be looking at basic rhythms and understanding more about the kit and notation. Interested in learning to play?

Come along… by the end of the session you will be a drummer!

Download: A workshop booking form here.

Phone/text: 07870 908159 for more details.

May
Monday 5
at 12:00 PM

Matt Holborn Quartet

Date: Monday 5th May 12.00 - 2.00
Venue: The Atrium Café Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe, BB7 1BA
Cafe Jazz: Free Gig

Matt Holborn QuartetThe Matt Holborn Quartet are an exciting young Leeds based gypsy jazz band. Playing a mix of gypsy swing, jazz standards, bebop and world music, the quartet’s aim is to keep this style of jazz fresh, new and exciting whilst paying homage to the traditions of the music.

Line-up: Matt Holborn - violin; Ben Mallen - lead guitar, Ben Danzig - rhythm guitar, Simon Read - bass.

Web: www.mattholborn.com

May
Monday 5
at 2:00 PM

Gary Boyle’s Bruze

Date: Monday 5th May 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Venue: The Rose & Crown, Castle Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2BT
In the bar: Free Gig

Gary BoyleGuitarist Gary Boyle, from 70s jazz/rock fusion band Isotope, returns with this new trip featuring Ian Rose (Hammond Organ) and Steve Tann (drums).

May
Monday 5
at 4:00 PM

Tipitina & The One Voice Community Choir

Date: Monday 5th May - Doors 3.30pm - Stage 4.00pm to 6.00pm
Venue: The Grand, York Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2DG
Tickets: £12.50 advance ticket - seated, members £11, + Booking Fee
Click here to book your tickets.

TipitinaA unique and exclusive festival collaboration concert between one of the best-rated Blues bands in the business, Tipitina, and the highly regarded Lancashire based, The One Voice Community Choir, led by the inspirational Tyndale Thomas MBE. What they have in common is the breathtaking vocals of Debbie Jones, who fronts Tipitina’s range of New Orleans boogie, blues and jazz, and also joins the choir for some gospel numbers. This concert is sure to provide a rousing finale to the festival.

The One Voice Community Choir

This concert is sure to provide a rousing finale to the festival.

Tipitina Line-up: Justin Randall - piano, Debbie Jones - lead vocal & acoustic guitar, Andy Jones - lead guitar, James Agg - double bass, Bryan Hargreaves - drums.

Web: www.myspace.com/tipitinaartist    www.onevoice.org.uk

June
Friday 6
at 8:00 PM

POST FESTIVAL GIG: Soweto Kinch Trio

Date: Friday 6th June at 8pm - 10.30pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe, BB7 1BA
Tickets: £12, members £10, available on the door.

Post Festival Celebration Gig

Soweto Kinch Trio

Soweto Kinch in Clitheroe! Award winning alto-saxophonist and MC, Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in the British jazz and hip hop scenes. He has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic, in October 2007 winning his second MOBO Award at the O2 Arena when he was announced as winner of ‘Best Jazz Act’ category.
 
Soweto's 2010 release The New Emancipation drew inspiration from 19th century work songs and early blues. Number one on the Rise Best Albums of 2010, the album featured a prestigious international lineup.

The 2013/14 ‘Legend of Mike Smith' tour sees Soweto Kinch presenting all new material in anticipation of a new album. The performance draws on Dante and The Seven Deadly sins. Featuring a core trio including Karl Rasheed Abel on bass and Shaney Forbes on Drums Kinch explores the full breadth of human emotion in Hip Hop and jazz form.

A real tour de force – a contemporary take on The Seven Deadly Sins’. John Fordham – The Guardian.

July
Friday 11
at 8:00 PM

The Weave

Date: Friday 3rd October at 8pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe, BB7 1BA
Tickets: £10 - Members £8, available on the door.

The WeaveJazz North and RVJB present: The Weave. They got a standing ovation here where they played recently and were both energetic and entertaining. This brilliant 6 piece are subsidised by Jazz North.

September
Friday 5
at 8:00 PM

The Lukas Oravec Quartet

Date: Friday 5th September at 8pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe, BB7 1BA
Tickets: £10 - Members £8, available on the door.

Lukas Oravec Quartet

Very fortunate indeed are we to have this mainstream trumpet/flugel horn player from Zlina in Slovenia. Anybody who has listened to the great Polish trumpeter, Tomasz Stenko, will hear the Eastern European connection in Lucas' playing.

October
Friday 3
at 8:00 PM

Trish Clowes and Tangent

Trish Clowes TangentDate: Friday 3rd October at 8pm
Venue: The Atrium Café Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe, BB7 1BA
Tickets: £10 - RVJ&B Members and Concert Society Members  £8, available on the door.

This much discussed musician (Royal Academy) and her band Tangent are very keen to bring their jazz fusion (and this time it's classical) North of Watford. Probably playing self-penned compositions from the recent CD "And in the Night-time She is There."

This event is co-hosted by Clitheroe Concert Society with RVJ&B.

The line-up will include James Maddren on drums, Callem Gourley on bass, Chris Montegue on guitar.

Web: www.trishclowes.com

November
Friday 7
at 8:00 PM

Phil Clouts Quartet

Date: Friday 7th November at 8pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe, BB7 1BA
Tickets: £10 - Members £8, available on the door.

Phil Clouts QuartetModest, hard working little band with a very distinctive sound. Recent CD 'The hour of Pearl' is a mainstream classic.

December
Friday 5
at 8:00 PM

Alan Barnes Quartet

Date: Friday 5th December at 8pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe, BB7 1BA
Tickets: £12 - Members £10, available on the door.

Alan will be playing two 3rds original music.

Line-up: Errol Roberts on drums, Les Chisnell on keys, Steve Berry on double bass.

Good one for Xmas Party!

Alan Barnes Quartet

 

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

Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues and it's Festival, RVJF, is independent, run by committee, and dependent on income from the audience. In keeping with our policy of helping local youth jazz, the support bands will either feature musicians from local schools or from our jammin’ sessions.

Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Ltd is a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee. Company No: 7325147 Charity No: 1138083

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