Jazz Club & Annual Jazz Festival

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Our gig list for the rest of the year and into 2017.

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WHAT'S ON JAZZ GUIDE

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Seamus Blake

MONTHLY CLUB GIG | Seamus Blake Trio + Support: Blind Monk Trio

Friday 3 February 2017 From 7:30pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk
Tickets: £12, members £10, + on the door

This event is part of the NORVOL International Touring Programme.

New York based saxophonist/composer SEAMUS BLAKE is recognized as one of the finest exponents of contemporary jazz. His music is known for its sophistication, bold improvisations and “sheer swagger". John Scofield, who hired Seamus for his “Quiet Band,” called him “extraordinary, a total saxophonist.” Throughout his 24 year career, Seamus has garnered considerable critical praise for his masterful playing, his fine compositional skills and for his facility as a leader. Superconductor is Seamus’ most ambitious project to date and was released in December 2015. The talent includes Nate Smith, Matt Garrison, Scott Kinsey, a 7 piece orchestral ensemble as well as special guest appearances by John Scofield and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. The album marks the debut of Seamus on EWI (electronic wind instrument).

 Seamus Blake was born December 1970 in England and raised in Vancouver, Canada. At age 21, while still a student at Boston's prestigious Berklee College, he was asked to record with legendary drummer Victor Lewis. After graduation, he moved to New York, where he rapidly established himself on the New York jazz scene. In February 2002, Seamus took first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in Washington D. C. As the winner, he performed with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock.

 As a leader/co-leader , Seamus has released 16 albums. He is featured as a sideman on over 70 CDs.

 Seamus has played on six of of the Grammy nominated Mingus bands’ albums He continues to play and record with Bill Stewart, Kevin Hays, David Kikoski and Alex Sipiagin. Seamus is frequently featured as a guest artist. In 2010 he was guest of honor at the International Saxophone Symposium in Washington hosted by the US Navy Band. Seamus was a member of John Scofield’s Quiet Band and toured and recorded with Dave Douglas. Some of the many other artists he has worked with include Eric Reed, Ethan Iverson, Chris Cheek, and Matt Penman.

 “Few artists are capable of delivering near-perfection every time but Blake is one of them, with nary a misstep here and a consistent ability to create a clear narrative with every solo." All About Jazz.

 "One of the most versatile of the younger breed of academically trained jazzmen..." Jazz Times.

Website: www.seamusblake.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsxYR-PpOZ4

BLIND MONK TRIO put a fresh, modern spin on the classic chordless trio format, with influences from the whole history of the genre (Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, FLY, Avishai Cohen (Trumpet), J.D. Allen Trio...) blended with dark cinematic grooves and eastern folk.

 '"The spirit of Thelonius Monk with rock’n’roll attitude: a nod to the great piano-less trios with a dose Persian traditional music." - Steve Mead, Director Manchester Jazz Festival

Food available from 5pm to 7.30pm. Pizzas, garlic bread, pulled-pork sandwiches, mezzes and bar snacks are on the menu. Book a table: 01200 442630. An early start to your jazz sessions once a month - saves cooking & washing up!

 
Mark Lewis Trio

Mark Lewis Trio with Lyn Fairbanks

Sunday 5 February 2017 From 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 Web: www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk
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 presenting fine music and great entertainment at their dinner jazz sessions. You will hear the best jazz standards from a band influenced by George Shearing, Bill Evans, Horace Silver. The Mark Lewis Trio 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 excellent vocals from Lyn Fairbanks.

 
Eric Ainsworth

Eric Ainsworth Trio with Lynn Fairbanks

Thursday 9 February 2017 From 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Venue: The Shireburn Arms Hotel, Whalley Road, Hurst Green, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9QJ | Tel: 01254 826 678 Web: www.shireburnarmshotel.co.uk
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable if dining.

Featuring Eric Ainsworth - keyboard; Lyn Fairbanks - Vocals; Dave Turner - Bass; Eddie Taylor - Trombone

The Eric Ainsworth Trio with Lyn Fairbanks is a popular band for dinner jazz sessions throughout the Ribble Valley. Eric on keyboard is a local legend with huge following from musicians and audiences. Special guests are always a feature of Eric’s gigs! Eddie ‘Trombone’ Taylor will treat you to some husky vocals as well as cool trombone. You will hear fine jazz standards as featured on Eric’s CD. Lyn Fairbanks’ vocal will be as delightfully presented as ever.

 
Holms mill engine room

Jazz Jam at the Brewery

Thursday 16 February 2017 From 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Venue: Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB
Web: www.holmesmill.co.uk
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable if dining.

Resident band, Trish Ferrarin’s Breaking Jazz, will be the focus from 7.30pm to 10pm for a lively jazz jam session featuring guest performers, and giving opportunities for enthusiastic, new and experienced musicians the chance to express themselves playing their favourite tunes more freely, and possibly with a flair for improvisation. Guests and jammers who will be instrumentalists or singers, or both, will have the chance to play with an experienced backline, sharing in the delivery of tunes, and performing one or two solos. Age and levels of experience are no barrier to having a go in a jazz jam session, especially with an experienced band lead by jazz musician and tutor, Trish Ferrarin, and there is no need for potential jammers to book a spot, just turn up on the night with your instrument, and let the band know you are there!

More info >

 
Alex Hutton trio

MONTHLY CLUB GIG | Alex Hutton Trio

Friday 3 March 2017 From 7:30pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk
Tickets: £10, members £8, + available on the door

Alex is a noted composer for the ‘reborn’ trio format as albums like ‘SONGS FROM SEVEN HILLS’ and ‘LEGENTIS’ testify – both highly evocative of places and people he has played alongside most of the leading jazz figures in the UK.

Trio members include: Yuri Goloubev on bass, Asaf Sirkis on drums and Alex Hutton on piano.

“A great British talent and a wonderful natural pianist” (Ronnie Scott)

Website: www.alexhuttonmusic.com
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONTayG47en0

Hutton is an established pianist on the London Jazz scene. Over the last 10 years he has worked with most of the leading figures, (Jim Mullen, Bobby Wellins, Art Themen, Pete King, Don Weller, Dave O Higgins, Dave Green. Pete Wareham.)

After completing a BA Hons degree in American Studies (culminating in a semester in New York studying the sociology and development of Bebop), that Hutton decided to turn his focus fully to Jazz piano. A successful performance on a regional TV Jazz competition, won the appraisal of the late Ronnie Scott who described Hutton as a ‘great British talent and a wonderfully natural pianist’. Moving to London during the mid 90’s, Hutton won a full scholarship to the Guildhall school of music and drama for an intense year of Post grad jazz study.

After leaving the Guildhall, Hutton’s early piano trio included Scottish virtuoso drummer Stuart Ritchie. Touring with this lineup around Scotland the north of England, and Cypress, the trio at this stage focused more on contemporary hard swinging direction more associated with New York. After a brief stint playing keyboards with Ola Onabule’s soul group 2006, Hutton returned to the piano trio format

Hutton’s first album of original compositions ‘Cross That Bridge’ (33jazz33) was released in 2006 (33 Records) and signaled a move away from conventional piano trio music . with a search for fresh approaches to the song form and an emphasis on capturing a broad spectrum of textures Hutton’s second album ‘Songs From The Seven Hills’ (33jazz177) released 2008, is an evocative powerful trio recording inspired by the landscape and people of Hutton’s native Sheffield.

The third album by his trio, "Legentis" (on F-IRE Label) was released in May 2012 and greatly acclaimed by British music press.

Alex hails from Sheffield originally but has been based in London for some 10 years where he is in demand as a club programmer, radio presenter, composer (for film too) and pianist. This tour is to promote his third studio album Legentis (Atlantis and Legend compressed) which has a through-composed feeling as though a score for an imaginary film. His expert pianistic skills are supported by the virtuosity of Yuri and Asaf - both musicians with skills in a wide range of styles and able to contribute fully to the feel of the music and direction of any piece.

"... This band's melodic warmth, their sympathetic fusion of piano with bass lines of cello-like elegance, and the fiery urgency of the drums. It's the kind of music that speaks to a wide listenership, whether its roots are appreciated or not." - John Fordham (Guardian)
 

Food available from 5pm to 7.30pm. Pizzas, garlic bread, pulled-pork sandwiches, mezzes and bar snacks are on the menu. Book a table: 01200 442630. An early start to your jazz sessions once a month - saves cooking & washing up!

 
Ribble Jazz Collective

Ribble Valley Jazz Collective

Sunday 5 March 2017 From 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 Web: www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable.

Featuring Paul Rigby - Band Director

Ribble Valley Jazz Collective Big Band returns to the Spread Eagle, directed by Paul J Rigby who is of the most experienced band leaders and directors in the North West, having completed 25 years leading the famous Northern Jazz Orchestra. This local big band will give you a rousing and entertaining performance that will include famous big band tunes, probably including Tuxedo Junction, Mack the Knife, and a harmonious rendition of Me & My Shadow in The Spread Eagle’s Abbey Suite.

 
Mark Lewis Trio

Mark Lewis Trio with Lyn Fairbanks

Thursday 9 March 2017 From 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Venue: The Shireburn Arms Hotel, Whalley Road, Hurst Green, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9QJ | Tel: 01254 826 678 Web: www.shireburnarmshotel.co.uk
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable if dining.

9th March 7pm to 9.30pm Mark Lewis Trio with Lyn Fairbanks

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

The Mark Lewis Trio is a popular local experienced band presenting fine music and great entertainment at their dinner jazz sessions. You will hear the best jazz standards from a band influenced by George Shearing, Bill Evans, Horace Silver. The Mark Lewis Trio 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 Shireburn Arms area. The sessions will feature excellent vocals from Lyn Fairbanks.

 
The Engine Room Holmes Mill

Jazz Jam at the Brewery

Thursday 16 March 2017 From 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Venue: Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB
Web: www.holmesmill.co.uk
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable if dining.

Resident band, Trish Ferrarin’s Breaking Jazz, will be the focus from 7.30pm to 10pm for a lively jazz jam session featuring guest performers, and giving opportunities for enthusiastic, new and experienced musicians the chance to express themselves playing their favourite tunes more freely, and possibly with a flair for improvisation. Guests and jammers who will be instrumentalists or singers, or both, will have the chance to play with an experienced backline, sharing in the delivery of tunes, and performing one or two solos. Age and levels of experience are no barrier to having a go in a jazz jam session, especially with an experienced band lead by jazz musician and tutor, Trish Ferrarin, and there is no need for potential jammers to book a spot, just turn up on the night with your instrument, and let the band know you are there!

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Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017

Pre Jazz-Fest Fringe Event in association with UCLan | Soweto Kinch + Nérija

Saturday 1 April 2017 From 8:00pm to 12:00am
Venue: UCLAN - 53 Degrees Club, Brook Street, Preston PR1 7BQ
Tickets: TBC

A Pre Jazz-Fest Fringe Event in association with UCLan

NerijaNérija

Date: Saturday 1 April, 2017
From: 8:00pm To: 10:00pm
Venue: Preston - 53 Degrees Club
Tickets: TBC

Line-up: Sheila Maurice-Grey - trumpet; Rosie Turton – trombone; Cassie Kinoshi - alto saxophone; Nubya Garcia - tenor saxophone; Shirley Tetteh – guitar; Inga Eichler - double bass; Lizy Exell – drums.

Recently nominated for Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year 2016, Nérija are a collective of up and coming, London-based musicians playing exciting and original music inspired by Jazz, Hip Hop, Afrobeat and South African Township. Together they have toured across Europe and the UK in addition to performing alongside top UK jazz musicians such as Nathaniel Facey of Empirical, pianist Zoe Rahman, and supporting Jazz Jamaica at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.

Nérija's most recent performances include UK festivals A Love Supreme, Latitude, Brainchild, Manchester Jazz Festival, Jazz Re:Fest and EFG London Jazz Festival. In 2015, their set supporting Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at the Manchester Jazz Festival was featured on BBC Radio 3. 2016 has seen them release their self-titled debut EP, perform at the Barbican Centre and Cadogan Hall, as well as sell out their headline performance at the EFG London Jazz Festival.

"An all-female band featuring some really strong players and some excellent writing." Jez Nelson, BBC Radio, Jazz on 3

Listen to music from their new EP at: http://www.nerijamusic.com/music-1/

Soweto KinchSoweto Kinch

Date: Saturday 1 April, 2017
From: 10:00pm To: 12:00am
Venue: Preston - 53 Degrees Club
Tickets: TBC

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Eddy Taylor

Eric Ainsworth Trio with Eddie Taylor

Sunday 2 April 2017 From 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 Web: www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable.

Eric AinsworthFeaturing Eric Ainsworth - keyboard; Ken Marley - double bass; Jimmy Scaife -drums, and guest Eddie Taylor - trombone.

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 from musicians and audiences. Special guests are always a feature of Eric’s gigs! Eddie ‘Trombone’ Taylor will treat you to some husky vocals as well as cool trombone. You will hear fine jazz standards as featured on Eric’s CD, and get a high quality performance from an experienced band.

 
Trish Ferrarin Breakin' Jazz

Trish Ferrarin’s Breaking Jazz

Thursday 20 April 2017 From 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Venue: The Shireburn Arms Hotel, Whalley Road, Hurst Green, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9QJ | Tel: 01254 826 678 Web: www.shireburnarmshotel.co.uk
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable if dining.

20th April 7pm to 9.30pm Trish Ferrarin’s Breaking Jazz              

Featuring Trish Ferrarin - keyboard, and guests

Trish Ferrarin’s Breaking Jazz is a popular band at the Emporium for Ribble Valley Jazz Festival, and is increasingly featured at dinner jazz sessions in Ribble Valley area. Trish is an experienced jazz piano player and a jazz music tutor, spending much of her time supporting the development of young musicians. Breaking Jazz will perform popular jazz tunes in the band’s unique and lively style.

 
Holms mill engine room

Jazz Jam at the Brewery

Thursday 20 April 2017 From 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Venue: Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB
Web: www.holmesmill.co.uk
Tickets:

Resident band, Trish Ferrarin’s Breaking Jazz, will be the focus from 7.30pm to 10pm for a lively jazz jam session featuring guest performers, and giving opportunities for enthusiastic, new and experienced musicians the chance to express themselves playing their favourite tunes more freely, and possibly with a flair for improvisation. Guests and jammers who will be instrumentalists or singers, or both, will have the chance to play with an experienced backline, sharing in the delivery of tunes, and performing one or two solos. Age and levels of experience are no barrier to having a go in a jazz jam session, especially with an experienced band lead by jazz musician and tutor, Trish Ferrarin, and there is no need for potential jammers to book a spot, just turn up on the night with your instrument, and let the band know you are there!

 
Get the Blessing

FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT: Get The Blessing

Thursday 27 April 2017 From 7:00pm, Stage: 7:45pm to 10:00pm
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Tickets: Tickets: £15 / £14 members Book now: from The Grand's website

Ribble Valley Jazz Festival 2017

Line-up: Jake McMurchie – saxophone and electronics; Pete Judge – trumpet, flugel horn, piano and electronics; Jim Barr – bass, electronics and organ; Clive Deamer – drums and percussion.

Get the Blessing wear their jazz credentials lightly but defiantly. They described themselves as “total outsiders” and “the punk entry” when they won the 2008 BBC Jazz Award for Best Album with ‘All Is Yes’. Four critically-acclaimed albums down the line, the same could still be said to hold true, albeit with a little more wisdom at their disposal. Their latest release “Astronautilus” is dedicated to the memory of legendary saxophone player Ornette Coleman, who passed away in June 2015. Coleman's early work was pivotal to the band’s formation in 2000 and continues to inspire their boldly monophonic instrumentation. Get The Blessing also retain their original line up with the rock-solid rhythm section of Portishead duo Jim Barr and Clive Deamer supporting the sax/trumpet front line of Jake McMurchie and Pete Judge. That they can still produce such creative and intelligent music – all balanced with wit and passion – as well as find time to work on other projects, is testament to the free spirit that they embody.

 “...may well be the most original and exciting band on the British scene at the moment.” Jazzwise Magazine

 Website: www.gettheblessing.com

 
Julie Edwards Kevin Dearden

Julie Edwards and Kevin Dearden, plus Ed Barnwell

Thursday 27 April 2017 From 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Venue: The Aspinall Arms, Mitton Rd, Mitton, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9PQ | Tel: 01254 826 555
Web: www.brunningandprice.co.uk/aspinallarms
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable.

Line-up: Julie Edwards - vocals, Kevin Dearden - bass guitar, Ed Barnwell - electric piano.

For the third year running we welcome vocalist Julie Edwards and guitarist Kevin Dearden, an experienced and popular jazz duo who have entertained previous Festival audiences with their fine interpretations of jazz and pop standards. You will also be be able to enjoy the passionate piano playing of Ed Barnwell, who balances poised classical moods with effusive, rolling passages.

 
Jazz Jamaica

Jazz Jamaica

Friday 28 April 2017 From 7:00pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:30pm
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Tickets: Tickets: £21 / £20 members Book now: from The Grand's website

Line-up: Gary Crosby double bass; Denys Baptiste tenor saxophone; Camilla George alto saxophone; Mark Crown trumpet; Harry Brown trombone; Ben Burrell piano; Shirley Tetteh guitar; Pete Eckford percussion; Rod Youngs drums.

A big band with a difference! Britain's favourite 'skazz' (Ska/Jazz) band is the brain-child of original Jazz Warrior and veteran jazz double bassist, Gary Crosby. Powered by the rhythms of traditional Jamaican music (mento, ska, reggae) and the improvisational freedom of jazz, Jazz Jamaica have rightly earned their reputation as ‘one of the UK’s leading good-time bands’ (The Independent) from their many exuberant live performances over the past two decades. You don’t need to know about jazz to enjoy an evening with this all-star band - the music is so infectious, it's a safe bet they will have you dancing in the aisles!

Don't take our word for it – see what the papers say:

“Breathtaking stuff. Britain has its own rival to the Buena Vista Social Club.” The Guardian

“Jazz Jamaica would see off Jools Holland’s more famous Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.” The Times

“Unashamedly enjoyable.” The Financial Times

“Britain’s finest big band.” The Times

“Grooves from start to finish and is a completely successful amalgamation of Caribbean rhythms and the big band tradition.” Jazz UK

Website: https://garycrosbybass.com/jazzjamaica/

 
Alexandra Ridout Quartet

Alexandra Ridout Quintet / Lancashire Youth Jazz Orchestra / Jam Experiment

Saturday 29 April 2017 From 1:30pm, Stage: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Tickets: £12.00 ADV / £11.00 Member / £5.00 U16's (For Ribble Valley Jazz Club Member Tickets, please contact Box Office on 01200 421599) Book now: from The Grand's website

Celebrating Jazz by Young Musicians 

Featuring: Alexandra Ridout Quintet / Lancashire Youth Jazz Orchestra / Jam Experiment
 
This festival gig is an opportunity for Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues to demonstrate an exciting future for live jazz music through appearances of the best young jazz musicians from Lancashire and across the UK.    Lancashire Youth Jazz Orchestra (LYJO), a premier regional big band directed by Paul J Rigby, is joined in music by two young bands with a huge national profile thanks to one member from each UK band becoming a winner of the BBC’s Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award in 2015 and 2016.   Alexandra Ridout, trumpeter and Award Winner for 2016, brings the Alexandra Ridout Quintet to open this youth jazz concert in fine style, following an appearance at the 2016 Manchester Jazz Festival.  Her band will be followed by locally acclaimed and accomplished band, the Lancashire Youth Jazz Orchestra, and a sensational finale will see a combination of both bands joining with Jam Experiment, our Festival’s first ever Band-in-residence, featuring Alexander Bone, the 2015 Young Jazz Musician of the Year.   Be sure to join us at this celebration of high quality live jazz from premier young jazz musicians.
 

Lancashire Youth Jazz Orchestra

 
Founded over 40 years ago and, now under the Musical Direction of Paul Rigby, continues to provide an opportunity for talented young jazz musicians from across the county to develop their skills and take their music making to an advanced level. The jazz orchestra has performed with many well-known musicians such as Kenny Baker, Mark Nightingale, Georgie Fame, Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams and Lee Gibson, and have recently represented England at the prestigious Aberdeen International Youth Festival.
 

Alexandra Ridout Quintet

Alexandra Ridout (17) is the current holder of the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016.  "We were enchanted by Alexandra’s presence as a musician, her sound, but I think most importantly there was a relationship with the blues and swinging that sounds important in her playing” – Julian Joseph, Chair of the jury of the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016.
Alexandra brings her precociously  talented quintet of Noah Stoneman (15) – piano, Miles Mindlin (15) – guitar, Freddie Jensen (17) – bass and Luca Caruso (17) – drums to performing a set of originals and standards, from classic jazz to D’Angelo.

Jam Experiment 

Rory Ingham (trombone),  Alexander Bone (saxophone), Toby Comeau (keys), Joe Lee (bass), Jonathan Mansfield (drums)
 
Jam Experiment are a young jazz quintet now based in London, originally coming together at Chetham's School of Music, Manchester. They won the 2014 Jazz North Introduces Scheme, shortly after their debut gig supporting Liane Carroll. They have played at leading jazz festivals across the UK, leaving audiences in awe. The lineup includes the winner of the inaugural BBC Young Musician Jazz Award, saxophonist Alexander Bone. The band are based in London, studying at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Expect an energetic approach of original compositions and arrangements.
 
"Jam Experiment is one of the best young bands I've ever heard. The instrumental playing is highly accomplished, but most impressively, this is a band that swings, has great arrangements and knows how to present itself. A really refreshing presence on the scene."- Alan Barnes
 
Awards
'Jazz North Introduces' scheme winners
Alexander Bone - BBC Young Jazz Musician
 
Layout: ​Unreserved Seating

 
YolanDa Brown

YolanDa Brown Quartet

Saturday 29 April 2017 From 7:00pm, Stage: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Tickets: Tickets: £16.50 / £15.50 Members Book now: from The Grand's website

Line-up:

Multi-award winning saxophonist and singer-songwriter YolanDa Brown is back on the road with her own show, after her second tour with Billy Ocean, and we are glad to welcome her to Clitheroe. YolanDa Brown is one of the precious few truly independent artists whose DIY ethic hasn't hindered the progress of her career. She has spent several years on the jazz circuit, touring with The Temptations, Errol Brown, Courtney Pine and Diana Krall and collaborating with artists such as Mica Paris, Soweto Kinch and as part of Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. During this time she picked up a string of awards including 2 MOBO “Best Jazz” awards, the Urban Music “Best Jazz” award and the WIEA “Best Musician” award. She released her debut album “April Showers, May Flowers” in 2012, and it peaked at No. 1 on the iTunes and Amazon jazz charts.

YolanDa Brown now increasingly works within the charity sector, as ambassador for both the Prince's Trust and the Yamaha Class Band, an initiative encouraging children in underprivileged areas to pick up an instrument.

Her new show ‘Reggae Love Songs’ pays tribute to the greats such as Bob Marley, John Holt and Dennis Brown.

Website: www.yolandabrown.co.uk

 
Soft Machine

Soft Machine | Support: Gary Boyle Quartet

Saturday 29 April 2017 From 8:00pm, Stage: 8:30pm to 11:00pm
Venue: St Michael and St John Social Centre, Lowergate, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 1AG
Tickets: Tickets: £15 / £?? members

Line-up: Soft Machine: John Etheridge – guitar, John Marshall - drums and percussion, Roy Babbington- bass, Theo Travis - sax, flute and keyboard.

Gary Boyle Quartet: Gary Boyle – guitar, Andrzej Baranek - piano, Bruce Reid – bass, Jonathan Hartley – drums.

Soft Machine were one of the greatest UK avant/jazz-rock bands of all time and their work continues to be name-checked by today's hip experimentalists. The present band – who until recently toured under the name of “Soft Machine Legacy” - features three of the group's 1970s era members: John Etheridge (guitar), John Marshall (drums and percussion) and Roy Babbington (bass). The fourth member of the group is Theo Travis (sax, flute and keyboard), formerly of Gong and The Tangent, who joined Soft Machine Legacy in 2006.

 “Soft Machine Legacy is not a tribute project or an attempt to recreate the music of the 1970s. The music here is fresh, risky, and full of life. If (2013 CD) Burden of Proof proves anything, it's that the spirit of exploration in music remains alive and well. Fittingly so, because that's what Soft Machine was all about in the first place.” Dave Wayne. All About Jazz

http://www.johnetheridge.com/softmachinelegacy/

Tonight the band are supported by jazz-fusion guitar legend and ex-Isotope band leader Gary Boyle and his quartet. Ten years ago, Gary played in the first ever gig for the newly-formed Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues club, with vocalist Nancy Hunter launching her album “Ice Crean Inside”. So its great to welcome the ever-popular Gary Boyle back to Clitheroe to help us celebrate our 10th birthday!

Web: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/gary-boyle-mn0000133121/

FaceBook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/events/531195160230256/

 
Norma Winstone

Norma Winstone & The Printmakers

Sunday 30 April 2017 From 1:30pm, Stage: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Tickets: £16.50 Adv / £15 Adv Jazz Club Members / £10 Adv U16s (Please Note: For Jazz Club Member Tickets please contact the Box Office on 01200 421599) Book now: from The Grand's website

Line-up: Mike Walker (guitar); James Maddren (drums); Norma Winstone (voice); Steve Watts (bass); Nikki Iles (piano and accordion); Mark Lockheart (tenor and soprano sax, bass clarinet)

Just turned 75 and “...at the peak of her form...” - according to Alyn Shipton in The Times - “....there is no jazz singer in the country to touch her.” As if hearing Grammy-nominated and ECM recording artist Norma Winstone MBE was not enough of a treat, here she as part of jazz supergroup The Printmakers. Led by Nikki Iles, one of the heroines of British jazz, and including “Impossible Gentleman” Mike Walker and Mark Lockheart, originally of Loose Tubes, the Printmakers should have “All-Stars” in the name, as every one of them is a leading figure in British contemporary jazz. Brought together by their collective love of song, The Printmakers’ music defies category and sets out to cross the boundaries that traditionally separate jazz, folk and the contemporary music world. This extraordinary group are bound to make for an evening to remember.

 “It’s remarkable how just five instruments and voice can suggest space and depth as they do.” Dave Gelly, The Observer

 Websites: http://www.normawinstone.com

 Listen to samples of the Printmakers' long-awaited debut recording, Westerly at www.theprintmakers.co.uk/discography/

 

 
Rick Shaw Limehouse boys

Rick Shaw & Limehouse Laundry Boys

Sunday 30 April 2017 From 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 Web: www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable.

Featuring: Kev Morris - guitar; Ken Hickey - drums & vocals; Steve Devine - tenor sax; Johnny Clapham - bass guitar.

The Rick Shaw & the Limehouse Laundry Boys band is a regular at the Spread Eagle Hotel, and Ribble Valley Jazz Festival. This West Yorkshire band will bring you classic songs from a golden age of jazz! You will experience their own versions and many jazz standards including established favourite, Night Train, along with presentation of more modern numbers such as Green Dolphin Street. Come and relax into two hours of lunchtime jazz!

 
Riot Jazz Band

Riot Jazz Band | Support: BluFunk Syndicate

Sunday 30 April 2017 From 7:30pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 12:30am
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Tickets: Tickets: £15 / £14 members Book now: from The Grand's website

Line-up: Riot Jazz Brass Band is a 9-piece brass band made up of trumpets, trombones, a sousaphone, drums and an MC. They play a uniquely twisted mix of funk, soul, hip-hop and aggressive jazz.

The band began its journey in Manchester but its sprawling journey has seen Riot Jazz stamp their authority on London audiences and feature at festivals around the world over the past seven years.  Recent performances include West Holts Stage at Glastonbury, The Big Red Tent at Womad, Soundwave Festival (Croatia), Kendal Calling, London Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival as well as being invited to play on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch and at Ted X talks in Salford.

The Riot Jazz Brass Band navigate a minefield of original peace-lovin' aggro jazz, hip hop samples, funked-up favourites and re-interpreted dubstep, drum'n'bass and dance floor bangers that never fail to send limbs flying!

This is good time, original music performed by a hugely talented pool of musicians.  Check out their last album 'Incoming' for uncompromising proof.
 
The band will be supported by the Ribble Valley's own Blu Funk Syndicate, who will be up first, playing a mix of dance floor inducing slabs of jazz-funk selections.  The evening will finish with a DJ from 11pm until close.

Website: www.riotjazz.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/riotjazzrepublic

 
Jeremy Sassoon

Jeremy Sassoon's Ray Charles Project

Monday 1 May 2017 From 3:30pm, Stage: 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Tickets: £15 ADV / £14 Jazz Club members / £10 Under 16s Book now: from The Grand's website

Line-up: Jeremy Sassoon (singer/pianist); Iain Dixon (tenor sax/MD); Richard Hammond (bass); Phil Johnson (drums); Mike Walker (guitar); Steve Parry (trumpet); Alexander Bone (alto sax); Ellie Smith (trombone); Zoe Kyoti, Clare Morel and Rosie Douglas (backing vocals)

Jeremy Sasson and his 11-piece band pay tribute to the music of Ray Charles, with a fantastic selection of classic tunes including Hit The Road Jack and Georgia On My Mind, together with rarer songs for the hardened Ray Charles fans among you. The Ray Charles Project has headlined six shows at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, fronted a Ray Charles 85th Birthday celebration at The Jazz Cafe, Camden, and received a memorable standing ovation at a full Cadogan Hall in Chelsea. Cheadle's Jeremy Sassoon perfectly captures the sound and style of Ray’s singing and piano playing, on spectacular arrangements written by Clitheroe's very own reed virtuoso Iain Dixon (BBC Big Band, Michael Brecker, Joni Mitchell, Bryan Ferry). The Ray Charles Project also features renowned guitarist Mike Walker, and 2014 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Alex Bone on sax. With the hugely exciting accompaniment of dazzling horns and a burning rhythm section, all topped off with the fabulous harmony vocals of the three female vocalists, it is no wonder that "Jeremy had the venue rocking from beginning to end...” at the Jazz Café, Camden.

 "Exhilarating!" London Jazz News

 "Truly, a most memorable show!” The Jazz Cafe, Camden

 Website: http://www.jeremysassoon.com/theraycharlesproject.html

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mzPv97-8LE

 
Holms mill engine room

Jazz Jam at the Brewery

Thursday 18 May 2017 From 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Venue: Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB
Web: www.holmesmill.co.uk
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable if dining.

Resident band, Trish Ferrarin’s Breaking Jazz, will be the focus from 7.30pm to 10pm for a lively jazz jam session featuring guest performers, and giving opportunities for enthusiastic, new and experienced musicians the chance to express themselves playing their favourite tunes more freely, and possibly with a flair for improvisation. Guests and jammers who will be instrumentalists or singers, or both, will have the chance to play with an experienced backline, sharing in the delivery of tunes, and performing one or two solos. Age and levels of experience are no barrier to having a go in a jazz jam session, especially with an experienced band lead by jazz musician and tutor, Trish Ferrarin, and there is no need for potential jammers to book a spot, just turn up on the night with your instrument, and let the band know you are there!

 
Lyn Fairbanks

Mark Lewis Trio with Lyn Fairbanks

Sunday 4 June 2017 From 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 Web: www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable.

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

An early return for Mark Lewis Trio! This is a popular local experienced band who will entertain you well at Spread Eagle Sunday lunchtime jazz sessions. You will hear the best jazz standards with songs performed delightfully with the very popular Lyn Fairbanks. A lively dinner jazz performance is in prospect, along with plenty of repartee for a cosy audience in the Spread Eagle’s Abbey Suite. Don’t miss!

 
Holms mill engine room

Jazz Jam at the Brewery

Thursday 15 June 2017 From 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Venue: Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB
Web: www.holmesmill.co.uk
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable if dining.

Resident band, Trish Ferrarin’s Breaking Jazz, will be the focus from 7.30pm to 10pm for a lively jazz jam session featuring guest performers, and giving opportunities for enthusiastic, new and experienced musicians the chance to express themselves playing their favourite tunes more freely, and possibly with a flair for improvisation. Guests and jammers who will be instrumentalists or singers, or both, will have the chance to play with an experienced backline, sharing in the delivery of tunes, and performing one or two solos. Age and levels of experience are no barrier to having a go in a jazz jam session, especially with an experienced band lead by jazz musician and tutor, Trish Ferrarin, and there is no need for potential jammers to book a spot, just turn up on the night with your instrument, and let the band know you are there!

 
Julie Edwards Kevin Dearden

Julie Edward with Kevin Dearden

Sunday 2 July 2017 From 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202 Web: www.spreadeaglesawley.co.uk
Tickets: FREE, but table booking advisable.

Featuring: Julie Edwards - vocals; Kevin Dearden - guitar

Vocalist, Julie Edwards, and guitarist, Kevin Dearden are a very experienced and popular jazz duo who have worked extensively across the North of England as a duo, in trios and quartets, more recently at The Grand’s Jazz Cafe. As a duo they present their own interpretations of popular jazz standards, with songs delivered in style. Julie studied at Leeds College of Music, singing with the Duke Ellington Repertory Orchestra. Kevin studied on sax at Royal Northern College of Music, and made a transition to guitar 6 years ago.

 

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