Jazz Festival 2017

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Sadly the festival is over now but it's been absolutely brilliant.

The weather was great at last. We have some great memories of the performers from the Pendle Jazz Men who welcomed people from the trains at Maxwell's Café Bar, to Eric at the Inn at the Station to the driving force of Soft Machine and the late nite Jamming excellence of Alexander Bone and the Jazz Jam (3.30am I got home at!) to the grooves of Jazz Jamaica and the "incoming" alerts of Riot Jazz to the finale by Jeremy Sasson's amazing tribute to Ray Charles.

There was also so much inbetween that needs a lot more space to be properly mentioned, but others will give them credit on our social media sites.

The bands were brilliant, the festival venues so helpful and The Grand and Holmes Mill staff and Ribble Valley Jazz Fest stewards all did a wonderful and important job to ensure all our audiences had a great time. There's also the management and staff in all the bars, cafés and restaurants to thank as well for all their hard work in helping promote the festival.

So thanks to all who came, from Scotland, Newcastle to Wigan (?) and much further afield and, of course, thanks to all the people of Clitheroe who supported the event by coming to the events, applauding all the amazing musicians and by donating so generously.  

Thanks to you all for making this festival the best ever!

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.

 
Remi Harris Trio

MONTHLY CLUB GIG | Remi Harris Trio

Friday 7 July 2017 From 6:00pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:30pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk | Tickets: Advance: £11 / Members £9 / U18’s £5 - On the door £12 / Members £10 / U18’s £5 | Book now!: from The Grand's website

Food is from 6pm - 7.30pm

Following a successful 2016 Jazz Festival appearance, Remi Harris returns to Clitheroe with his trio to present a fine guitar-based programme of gypsy jazz and blues. Remi has an exciting and unique style drawing inspiration from gypsy, swing, jazz, blues and world music. He has toured worldwide with appearances at Montreal Jazz Festival, Buckingham Palace, and on BBC Proms from Royal Albert Hall. Primarily self-taught, remi started playing aged 7, initially inspired by rock & blues guitarist such as Jimi Hendrix and Peter Green, becoming interested in jazz guitar of Django Reinhardt and Wes Montgomery from early teens.

Primarily self taught with the help of his Dad's guitar magazines and records, Remi started playing at the age of 7, initially inspired by rock and blues guitarists of the 60s and 70s such as Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green and Jimmy Page. In his late teens he developed an interest in jazz music, in particular artists such as Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Stan Getz. Since then he has been growing a reputation for blending all of his influences into his own individual style of playing.

Line-up: Remi Harris - guitar; Caley Groves - guitar; Mike Green - double bass.

"absolutely brilliant" Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6 Music

"Incredible guitarist…Absolutely blown away with his talent!" Jamie Cullen

www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ3aEeAJb-U

Food from 5pm to 7.30pm. Please call The Atrium on 01200 442630 to book your table and to ask for menu details as it changes for each event. Draught Heineken and cold bottled beers, wine, fresh coffee and soft drinks available.

 
The Ben Cox Quintet

MONTHLY CLUB GIG | The Ben Cox Quintet

Friday 8 September 2017 From 5:00pm, 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: Advance: £11 / Members £9 / U18’s £5 - On the door £12 / Members £10 / U18’s £5 | Book now!: from The Grand's website

Male jazz singers are a sufficiently rare breed to make this club event intriguing, especially with average age of band members being below thirty! Expect standards and self-penned compositions with influences ranging from Steely Dan to Bill Evans.

They have played Ronnie Scotts twice, the famous Pizza Express, and featured on the BBC2 Jamie Cullum Show. Seen excellent performance at Southport Jazz Festival this February.

Ben Cox is an outstanding Jazz singer. He initially studied classical piano and trumpet, but he was also lead vocalist and trumpeter with the Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra for several years. His love of jazz and lead him to London and his studies at Guildhall.

Since moving to London he has taken his opportunities to perform with internationally acclaimed jazz musicians, including Wynton Marsalis, Ian Shaw, Todd Gordon, Jacqui Dankworth, Cleo Laine and Liane Carroll. He has

performed in venues such as Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, Barbican Hall and Kings Place.

Ben is a member of the A Cappella group ‘Vive’, whose members are present or former students at Guildhall, and who recently performed to great acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe. Vive were the winners of the 2013 National Voice Festival and appeared at the London Jazz Festival in November 2013.

2013 saw the successful launch of The Ben Cox Band as a result of his collaboration with the brilliant pianist and musical director, Jamie Safiruddin. Together with Jamie and the other, exceptional musicians in their quintet, Ben is now taking this timeless music to new audiences, as well as to those who are already devotees, performing to great reviews in venues in London and around the UK.

Ben Cox possesses a voice drenched in soul and swing, that sounds like nobody else. He is a cracking songwriter and collaborator, A true talent” Ian Shaw.

Line-up: Ben Cox - Vocals; Jamie Safiruddin - Piano; Flo Moore - bass; Will Glasen - drums; Adam Chatterton - trumpet.

www.bencoxband.com

Food from 5pm to 7.30pm. Please call The Atrium on 01200 442630 to book your table and to ask for menu details as it changes for each event. Draught Heineken and cold bottled beers, wine, fresh coffee and soft drinks available.

 
Dinosaur featuring Laura Jurd

MONTHLY CLUB GIG | Dinosaur featuring Laura Jurd

Friday 6 October 2017 From 5:00pm, 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: Advance: £11 / Members £9 / U18’s £5 - On the door £12 / Members £10 / U18’s £5 | Book now!: from The Grand's website

This band showcases the creative talents of four young musicians led by the inimitable band-leader/composer and trumpeter, Laura Jurd. Now incredibly in their 7th year, having played many of the leading jazz festivals in Europe (inc the UK) Recently signed to Edition Records, their recent album 'Together as one' is one of the best new releases anywhere; exciting, formidable, compelling and modern.

Laura Jurd is a British award-winning trumpet player, composer and bandleader and BBC New Generation Artist for 2015-2017. Highly active throughout the UK scene, Laura has developed a formidable reputation as one of the most creative young musicians to emerge from the UK in recent years.

Having risen to critical acclaim upon the release of her debut album ‘Landing Ground’ in 2012 featuring the Ligeti Quartet, Laura has since released two albums as a composer and band-leader. The latter was the outstanding debut release from Laura’s long-running band Dinosaur and one of the most creative and distinctive releases from a UK jazz ensemble in recent years. Described by All About Jazz as a musician who ‘embraces melody, harmony and groove as much as she provokes with blasts of dissonance and gutsy angularity’, it is her ability to combine the soft with the abrasive, the calm with the fiery, that makes her music-making so compelling.

As a composer Laura has written music for a range of ensembles including the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Ligeti Quartet and the Northern Sinfonia with commissions from the likes of BBC Radio 3 and the EFG London Jazz Festival. She has also recently joined the faculty at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance as a teacher of composition. In 2015 Laura received the Parliamentary Jazz Award for ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ and in the past has been shortlisted for a BASCA British Composer Award, received the Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition and the Worshipful Company of Musician’s Young Jazz Musician of the Year award.

In Sept 2016, Dinosaur released their debut album ‘Together, As One’ on Edition Records.

Line-up: Laura Jurd - trumpet/synth; Elliot Galvin - keyboard/synth; Conor Chaplin - electric bass; Corrie Dick - drums.

www.laurajurd.com

Food from 5pm to 7.30pm. Please call The Atrium on 01200 442630 to book your table and to ask for menu details as it changes for each event. Draught Heineken and cold bottled beers, wine, fresh coffee and soft drinks available.

 
Arun Ghosh

Arun Ghosh Quartet with BwD Big Band (directed by: P J Rigby)

Saturday 21 October 2017 From 7:00pm, Stage: 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL Tel: 01200 421 599 Web: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk | Tickets: Advance: £12.50 / £7 U18s | Book now!: from The Grand's website

Promoted by The Grand and supported by Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues.

Arun Ghosh, clarinettist, composer and educator, is a leading light on UK and international jazz scenes. He captivates audiences with dynamic performances and a charismatic rock 'n' roll spirit.

He returns to The Grand to celebrate the October release of his new double album, “Sheer”, and so will features tunes from the album. Following brilliant Artist-in-Residency festival performances in 2016 Arun is reunited with P J Rigby and his BwD Big Band whose collaboration was the highlight of the Festival.

Ghosh's compositions combine South Asian raags (scales) and taals (rhythms), with the musical inspirations of his British-Asian upbringing; jazz, rock, hip-hop and dance cultures. His musical identity, infused with the sound and spirit of the blues, the bauls and the breakbeats, is at once both epoch-defying and truly global, and he has taken his sound and style around the world, performing IndoJazz concerts and delivering masterclasses from New York to China, Ukraine, Morocco, Kenya, Kuwait and across Europe.

Revealing an 'indie-kid' Northern musical upbringing, the new material marks Ghosh's move away from his trademark Indo Jazz sound towards more song-like structures and psychedelic textures.  Alice Coltrane meets The Doors, Spiritualized and The Velvet Underground. Propelled by a hard driving rhythm section, and supported by the multi-layered guitar of Shirley Tetteh, Ghosh's celebrated lyricism, melodic outpourings and freewheeling improvisations become passionate and intensely emotional 'songs without words'.

Described by the late Pandit Ravi Shankar as a 'natural born improviser', Ghosh is a renowned innovator of the modern IndoJazz style. He has released three critically acclaimed albums on camoci records: Northern Namaste (2008), Primal Odyssey (2011), and A South Asian Suite (2013), a personal musical homage to both his beloved North of England and the Indian Subcontinent.

BwD Big Band directed by P J Rigby.

Line-up: Arun Ghosh - clarinet; Chris Williams - alto saxophone; Dave Walsh - drums; Shirley Tetteh - guitar; Liran Donin - bass.

"Uproarious and irresistible"  Daily Telegraph.

"Life-affirming music that transcends cultural barriers" Manchester Evening News.

"An upfront mix of South Asian melodies and western street-groove" The Guardian.

"Extraordinary charisma and musicianship and a consistently riveting compositional skill" Jazzwise.

soundcloud.com/arunghosh

www.bwdbigband.co.uk

 
The Dave O’Higgins Quartet

MONTHLY CLUB GIG | The Dave O’Higgins Quartet

Friday 24 November 2017 From 5:00pm, 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: Advance: £12 / Members £10 / U18s £5 - On the door £13 / Members £11 / U18s £5 | Book now!: from The Grand's website

Saxophonist Dave O’Higgins, will play some of the most swinging music you will hear today. Straight ahead jazz firmly in the harmonic and melodic tradition, Dave has worked with an array of top musicians including Jason Rebello, Jimmy Smith, Ray Charles, Kyle Eastwood, Jamie Cullum and Darius Brubeck.

Dave OHiggins, born 1964 in Birmingham, England to Irish / Mexican father and English mother. Having studied music at The City University in London, Dave’s first big breaks were with John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, and Icelandic jazz-funk band, Mezzoforte.

As well as the solo projects, Dave is a busy guest soloist across the globe, runs a small jazz recording studio, and teaches at the London College of Creative Media.

Appearing with Dave are:

Geoff Gascoyne on bass: one of the UK's most in demand bass player/composer/arranger/producer/ educators. In a 25 year career he has performed and recorded with Michel Legrand, Georgie Fame, Sting, Van Morrison, Bill Bruford, Peter King, Benny Golson and Jamie Cullum, with whom he was bassist, MD and arranger for 7 years. Geoff has also released 8 CDs as a band leader, produced albums by Jacqui Dankworth and Josh Kyle and teaches at LCCM. Geoff has just released his first iPhone application, Jazz Session Band, a loop based jazz play-along.

Dutch drummer, Sebastiaan de Krom, studied at Berklee School of Music and lives between London & Belgium. He was with Jamie Cullum at the same time as Geoff and there they struck a terrific rapport. He tours with Ray Gelato and is one of the most in demand jazz drummers in Europe.

Pianist Graham Harvey studied music at Denver University, and is currently busy with Stacey Kent. He was MD of the funk group, Incognito, at the time they had their biggest hits (Positivity, Tribes Vibes and Scribes) and has also toured with George Benson.

Expect a mixture of originals and standards from the latest recording, ‘It’s Always 9.30 in Zog’. Enough said!

Line-up: Dave O’Higgins - tenor & soprano saxes; Sebastiaan de Krom - drums;  Geoff Gascoyne - bass; Graham Harvey - piano/keys.

www.daveohiggins.com

“A stunning player in the neo-bop vein, with an apparently effortless flow of coherent ideas, beautiful time and a highly developed harmonic sense.” JAZZ GUIDE.

“His professional presentation was an object lesson to the amateurishness of local players.  His musicianship seemed boundless. Like his friend Martin Taylor did last year to our guitarists, Dave O’Higgins did to our sax players – gave them new and exciting challenges. And gave us mere listeners an exceptional night.” ADELAIDE ADVERTISER, AUSTRALIA.

“O’Higgins plays with quite exceptional fluency and his fund of ideas never runs out.” The OBSERVER.

Food from 5pm to 7.30pm. Please call The Atrium on 01200 442630 to book your table and to ask for menu details as it changes for each event. Draught Heineken and cold bottled beers, wine, fresh coffee and soft drinks available.

 
James Morton Quartet

MONTHLY CLUB GIG | James Morton Quartet

Friday 8 December 2017 From 5:00pm, 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: Advance: £11 / Members £9 / U18s £5 - On the door £12 / Members £10 / U18s £5 | Book now!: from The Grand's website

James Morton - one of the most exciting saxophone players of his generation. After his critically acclaimed release Don’t You Worry ‘Bout That (2010) by James Morton’s Porkchop, his highly anticipated solo album The Kid was released in June 2016 with an all-star line up, including a four-piece horn section and an array of special guests including Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Andy Sheppard, Ollie Teeba (The Herbaliser), Ian Mathews (Kasabian) and The Easy Access Horns (The Herbaliser).

The album’s title owes itself to James’ nickname, “The Kid”, which was earned after playing the clubs, venues and festivals in and around Southern England from the age of twelve. As a teenager he was heavily influenced by the funk music of James Brown, hip-hop and jazz and it is these influences – not to mention the presence of his biggest mentors on the album – that he brings together on The Kid, making it an exciting funky, soulful, gospel tinged album. The Kid features all original material, and is, for the most part instrumental, driven by grooving funk beats. Tracks such as Do Dat, Stand Up and The Swerve fall very much into JB’s territory, while Step Up brings in some different textures through vocalist Alex Johansen. The Hymn then takes things down to a more soulful groove with the Soul Collective Gospel Choir. Andy Sheppard, who has been a major mentor, features on If They Only Knew, a track James specifically wrote for him. By bringing all his key mentors and influences – Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Andy Sheppard – together, the album becomes a storyboard for his career, charting his musical journey from where he began, to where he is now. And it’s quite an achievement!

These days, James regularly plays with his idols – he has worked extensively (15 years) with Pee-Wee Ellis and recently recorded (and performed) with Fred Wesley and The New JB’s. He is also a member of British hip-hop legends The Herbaliser who he continues to tour and collaborate with. His unique lyrical and rhythmic style, which allows him to directly “speak” to his audience, conveys a strong sense of emotion that really connects with people and is what makes him such a special – and in demand – player.

Throughout his career James has worked with some of the world’s best known and exciting artists, including Kasabian, Raphael Saadiq, Pendulum, George Clinton, Tony Allen, Roni Size, Angelique Kidjo, Carleen Anderson, Jazz Jamaica and Fred Wesley and The New JB’s, to name a few. Most recently he worked as part of NPG Hornz playing with Liv Warfield and other members from Prince’s band and in 2014 he was appointed Ambassador of Music for his home town, Bristol.

www.jamesmortonsax.com

Food from 5pm to 7.30pm. Please call The Atrium on 01200 442630 to book your table and to ask for menu details as it changes for each event. Draught Heineken and cold bottled beers, wine, fresh coffee and soft drinks available.

 

Artists correct at time of publishing but may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
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JAZZ FESTIVAL 2017 SUPPORTERS AND SPONSORS
Clitheroe Council, Ribble Valley Borough Council, Lancashire County CouncilThe Grand, Cloudspotting, Jazz NorthUnistage, Dugdale Nutrition, Fatface, The Local Herald
Supported and Funded by Arts Council England