Jazz Festival 2017


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!

Wondering Monster

MONTHLY CLUB GIG | Wandering Monster

Friday 2 June 2017 From 5:00pm, 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: £9 / £7 Members £5 under 16’s; On the door: £10 / £8 members | Book now!: from The Grand's website

Wandering Monster, an exceptional group of up-and-coming jazz musicians from Leeds were awarded opportunity to perform at high profile festivals across The North through the Jazz North Introduces scheme. The band, led by double bassist Sam Quintana, is the latest beneficiary of this pioneering mentorship & support scheme for talented young jazz musicians up to the age of 25. Sam says: “I am thrilled that Wandering Monster have this opportunity. Since formation two years ago we have developed original material ... to showcase at some of the UK’s best jazz festivals. Thanks to the scheme we can perform ... to bigger and more diverse audiences.”

Line-up: Sam Quintana - double bass, Ben Powling - tenor sax, Calvin Travers - guitar, Aleks Pådraga - piano, Tom Higham - drums.

Web: www.samquintana.co.uk

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.

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



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


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