RVJ&B Board Members
Sue Lightbown - Chair
Sue joined Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues club in 2009; was a member of Festival Action Group for the 2010 Ribble Valley Jazz Festival, and then worked alongside colleagues to ensure the 2015 Festival was even more exciting and successful as the previous one.
Sue became a board member in November 2010 and has assisted the board with reviewing and producing the required policy and procedures for the club; she is the named person with responsibility for Child Protection.
A Jazz fan for over forty years Sue's claim to fame is that she attended the original festivals held in Clitheroe in the 60s!
Miles Peachey - Treasurer
Miles has recently joined the Board as Treasurer. Over the last couple of years he has been hypnotised by some groovy jazz performances, which may to some degree explain his insatiable appetite to dance at every opportunity. It could be argued that the Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Club are partially responsible (they programmed the gigs), but that would rely on the abstract notion of cause and effect, the popularity of which has decreased since the turn of the century.
By chance (apparently) Miles now owns a cornet, has had a couple of lessons and when he grows up he would like to be full-on musician.
Alfred Cerezo - Membership Secretary
After over 25 years in academia, Alfred is taking a break to spend time on other interests, particularly music. He has been a member of the Club since he moved to Clitheroe in 2009, worked on the 2010 Jazz Festival organising committee, and joined the Board in November 2010. He is currently the Membership Secretary and also acts as Meeting Secretary for the Board, spending hours writing minutes!
Alfred is also learning to play tenor sax, and plays in a small group called the Slipper Band with two other members of the Board. They made their debut at the 2011 Jazz Marathon for Children in Need, and will be showing up at other RVJBC events in the no-too-distant future.
Sue has been a member of the Board since 2014. Her background is community development and supporting charities and voluntary organisations. She is passionate about the quality that music can bring to people's lives, giving chances for everyone to have a go, and providing the scope for world class musicians to come to the Ribble Valley.
Sue is a keen amateur sax player, and now especially enjoys the opportunities to learn improvisation and improve playing standards through Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues' Jazz Collective and regular workshops. She loves playing swing, and well known jazz standards but has a soft spot for new music which pushes the boundaries of any sort in any era - from bebop to today's young jazz composers.
Matt joined the board in 2011 after being a regular gig attendee and club member. Playing Guitar and Bass in bands of various musical styles including Jazz and Punk, Matt has a passion for live music. Employed in IT and Online Marketing he is responsible for the club newsletter and social media output.
As well as keeping an eye on new contemporary artists he is a fan of jazz from all eras. His favourite musician is Seattle based saxophonist Skerik.
One of two of the original members of the committee of Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues, that still has some responsibility for decision making, the other being Geoffrey Jackson. Present at the clubs inception on 6th February 2007, and was the Club Secretary for 2 years.
The main area of responsibility is now the clubs programme of events at The Atrium, including sourcing of artists and steward and equipment engineer at these events.
As a retired teacher of Art and of English, these interests are maintained in an additional role as an active poet and a writer for “Ribble Rousers”.
Favourite jazz CD is TUTU by Miles Davies and Marcus Miller (1986)
Lorraine joined the Board in 2014. Lorraine is learning to play the alto sax and is a member of the Ribble Valley Jazz Collective community band. Since the formation of the Collective, Lorraine became responsible for finding gigs for the band, and is easily reaching her target of 6 gigs per year! One of her keen interests is involving young people in this form of music, and this is something Lorraine will develop, with other Board members, during 2015.
Lorraine enjoys all forms of music but in particular Soul, Funk and Reggae.
Geoff's interest in jazz started with Duke Ellington's Manchester Free Trade Hall concerts in the early 70s. Since then Geoff's jazz portfolio has broadened considerably, avidly following modern big band music, but with a keener interest in contemporary jazz - Soweto Kinch and Marius Neset for starters!
Jenni is a newcomer to the jazz scene - an most definitely a jazz fan-in-training! Jenni joined the board in 2011 and is on the organising groups for the Festival and Children in Need Marathon.
Jenni is director of Food With A View Ltd, the company responsible for managing The Atrium, and in her spare time (!) is a Rainbow Leader with Girlguiding UK.
Yet to find any jazz parts for the oboe, an instrument she has played for over 30 years, Jenni sticks to listening to the big band practice and learning about all things jazz!
John's passion for the Blues began at the Station Hotel in Birmingham then experimental Jazz at Wolverhampton Poly, Trad in Chester and Punk at the Cellar Bar. So joining the club to support live music was a step up for him!
Not being musical John contributes with design producing our posters and flyers and is the technical know-how behind our website.
Paul has been involved in the music industry professionally since 1981 and as a music educator since 1993. Playing drums, bass, keyboards and trumpet, he is still very much involved in performing nationally and internationally, not only with his own professional band, the Northern Jazz Orchestra, but also with youth groups as the Lancashire Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Blackburn with Darwen Big Band. He has been Head of Music at various colleges around the country.
Paul was Festival President for 3 years (2012-4) and currently leads our two community bands: the Ribble Valley Jazz Collective and the newer funk group.