Preston Jam at UCLAN

Preston Jazz Jam at UCLAN

Preston Jam Music Festival 2017 at UCLAN.

In partnership with the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival, the University of Central Lancashire is hosting an 8 day festival of Jazz at the end of March to celebrate musical improvisation. They'll be opportunities to join in and jam, to witness some mind-bending electro-acoustic music, to attend a Music and Freedom Symposium and to hear brilliant music from Soweto Kinch, Nerija and Atomic Brass. Download the leaflet here.

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PRESTON JAM | Avant Garden Gig, with Gary Boyle Band & Cold Bath Street

Thursday 30 March 2017 From 7:30pm to 11:00pm
Venue: The Ferret, 55 Fylde Rd, Preston PR1 2XQ | Tickets: FREE EVENT! Register at Eventbrite:

Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017

Line-up: Gary Boyle Band: Gary Boyle - guitar, Cold Bath Street: Simon Armitage - guitar.

Avant Garden is an evening of music performance with guest artists supported by our very own UCLan students from the BA (Hons) Music course, and guests, the Gary Boyle Band. Come and join us to hear this live music collaboration which will be something a little different to what you may be used to. 

An excellent evening of varied music-making, featuring the jazz-fusion guitar legend and ex-Isotope band leader Gary Boyle. A central figure in the British jazz-rock scene, Gary has had a very successful solo career since the late 70s and is popular wherever he appears. We are proud to welcome Gary at this inaugural Preston Jam. Supporting Gary Boyle is Cold Bath Street, a raging 4/5/6/7 piece band that builds grand music from small phrases, moving effortlessly between genres: not to be missed!  The evening will also feature original music by students from the UCLan BA (Hons) Music course, a course that covers non-standard approaches to music-making.

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PRESTON JAM | Music and Freedom Symposium

Friday 31 March 2017 From 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: UCLAN - Media Factory PRI 2XY | Tickets: FREE EVENT! Register with Eventbrite:

Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017Line-up: Coordinator: Prof. Alan Rice. Participants: Professor Brian Ward (Northumbria) & Dr. Maria Rocio Cobo Pinero. Lancashire Clog Dancer: Jennifer Reid. Performance artist: Jade Monserrat.

Music & Freedom Symposium at UCLan is hosted by The Institute for Black Atlantic Research. This event unites distinguished international academics and dynamic Northern artistic and musical performers for a truly unique event. Leading Civil Rights scholar and author of the landmark text "Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness and Race Relations" Professor Brian Ward (Northumbria University) gives the keynote address on “Freedom Sounds: Music and the Civil Rights Movement”. The other academic speaker will be Dr. María Rocío Cobo Piñero (University of Cadiz) whose paper will look at 1920s Jazz and Spanish flappers. Our performance element will showcase the links cotton establishes in the nineteenth century between enslaved Africans and the Lancashire working class using song and dance. This will be delivered by the ballad singer and clog dancer, Manchester-based Jennifer Reid and the black British performance artist Jade Montserrat from Scarborough.

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PRESTON JAM | Improvisation Gig with Danny Saul; Kinder Meccano; Third City

Friday 31 March 2017 From 7:30pm to 11:30pm
Venue: The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston PR1 8JP | Tickets: FREE EVENT! Register at Eventbrite

Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017Line-up: Danny Saul - Electroacoustic; Kinder Meccano: Vitalija Glovackyte (LT) and Michael Cutting (UK); Third City: Jon Aveyard & Dan Wilkinson - Electroacoustic.

Preston Jam presents an evening of mind-bending electroacoustic music - hosted by The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston, PR1 8JP  -

Danny Saul is an experimental musician, performer and composer from Manchester, UK.  Recently awarded a PhD in electroacoustic composition, Danny works within areas of electroacoustic composition and laptop performance.  He has toured throughout the UK, Europe, USA and Japan.


Kinder Meccano is Vitalija Glovackyte (LT) and Michael Cutting (UK). Fusing instruments and objects, tape recorders and synthesisers, Kinder Meccano give immersive performances revealing a world of hidden machine music.


Electroacoustic improvisaton duo Third City (Jon Aveyard & Dan Wilkinson) combine sampling and the processing of live audio using sound sources including voice, violin, tuned percussion and found sound objects.  While using prepared structures they aim to retain the precariousness of free improvisation.

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PRESTON JAM | Performance Seminar: Django Reinhardt, the first European Jazz Guitar Hero

Saturday 1 April 2017 From 12:00pm to 2:30pm
Venue: Harris Library, Market St, Preston PR1 2PP | Tickets: FREE EVENT! Register with Eventbrite:

Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017 Line-up: The Wrong Notes: Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves - presenting/guitar, Paul Murphy - rhythm guitar, John Wilton - double bass, James Goodwin-Hudson - lead guitar.

Django Reinhardt was one of the great improvisers of the swing era, with astonishing virtuosity, and arguably the first major non-American jazz artist and guitar hero. Django’s music fused American swing, classical music and gypsy music to create a unique sound, and he is venerated by a whole host of musicians from jazz greats like Duke Ellington and B.B.King to George Harrison and Willie Nelson. Professor Hampton-Reeves will discuss Django’s achievements and his influence on modern music. The talk will be illustrated by performances of Django’s music by The Wrong Notes, a quartet which specialises in Hot Club-style gypsy jazz.

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PRESTON JAM | Worldwide Samba Drummers/Preston Samba Dancers and Rhythm Alley Jammin

Saturday 1 April 2017 From 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: The Market, Market St, Preston PR1 2PP | Tickets: FREE EVENT! Register with Eventbrite:

Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival 2017

Preston Jam brings the Flag Market to life with a Saturday afternoon of live music.

First up are the Worldwise Samba Drummers and Preston Samba Dancers, community groups based at UCLan as part of the Something for Everyone project. Their infectious high-energy performances combine traditional rhythms and dance moves with original material.


From 2.30pm, Rhythm Alley Jammin creates a circle to share and explore sound… Alimac will guide and facilitate this freestyle, youstyle jam session, open to musicians at any level, even beginners. Dust off those instruments - voices included - and come and jam. Some percussion will be provided for those without instruments.

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PRESTON JAM | Grand Finale: Soweto Kinch, Support: Nerija - Atomic Brass

Saturday 1 April 2017 From 6:00pm, Stage: 6:30pm to 12:00am
Venue: Venue 53, Brook Street, Preston PR1 7BQ | Tickets: Advance: £15 ADV / £7.50 U16's & students | Book now: from The Grand's website

The first Preston Jam – arranged jointly by UCLan and Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues – finishes in style! A packed evening will be showcasing some of the finest contemporary music talent bringing new influences to bear on the jazz idiom.

Atomic Brass

First up, we welcome the funk brass grooves of Lancaster's own Atomic Brass, "spicing up some covers whilst hitting you up with some of their own". Winners of Lancaster Battle of the Bands 2016, this quintet will be rocking the 53 Degrees Club with their massive sound. Expect their unique jazz-funk (or 'junk') take on such classics as “Uptown Funk”, “I Feel Good” and “Valerie”. Line-up: Jamie Shorrock - tenor sax, Sophie Flint - alto sax, Matthew Peter Clare - trumpet, Anthony Cockbain - tuba, Charlie Burns – drums


(8 pm) Recently nominated for Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year 2016, Nérija are a collective of up and coming, London-based female 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 the renowned Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.

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.

Listen to music from their new EP at:

Soweto KinchSoweto Kinch

(10 pm) Soweto Kinch comes to the City of Preston as a multi-award-winning saxphonist, MC and composer, specialising in a trademark style of Jazz, Rap and Spoken Word unlike that of any other performer in the world!  His current tour is showcasing the new album 'Nonagram'.  Recent appearance at previous RVJ&B events in Clitheroe inspired audiences from across wide age ranges – with the added bonus of a large student audience at the inaugural Preston Jam, he'll be really raising the roof! Expect scalding-hot hard-bop jazz/hip-hop grooves supplied with free flowing fiery lyrics of the likes you've never heard before!

"Gangsta Rappa or Jazz Supremo? Both!" Jazzwise

"Jazz & Hip-Hop are seamlessly blended without Kinch ever compromising either style" Time Out

"Combines rap, spoken word, electronics and raw, high energy jazz" All About Jazz

Line-up: Soweto Kinch - saxophones, Nick Jurd - bass, Shaun Forbes - drums


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We've teamed up with UCLAN for this Festival of Jam!
25th March to 1st April

Here's the list of headliners for the 2017 Jazz Festival
Voice of the Norvoljazz network - independent jazz promoters in the North.
Go from a jazz beginner to a jazz winner in just twelve tracks with the BBC's definitive jazz playlist...
AR has written a review of some of the Gigs/Concerts he went to during the recent RVJ&B Festival.

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