10-yearsBased in the beautiful market town of Clitheroe, the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival has been taking place every May Day Bank Holiday for last ten years - so an anniversary!

The 2019 Festival showcases international, national and local jazz talents. Victor Brox Blues Train opens the Festival on Thursday evening at the great Holmes Mill. On Friday the amazing Lianne Carroll and Claire Martin will duet at The Grand Theatre.

Late night Friday will see the Rediffusion All Stars bringing their reggae and funk based sounds of 70s TV to Clitheroe Rugby Club. You will know every tune and will want to dance!

On Saturday morning Lianne Carroll and Claire Martin will be doing a 4 hour Masterclass - a real opportunity for budding singers.

Early Saturday afternoon, Bonsai (formerly Jam Experiment) have written a commissioned work to mark the 10th year of the festival which will be performed with Clitheroe Grammar School's Swing Band in The Grand. Then the always lively, free Saturday Street Party will take place on Castle Street from 12noon to 5pm. Bring all the family!

In the evening the official 10th Anniversary Party begins. The main act is the West African, Moussa Dembele, playing with The Rail Abandon supported by South African influenced Ubunye. A night of joyous African music soaked grooves with vocals and horns. The Wah Wah 45s label will play music into the small hours.

Throughout the weekend there are also many free gigs, dinner jazz events, Jazz Poets and workshops for musicians and toddler jazzers.

Sunday is packed with talent - concerts from The Alan Barnes Octet, Nicola Farnon Trio, and a new local band from Manchester, Artephis, supported by Jazz North's Northernline. On Sunday also the brilliant and award winning Manchester Inspirational Voices gospel choir will play at St Mary's Church. In the evening, the extraordinary Norwegian saxophonist, Marius Neset, brings his trailblazing quintet to The Grand - not to be missed! At midday there will a Midnight Parade Trombone Spectacular at a local church.

On Bank Holiday Monday, Paul J Rigby's ever popular Northern Jazz Orchestra, with Mark Nightingale, will end the Festival.

Clitheroe has great cafes, hotels, bars and restaurants surrounded by some of the best walking country in the UK - just fabulous for a chilled-out jazz festival!

Ribble Valley Jazz Festival
2nd - 6th May, 2019

Please book your tickets early to avoid disappointment!

 
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Why aren't there many women musicians in our jazz networks & bands? Isn't the Arts Council keen on promoting wider participation in the arts and jazz by groups that are that are otherwise poorly represented?

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The Ribble Valley Jazz Festival Freedom Pass guarantees you entrance into all ticketed Ribble Valley Jazz Festival events, (excluding Dinner Jazz or Vocal Workshops). 

Some of these events will be sell-out shows but there will always be seats reserved for holders of Freedom Passes for all events.

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The RVJazz Fest opening gig at Holmes Mill is a treat! It’s Manchester born blues legend Victor Brox, a musical virtuoso and one of Britain’s greatest ever blues/rock vocalists & musicians. His vocals are great, AND he plays keyboards/brass/guitar. Victor ranks alongside the likes of Joe Cocker and Stevie Marriott. Book early!

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Jane Smith - Bringing classic songs to the fore on this 1st day of the festival. Hopefully Jane will have her recent CD available to buy - it's great!

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Jazz Club 3 brings jazz standards from 1920s to 40s to 60s. Songs by Gershwin, Berlin, Porter, Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. Line up includes Stuart Mayor, one of finest pianists in the NorthWest; Ray Jones -sax/clarinet (global); Dave Naden - drums; (played bass on New Faces in 1970s) Smooth enjoyable jazz.

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The Mark Lewis Trio with band leader, Ed Lomax, delightful singer Lyn Fairbanks and the well-known/popular vibes player, Wilf Nuttall, leads this session. Food available.

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ReDiffusion All Stars is the latest project from bandleader and saxophonist supremo Richard Ormrod, known for his work with The Jam Factory and former Festival favourites Dread Supreme.

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The 2019 Ribble Valley Jazz Festival celebrates its 10th annual event with a Friday evening headline concert witnessing the return of two wonderful jazz singers, Claire Martin & Liane Carroll. Both return to The Grand following previously successful jazz festival performances but this time performing as a duo.

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Edward Foster is a classical guitarist/composer, living & working in Ribble Valley. He has released two solo albums of his compositions for classical guitar that show the wide range of exciting and beautiful styles of music. These includes pieces influenced by Latin America that feature on his latest album called Toucan that he is currently touring. This will be a festival debut for both Jungle, and Edward Foster - please support them both!

Website: www.edwardfosterart.co.uk

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The Gelatos, a hugely entertaining all-singing jazz trio playing songs from the 40's & 50's with an Italian twist. Full of fun and Italian spice! Thanks to Peter Riley of the Swing Commandos. Facebook: www.facebook.com/thegelatos

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Elizabeth Hansen (vocals) & Ian Plested (guitar) perform jazz classics such as Misty and Summertime, plus some modern gems. Elizabeth's smooth velvet tones and Ian on piano/guitar deliver an enchanting repertoire.

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The Cheating Hearts have been delighting audiences for many years with an array of popular covers from Bonnie Raite, Lindisfarne, World Party, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, The Faces and more.

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He's one of our own...the hugely talented young Ribble Valley based singer Arthur Geldard, who followed his jazz singing destiny by fronting the Leeds University Big Band. At The Dog Inn Arthur will once again share his songs from The Great American Song Book in his own stylish way, and with a touch of humour, supported by Breaking Jazz band.

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Coinciding with the Aspinall Arms' own 5-day Gin and Beer Festival, the perfectly formed Julie Edwards Trio will bring smooth jazz and classy standards. Julie's delightful vocals are complemented beautifully by Kevin Dearden's electric bass and Ed Barnwell's keyboard.

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A 5-piece Cassis Collective performs classic jazz songs with sophistication. Stylistically diverse in their song interpretations their wrong line-up features Julie Proctor (violin), Tom Parkinson (double bass), Tom R. (drums), Ian Parkinson (guitar) and French singer Yasmine Yilmaz (vocals). The band's appearance at The Calf's Head Worston is the first of three chances to see and hear them play this weekend, outdoors if weather is good, otherwise indoors!

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Combining a natural stage persona with a warm empathy for every audience member, legendary blues harmonica player/singer Jacky Bond is guaranteed to get the house rocking when he opens the 2019 festival programme at the Rose and Crown. With his experienced, talented rhythm and blues outfit providing a classic mix of Blues, Rock 'n Roll and Swing, The Jacky Bond Band are a top pedigree act that never fail to deliver.

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Guitar maestro, Willy Fluss, and guitar/vocals from Vernon Fuller, combine to present the talented "Twin Frets" on Festival Friday. The venue, an independent micro-pub does real ale, keg & craft beer bar in Clitheroe town centre. Great beer & music are what they do best. The Ale House specialises in late night gigs during the festival on Friday Saturday & Sunday. 

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Improvisation isn’t just for the most experienced jazz musicians, actually it is a way of making great music that is open to all. This workshop is designed to open this door for players of any instrument, style, age or experience level. No music reading is required just a basic working knowledge of an instrument. Join in with the "Live" performance...click here

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Incredible opportunity to attend a 4-hour workshop in the intimate company of two of the UK’s best female jazz singers. Up to 12 places only.

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Here is new festival event, a Free Singing Workshop for Children, ages 7 to 11, run by local artist (and Festival Manager) Katie Wlodarczyk. Two separate Singing for Children's workshops (Saturday - Library, Monday - Holmes Mill).

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Darwen's steel band, Pancake, are on their 3rd Festival appearance ready to play a range of songs from classic Caribbean/Latin to pop covers with Gary Ward, a legend of Darwen's No. 39 Hopstar Brewery Music Bar. Pancake will be under the canopy at Maxwell's!
Facebook: www.facebook.com/The-Pancakes-144732382335685

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B P Dandelion (Street Artist) will be running a Street Art Project (From 11am - late morning/early afternoon) asking children, young people and older people to chalk a picture on the pavement in Castle Street. Entry on the day. Themes to be announced. Chalks provided for 1 hour £2 entry fee - Prizes - Photos!

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Free bands and choirs performances for town centre visitors and shoppers outside the Rose & Crown from mid-day onwards.

The street is blocked off for a day to stroll, enjoy some great music, have a coffee and something for lunch or a snack - we've got it all so bring the family - balloons and give-aways and pavement art too! See the times and line-up of bands below... 

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Indigo Acoustic a 3 piece fusion of vocals/violin/guitar takes music from all genres with their own ramped up or smoothed down style. Easy on the ear and full of originality.

 

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Ed Lomax (keyboard) and Lyn Fairbanks (vocals) make their festival debut as a duo at the fine venue. Expect to hear Great American Songbook tunes enhanced by Lyn Fairbanks delightful singing!

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Free gigs - 2pm Slow Loris - 3/30pm Jasmine!

Two outstanding bands of young musicians: both Slow Loris and Jasmine have a chance to shine thanks to initiatives by Jazz North who nurture/showcase young jazz talent. Jazz North's Introduces scheme offers high-profile exposure at leading festivals, including Lancaster, Marsden, Liverpool, Manchester and now, the Ribble Valley!

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Ribble Valley Jazz Festival has a long standing commitment to develop young musicians and increase participation in performing jazz. Members (and ex-members) of the Jam Experiment group have featured at our festival since they were aspiring student musicians at Chethams School of Music in Manchester.

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Teri Birtwistle, singer/songwriter & guitar/vocalist has a rich soothing vocal style but is equally at ease belting out songs 'Joplinesque' style. The band has a love of blues rock, space funk and dub soul. The band draws influence from when the blues became psychedelic... the Doors, Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin. Regulars at the Number 39 - Hopstar Brewery Tap, Darwen.

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Live performance from Preston based improvisers Cold Bath Street. A band with strong links with the University of Central Lancashire will be presenting material from their third album: In an age when communication technologies paradoxically seem to increasingly isolate us from each other, Cold Bath Street return to the organic interactions of classic groups such as Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead and Can. See their workshop session...

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The Mighty Revelators got together in 2009 to play quality funky blues.

Each member of the band has a wealth of experience from playing in several other, different bands over the years. Whilst each individual has certain influences, their mutual love of the blues and a desire to play tastefully and respectfully ‘for the song’ become evident when they play.

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