Ribble International Valley Jazz Festival 2018, 3rd - 7th May
20 Book tickets at The Grand’s Ticket Office - see full details at the bottom of page 3. - Grand Finale at The Grand MONDAY 7 MAY Two Scoops Stage: 1:00pm to 3:00pm Venue: Inn at the Station | FREE! Two Scoops take time out from The Swing Commanders to bring you a delicious concoction of Gypsy Jazz and Bossa Nova. Their tasty mix of American classics and pop hits will make your Sundae go with a Swing! BwD Big Band with Paul J Rigby Stage: 3:00pm to 5:00pm Venue: Aspinall Arms | FREE! Experienced band leader Paul Rigby directs the BwD Big Band which brings a modern & youthful twist to a big band tradition. The band has an entertaining style suitable for all ages, It has a repertoire from swing/jazz through to latin/ funk - cannot fail to please and sure to get its audience jiving. It is full of young talent, including a marvellous female vocalist. Junkhousedog Blues Band Stage: 3:00pm to 5:00pm Venue: Rose & Crown | FREE! Junkhousedog Blues Band is a favourite at the Rose & Crown, at Ribble Valley Jazz Festival, and at other local blues/r&b festivals. Founded and fronted by the 2008/9 British Blues Harmonica Champion Luke Shaw, Junkhousedog mixes steamy shuffles & eclectic swing with true vintage Chicago style grit - the blues standard formula does not apply here. Music & Freedom Doors: 3:00pm | Stage: 3:30pm to 5:30pm Venue: United Reformed Church | FREE! Professor Brian Ward, leading Civil Rights scholar, and author of the landmark text "Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness, and Race Relations", gives a keynote address on Freedom Sounds: Music & the Civil Rights Movement - slides and presentation. Swingtime Big Band with Andy Prior + Emma Holcroft Doors: 4:00pm | Stage: 4:30pm to 7:00pm Venue: The Grand | Adv Ticket: £15/£14 members, under 16s: £5 High class musicianship, swing and entertainment. Musical Director and trombonist Jez Murphy launched this dynamic big band in 2013. In that short time it has achieved a fine reputation for high class musicianship, swing and entertainment value, presenting the best in both classic swing standards and more modern repertoire. Resident vocalist Emma Holcroft is joined on stage for this Ribble Valley Jazz Festival gig by Andy Prior. Lancashire born Andy, himself a band leader who has toured the world, including a season in Las Vegas, is without doubt one of the greatest big band singers ever to emerge from the UK. Frank Sinatra himself praised Andy during his stay in the USA. Jez Murphy's Swingtime Big Band has quickly established a reputation as a dynamic and highly skilled outfit with fine musicianship and entertaining performances. The bands popularity continues to grow and sees them performing to sold out shows across the North West. Featuring the finest Big Band players Swingtime is complimented by vocalist Emma Holcroft who sings a wide repertoire of classic jazz standards.