The 2014 edition of the Ribble Valley Jazz Fest marks the event’s 5th anniversary and features over 300 musicians for five days of jazz music. From May 1st to 5th, over the Bank Holiday Weekend, the town of Clitheroe – in Northwestern England – will be the jazziest place in springtime.
This May, the Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues team will celebrate the 5th edition of its annual Jazz Fest. For the occasion, the organisers have put together a very rich schedule: top UK headline acts, fringe gigs, jazz music, genuine blues, workshops and performances by 325 musicians! Because 2014 marks the fifth birthday of the happening, festival president Paul J Rigby and his team have also planned an exciting edition, which also features pre and post festival shows.
First act of the pre-festival concerts, which will take place on March 29th and April 4th respectively, is the Bristol-based jazz quartet and winner of the BBC Jazz Awards Get the Blessing.
The band, whose live performances have been described as “technically audacious, mysterious and droll” as well as “instrumental entertainment that is unfailingly tuneful and readily accessible”, will perform at The Grand.
The second warm up gig, prelude to the Ribble Valley Jazz Fest 2014, will be a show by the duo Mike Walker & Stuart McCallum. A familiar face at the Manchester Jazz Festival, where he has performed countless times, Walker has shared the stage with artists such as Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland and Vince Mendoza. McCallum, on the other hand, is known for his alternative jazz repertoire, which takes inspiration from jazz, electronica, rock and contemporary classical music, and for his work as member of the Cinematic Orchestra. Mike Walker & Stuart McCallum will held their Ribble Valley Jazz Fest pre-gig on April 4th, at the Atrium Café Bar.
Opening Night, the Street Festival and the Jazz Train
On May 1st, The Ribble Valley Jazz Fest 2014 will officially kick off with the music of Camerata Ritmata. The quartet, which explores new forms of music from all corners of the world, will take the audience for a musical journey across the globe. From the raw power and spirituality of Native American music, to pulsating East African rhythms and colourful ragas of India and South Asia… get ready to experience music like never before!
On Friday May 2nd it will be time for the local swingin’ ensemble CRGS – short for Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Swing Band – and the “Django Reinhardt” repertoire of Matt Wells & Paul Murphy, the duo known as Djangobop.
The night will also see a performance by Julie Edwards and Kevin Dearden, duo that has worked exhaustedly around the north of England and beyond, and the Berry Trio. Bassist and composer Steve, Jessica – who is one of the most in-demand singers in London – and saxophonist Dan Berry will present their shared passion for jazz as the Berry Trio.. When music is “a family affair”…
The weekend of the Ribble Valley Jazz 2014 will also feature two unique events: the jazz train and the street festival. The first, gives people the opportunity to enjoy a train ride from Blackburn to Clitheroe with the live music of the Blowjangles.
The street festival, on the other hand, is a full day of joy and live music in the festival’s own marquee. Castle Street will be closed to the traffic to create the perfect atmosphere for a Saturday of street performances. A series of admission-free concerts are art of the day’s programme: the guitar riffs of festival regular Kevin Morris, the Pendle Jazzmen, the Manchester-based group Aeola – with Allison Clarke on vocals – and the eclectic mix of soulful blues and jazz funk of the Cottonhouse Shakers!
Dennis Rollins, Snake Davis, Workshops and LiveJazz
Rollins, trombone player and leader of the band BadBone and Co., has performed with international stars like Jamiroquai, Maceo Parker, Dionne Warwick, Sting, Marcus Miller and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (which will also perform at the festival, on May 3rd). On Sunday May 4th, Rollins will held a trombone workshop followed by a show with his Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio.
Snake Davis has established himself as one of the UK’s top sax players. Over the years, he has shared the stage with the likes of James Brown, Chaka Khan and Smokey Robinson as resident saxophonist of “Tonight with Jonathan Ross”. At the Ribble Valley Jazz Fest 2014, 20 lucky saxophonists will have the unique opportunity to learn from Davis himself during a saxophone workshop. After the session, Davis will be back in action for a live show alongside his Snake Davis Band.
The programme for Monday May 5th, features a drumming for beginners workshop held by festival director Paul J Rigby, the blues of Tipitina & the One Voice Community Choir and the free concerts by the young Leeds-based, gypsy jazz band Matt Holborn Quartet and Gary Boyle’s Bruze.
The 2014 edition of the Ribble Valley Jazz Fest will say goodbye to its audience with a post-festival show at the Atrium Café Bar. Star of the night will be Award-winning alto saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch and his Soweto Kinch Trio.
More information about the Ribble Valley Jazz Fest 2014 is available here
Enjoy Ribble Valley Jazz Fest 2014!
Clitheroe, United Kingdom