Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Ribble Valley rocks in May

From John Flanagan

The Ribble Valley Jazz Festival Committee are proud to present the 5th annual jazz festival on the first bank holiday weekend on 1st-5th May 2014.

The organisers have been busy trying to make the Clitheroe based event a weekend to stand alongside all of the UK's major jazz festivals. Boasting a national line up of fantastic performers there will be other new additions this year like the extended free to attend street festival, a jazz train, poetry meets jazz, an additional blues venue and even more workshops to participate in.
Clitheroe is a beautiful town and a great place to spend a weekend soaking up the vibrant atmosphere that the jazz festival has to offer. We are proud of what we have achieved already and we are also very excited about what the future holds.

There is a good balance between ticketed events and free to attend events but one of the biggest assets of this festival is the variety of entertainment on offer. This year alone there will be offerings of modern jazz, big band, trad, cafe jazz, western swing, gypsy jazz, easy listening, funk, dub, blues, soul, R&B, world roots, poetry and street entertainers. Venues are spread across the town centre and are all within walking distance. There will also be pre and post festival events in and around Clitheroe.

Involving the community is also very important to the organisers and what better way to get involved than signing up for one of the many workshops on offer? As well as the now very popular drumming workshop with Paul Rigby - the band leader of The Northern Jazz Orchestra, there are now some fantastic opportunities to join workshops by some of the UK's finest musicians like Dennis Rollins (trombone), Snake Davies (saxophone), Stuart Riley (double bass), Trish Ferrarin (multi-instrument improvisation). Festival partners 'Valley Gigs' will also be repeating their Ukelele workshop which was a sell out in 2013. Workshop places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

The festival line up this year includes; Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio, The National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Snake Davis, Tipitina & The One Voice Community Choir, JJ Wheeler Quintet, Marley Chingus, The Berry Trio, Rory Motion, Dub Jazz Soundsystem, Gary Boyle's Bruze and much much more!

For more information visit
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