Friday, 18 March 2016

Stellar line up at the Ribble Valley Jazz Fest

Bill Lawrence 28 April

Local National and International stars head for Clitheroe at the end of April for the 7th Ribble Valley Jazz Festival between 28th April and 1 May. There are more than 50 concerts to choose from. Highlights this year are-

The Bill Laurance Trio + Nag Champa
Date: Thursday 28 April, From 7:00pm, Stage: 7:30pm to 10:30pm.
Venue: The Grand Theatre, 18 York Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DL 
Tickets: £15 Adv
Bill Lawrence (keyboards) Jon Harvey (bass), Richard Spaven (drums) and percussionist Felix Higginbottom. 
Over the past decade, Snarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most internationally respected names in instrumental music. Taking a break from the global commitments of the trans Atlantic ensemble, we are absolutely thrilled to bring one of its original and core members, pianist and composer Bill Laurance, to open the 7th Ribble Valley Jazz Festival

Ben Crosland Quintet: “The Ray Davies Songbook”
Date: Friday 29 April, Doors 7:00pm, 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Venue: The Grand | Tickets: £15 | From: The Grand website.
Dave O’Higgins - tenor/soprano saxes, John Etheridge – guitar, Steve Lodder - piano/keys, Sebastiaan de Krom - drums, Ben Crosland - bass.
Ray Davies’ songs are rooted in the blues, music hall, popular song, variety and musical theatre – the perfect vehicles for jazz interpretation. Ben Crosland has assembled a Quintet of international quality to perform these imaginative arrangements

Martin Taylor Concert and Remi Harris Trio - presented by the University of Central Lancashire
Date: Saturday 30 April, Doors 2:00pm, 2:15pm to 4:30pm
Venue: The Grand | Tickets: £15 | From: The Grand website.
Martin Taylor - guitar. Remi Harris Trio: Remi Harris - guitar, Caley Groves - guitar, Mike Green - double bass.
Martin Taylor is “the acoustic guitarist of his generation” and the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz and fingerstyle guitar playing. His inimitable style, dazzles audiences with a style combining virtuosity, emotion and humour with a strong, engaging stage presence!  He has a record 14 British Jazz Awards with several albums in the Top 10 in USA and Europe. He is supported at this concert by rising jazz guitarist Remi Harris and his Trio.

Claire Martin & Ray Gelato
Date: Saturday 30 April, Doors 7:15pm, 8:00pm to 10:30am
Venue: The Grand | Tickets: £20 Adv | From: The Grand website.
Claire Martin - vocals, Ray Gelato - saxes, Dave Newton - piano.
Fresh from her star appearances at the televised BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, Ribble Valley Jazz Festival is thrilled to present Claire Martin OBE alongside her the hugely talented saxophonist Ray Gelato.

Courtney Pine & Zoe Rahman
Date: Sunday 1 May, Doors 7:30pm, 8:00pm to 10:30pm
The Grand | Tickets: £20 Adv | From: The Grand website.
Courtney Pine continues to break new ground with a string of highly acclaimed recordings and numerous prestigious Industry awards behind him. For this performance Courtney has stripped everything right back for the most intimate show of his long and celebrated career as he takes to the stage playing bass clarinet accompanied only by fellow Mercury nominee and MOBO Award winning pianist, Zoe Rahman.

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