Ribble Valley Jazz Festival tickets on sale

The sixth annual jazz festival in and around Clitheroe, Lancashire will feature Stacey Kent, Andy Sheppard, Soweto Kinch and more

Tickets are now on sale for the sixth Ribble Valley Jazz Festival which will take place in and around Clitheroe over the May Bank Holiday, Friday 1 to Monday 4 May 2015, with over 50 bands and 350 musicians taking part.

Acts confirmed to play at the Lancashire town include Stacey Kent, Andy Sheppard (pictured), Soweto Kinch, and the Northern Jazz Orchestra.

Friday’s programme will feature British saxophonist Alan Skidmore at The Grand paying tribute to the music of John Coltrane, with a particular focus on drummer Elvin Jones who collaborated with Coltrane over many years. Friday also sees a seven-piece dub jazz outfit, Dread Supreme, perform at Clitheroe’s Castle Atrium.

On Saturday 2 May free live jazz and street performance will be the order of the day at the outdoor stages along Castle Street, as well as a ‘jazz train’ running from Manchester to Clitheroe. Saturday night’s headliner is Stacey Kent, performing with her quartet (Jim Tomlinson sax, Graham Harvey piano, Jeremy Brown bass, Josh Morrison drums) at the Grand. Saturday will also feature Manchester’s 10-piece jazz-ska band Baked A La Ska.

Sunday night’s programme includes UK-based saxophonist and composer Andy Sheppard, who will be leading a group featuring Norwegian guitarist Eivind Aarset, French-Algerian double-bassist Michel Benita and British drummer Sebastian Rochford, with Monday’s offerings including the Northern Jazz Orchestra led by Paul Rigby, with Georgina Jackson featuring on vocals.

The weekend will also see the inaugural Clitheroe Spring Food and Drink Festival take place at Clitheroe Castle Field, an appearance from BBC Young Musician of the Year Alex Bone with Clitheroe pianist Eric Ainsworth, and rural villages around Ribble Valley also taking part with gigs being staged in Hurst Green and Sawley.

Geoff Jackson, a member of the festival organising team, describes the festival programme as “an adventurous line-up with genuine jazz heritage”.

Find out more and book tickets at the Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues website or call the box office on 01200 421599.

Sally Evans-Darby

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