Just jazz and generosity

Pudsey gets into the swing during a set from the Mark Lewis Quartet
Pudsey gets into the swing during a set from the Mark Lewis Quartet

A TREMENDOUS total of £1,700 was rauised when Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues successfully hosted a second Jazz Marathon for Children in Need.

The 12-hour event provided an amazing feast of music and fun, with 16 bands and more than 60 musicians giving their musicianship and time for free. It was extremely well attended, creating a vibrant atmosphere, and it was clear everyone had a great time. There were many highlights of the day and many star performances.

The Atrium Cafe manager, Jenni Schumann pictured with Pudsey bear during the Children in Need event.

The Atrium Cafe manager, Jenni Schumann pictured with Pudsey bear during the Children in Need event.

St Augustine’s School Band opened the event with a rousing session, setting the benchmark for the day. The arrival of Pudsey Bear was a fun moment as he danced along to a specially commissioned jazz version of the Teddy Bears Picnic, arranged and played by The Mark Lewis Quartet.

Sue Lightbown, chairman of Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Club, commented: “Throughout the day we had raffles and auctions and it was amazing to be able to better our total of 2011. None of this would have been possible without the support of everyone who attended and donated money, bought raffle tickets and participated in the auction of Jazz memorabilia.

“The excitement was kept going by our brilliant compere Ed Lomax, ably assisted later in the day by Paul Rigby, president of the RVJB annual festival. Between them they kept the raffles and auctions going for 12 hours and the event was brought to an energetic conclusion by The Pendle Jazz Men.”

Sue added: “RVJB would like to commend all the musicians, the stewards and our helpers who sold raffle tickets, the Atrium Café staff, everyone who attended and most significantly all those many, many local business and friends of RVJB who donated prizes – we couldn’t have done it without you.”